GOV 388L • International Political Economy
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
This course offers an introduction to theories of international political economy (IPE), focusing on how changes in the international economy affect politics within and among states in the international system. We review two analytical traditions, one that examines states as if they were unitary rational actors in the international political economy, and one that examines the effects of domestic politics on foreign economic policy. We then explore the politics of international trade, monetary, investment, and migration policies in diverse historical and regional settings. Throughout the course, we discuss critical debates and issues in the sub-field. In particular, we address the merits of systemic and domestic approaches to the study of IPE and explore the explanatory power of interests, institutions, and ideas in explaining national responses to developments in the global economy.