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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Fall 2009

GOV 388L • International Political Economy

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39408 TH
12:30 PM-3:30 PM
BAT 1.104
McDonald, P

Course Description

This is a graduate course on international political economy designed to prepare you for comprehensive exams in international relations and to conduct original research in this field. Its primary focus will be the reciprocal interaction between markets and political behavior in the anarchical international system. We will explore such questions as why do states trade? Under what conditions do governments restrict international commerce? What explains the evolution of American trade policy throughout the twentieth century? How does capital mobility constrain national economic policy? When do governments join fixed exchange rate regimes? What is the role of international organizations such as the IMF and the World Bank in fostering development? Does international trade promote peace? The course is structured so as to create a dialogue between scholarship in political science and economics on two broad topics: the political economy of international trade and international monetary relations.

Grading Policy

Attendance and participation 20% 3 Short papers 10% Long paper #1 30% Long paper #2 40%


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