IR209: International Political Economy

Session: One
Prerequisites: At least one introductory course in either social science (e.g. political science, international relations, sociology, economics), history or law

Dr Jeffrey Chwieroth

This course will introduce students to the contemporary study of international political economy, or how politics and economics interact at the global, regional and national levels. The course will highlight the major analytical frameworks in the field of IPE and how these can be applied to empirical questions concerning the structure of the global political economy, the sources and implications of globalisation, the nature of international economic institutions, and national economic policy choices. In the empirical topics we cover a mixture of historical and contemporary issues, including:

  • European Monetary Union
  • Trade policies and economic development
  • Globalisation of capital markets
  • Financial crises
  • Global economic governance
  • The politics of global imbalances

Each of the twelve daily sessions for the course will consist of a lecture, followed by a seminar discussion. 

Thomas Oatley, International Political Economy,  Pearson/Longman, 5th edition (2011). 
John Ravenhill (ed.), Global Political Economy, Oxford University Press, 3rd edition (2011).
Andrew Walter and Gautam Sen, Analyzing the Global Political Economy, Princeton University Press (2009).

Lectures: 36 hours  Classes: 12 hours
Assessment: Two written examinations