GV4F8      Half Unit
Institutions and Global Trade

This information is for the 2023/24 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Stephanie Rickard


This course is available on the MSc in Political Science (Conflict Studies and Comparative Politics), MSc in Political Science (Political Behaviour), MSc in Political Science (Political Science and Political Economy) and Master of Public Policy. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course is controlled access and spaces are limited. Priority will be given to students enrolled on MSc programmes in the Department of Government and on the Master of Public Policy.

Course content

This course examines the role interests and institutions play in global trade and countries’ trade policies. Theories from both economics and political science are used to understand how formal institutions and economic interests shape trade policies and politics. This course examines domestic political institutions, such as electoral systems, as well as international institutions, such as the World Trade Organization.


This course provides a minimum of 30 hours of lectures and seminars in the Winter Term. There will be a reading week in WT Week 6 for private study and assessment preparation.

Formative coursework

Students will be asked to complete weekly writing assignments.

Indicative reading

Osgood, Iain. (2017) “The Breakdown of Industrial Opposition to Trade in World Politics.” World Politics 69(1): 184-231.

Evans, Carolyn. (2009) “A Protectionist Bias in Majoritarian Politics: An Empirical Investigations.” Economics & Politics 21(2): 278-307.

Zahrnt, Valentin. “Domestic Constituents and the Formulation of WTO Negotiating Positions: What the Delegates Say.” World Trade Review. 7.2 (2008): 393–421.


Essay (100%, 3500 words) in the ST.

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2022/23: 10

Average class size 2022/23: 10

Controlled access 2022/23: Yes

Value: Half Unit

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