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Theories and Issues in International Political Economy (PO942)

Theories in International Political Economy

Is the Single European Market a free trade agreement or an example of regional protectionism? Has the left/right axis of politics been replaced by the choice between pro- and anti-globalization agendas?The module aims to provide robust and critical knowledge of key concepts and theoretical debates in International Political Economy ranging from mainstream systemic approaches like Realism and Liberalism, through to more every day and cultural approaches like Feminism and Post-Colonial IPE. The module aims to develop an ability to analyse, compare and critically evaluate fundamental assumptions and arguments in IPE and IPE-related literature.

Issues in International Political Economy

With the globalisation of digital technologies, like smart phones and social media, why do national borders persist in the global economy? Should finance be regulated and, if so, how and by whom? What role do national interests play in free trade agreements? Is Trump an economic nationalist or does the media overstate his capacity to affect policy change?

The module aims to provide robust and critical knowledge of key concepts and issues in International Political Economy, ranging from mainstream concerns like Trade and Finance, through to more critical issues like the Environment or Resistance. The module aims to develop an ability to analyse, compare and critically evaluate fundamental assumptions and arguments in IPE and IPE-related literature.

Please note: for students on the MA in International Political Economy, you will take both parts as a 40 CATS core module. For students on other PAIS MA degrees, you will have the option of selecting one or both of these as 20 CATS modules.