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

Spring 2010

GOV 360N • International Political Economy

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38920 MWF
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
GAR 1.126
McDonald, P

Course Description

This is an introductory course to the study of international political economy. Its primary focus will be the reciprocal interaction between markets and political behavior in the international system. We will explore such questions as why do states trade? Under what conditions do governments restrict international commerce? How does capital mobility constrain national economic policy? What is the role of international organizations such as the IMF in fostering development? Do extensive natural resource endowments limit long-term economic growth? Does globalization promote peace? How does oil consumption threaten national security?

Grading Policy

Attendance, participation, and quizzes 20% Midterm 1 20% Midterm 2 25% Final 35%


Douglas Irwin. 2009. Free Trade Under Fire, 3d edition. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Paul Collier. 2007. The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can be Done About It. New York: Oxford University Press. Patrick J. McDonald. 2009. The Invisible Hand of Peace: Capitalism, the War Machine, and International Relations Theory. New York: Cambridge University Press.


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