International Political Economy

  • Summer schools
  • Department of International Relations
  • Application code SS-IR209
  • Starting 2019
  • Short course: Open
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

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.

Session: One
Dates: 17 June – 5 July 2019
Lecturer: Professor Jeffrey Chwieroth


Programme details

Key facts

Level: 200 level. Read more information on levels in our FAQs

Fees:  Please see Fees and payments

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: One examination and one essay

Typical credit**: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)

*Assessment is optional

**You will need to check with your home institution

For more information on exams and credit, read Teaching and assessment


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

Programme structure

  • Globalisation and the Rise of Populism in the West.
  • Financial Crises in Latin America (1980 – 2001); East Asia (1997/1998) and Advanced Economies (2008 – 2012).
  • Global Trade Imbalances between the United States and China.
  • Brexit and European Monetary Union.
  • The World Trade Organisation and Trade Policies.
  • Financial Globalisation.
  • Economic Development.
  • The International Monetary Fund and World Bank.
  • Climate Change and Global Environmental Politics.
  • Multinational Corporations.
  • Regional Trade Agreements.

Course outcomes

Students will gain an introduction to the study of international political economy (IPE).


With a vibrant research culture, the LSE Department of International Relations is one of the oldest and largest in the world, and remains a leading world centre for the development of the subject. Its reputation for international excellence was recognised in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise, the LSE Government and International Relations Departments' joint submission was ranked first in the UK for the percentage of its research graded world leading or internationally excellent (88%). LSE also came top in the Politics and International Studies REF panel in terms of the most research publications graded “world leading” (4*); the absolute number of top-rated research outputs.         

LSE’s Department of International Relations ranked 5th in the world in the 2018 QS World University ranking for Politics and International Studies.

On this three-week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE’s international relations faculty.

Reading materials

Thomas Oatley, International Political Economy,  Pearson/Longman, 5th edition (2016). 

John Ravenhill (ed.), Global Political Economy, Oxford University Press, 5th edition (2016).

*A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme

**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice

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