GOV 360N • US Trade Policy and Politics
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Course number may be repeated for credit when topics vary. This course examines the politics of American foreign economic policy. Why does the United States trade with other nations? Who gains and who loses from international trade? Does trade liberalization promote global prosperity and peace or merely benefit the strong at the expense of the weak? We confront these issues every day as nations become increasingly integrated into the global economy, yet we seldom put them in context or try to understand the larger patterns that characterize international economic relations. The readings in this course work toward developing an understanding of America's role in the global economy and the impact of "globalization" on national politics. Our goal is to apply contending theoretical perspectives to practical questions and issues in order to draw conclusions relevant to broader policy debates. Among the many topics addressed in the course are the costs and benefits of international trade; historical and contemporary developments in American trade policy; trade and economic development; and the North-South conflict. In addition we investigate American policy toward international economic institutions (e.g., IMF, GATT, WTO) and contemporary issues, like NAFTA, trade and human rights, and trade conflicts with America's major trading partners. The course is designed for government majors with a strong interest in international affairs and public policy. The course has a lecture format but we will explore issues in greater depth during in-class discussion.