International Political Economy

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With the expansion of globalization during the last decades, economic conflict and cooperation among states play an increasingly important role for international political affairs in the modern state system. This course examines the political origins and political consequences of the intense economic ties that characterize contemporary interstate relations. The course integrates insights from previous courses of the BARI by showing how explanations from international economics are insufficient to understand the major developments in the history of the international economic system. The course also builds on international relations theory to identify the central political factors that influence foreign economic policy. In particular, we examine how the distribution of power in the international system, the presence of international institutions, and the political interests of governments, political parties and interest groups influence interstate economic relations.

The course has four parts. The first part reviews the major developments in the international economic system, discusses historical approaches to International Political Economy (IPE) and outlines the major theoretical building blocs of modern IPE. The second part analyzes the politics of trade, including international trade cooperation, domestic trade politics, preferential trade agreements, and trade and development. The third part studies the political roots of international monetary relations, including the stability of international monetary systems, exchange rate politics, European monetary integration and international financial crises. The course concludes with a discussion of the implications of globalization for political accountability and democracy.[5]

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