IR469 Half Unit
Politics of Money in the World Economy
This information is for the 2023/24 session.
Prof Jeffrey Chwieroth CBG.10.12
This course is available on the MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Columbia), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Hertie), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and NUS), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Sciences Po), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Tokyo), MSc in International Affairs (LSE and Peking University), MSc in International Political Economy, MSc in International Political Economy (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in International Political Economy (Research), MSc in Political Science (Political Science and Political Economy) and Master of Public Administration. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
All students are required to obtain permission from the Teacher Responsible by completing the Student Statement box on the online application form linked to course selection on LSE for You. Admission is not guaranteed.
This course has a limited number of places (it is controlled access) and demand is typically high.
Students intending to take the course should have a strong background in monetary economics.
This course is designed as a component of the study of a global system in which the management and mismanagement of money and finance are matters of fundamental consequence for international relations. It is intended to be of particular relevance to students specialising in international political economy. This is a course in applied international political economy theory. It deals with the basic concepts regarding the creation, use and management of money and finance in the global system. Students are then introduced to the political foundations of international monetary governance. Issues covered include the use of national currencies as international money, the politics of exchange rate adjustment, the operations of banks and other institutions in international money and capital markets, the evolution of global financial markets, the relationship between states and markets in the arena of global finance, international monetary cooperation, and the choices of monetary and financial policies open to developed and developing countries. The course emphasises that contemporary issues, such as international financial crises, international financial regulation and the politics of IMF conditionality, are best understood in a broader theoretical and analytical context.
10 hours of lectures and 13 hours and 30 minutes of seminars in the AT.
Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.
Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the AT.
Students are expected to make presentations on topics of their choice and to write one 1,500 word essay, to be marked by the seminar teacher.
No one book covers the entire syllabus, but the following general works provide a useful introduction:
- B Eichengreen, Globalizing Capital (2019);
- T Porter, Globalization and Finance (2005);
- D Andrews (ed), International Monetary Power 2006);
- J Frieden, Currency politics: the political economy of exchange rate policy (2015);
- E Helleiner, The status quo crisis: global financial governance after the 2008 meltdown (2014);
- C. Norloff, America's global advantage: US hegemony and international cooperation (2010);
- B Cohen, Currency power: understanding monetary rivalry (2015);
- J Chwieroth and A Walter, The Wealth Effect (2019)
Take-home assessment (100%) in January.
Student performance results
(2019/20 - 2021/22 combined)
|Classification||% of students|
Department: International Relations
Total students 2022/23: 60
Average class size 2022/23: 15
Controlled access 2022/23: Yes
Lecture capture used 2022/23: Yes (MT)
Value: Half Unit
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