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International Political and Economic Organizations

Global Development
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

This course intends to provide an introduction to International Political Economy, i.e., the alliance and connection between international economics and international politics. We believe that this interfacing of the two areas is important, since it is the only successful way of understanding and analysing the patterns of interaction and change at the global level - which means that we use an integrative method of both areas. Apart from the introductory modules on the theories of International Political Economy, our students will be able to analyse it from the International Relations perspective, concepts and literature, with a special focus on the political and economic interaction between states themselves and with non-state actors. Finally, we will address the most important both Political and Economic International Organisations in the global world - the European Union and the United Nations; and the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), respectively.

Course Content

1. International Political Economy

  a) Theories and Issues: Mercantilism and economic nationalism; Classical liberalism and neoliberalism; Imperialism, dependency and neo-Marxism

2. Development and International Economics

3. From State to Global Politics

  a) Global Governance and International Organisations

  b) Global power shifts

4. International Political Organisations

  a) European Union

  i) Lobbying and Policy Making in the EU

  b) United Nations

5. International Economic Organisations: Structure, Issues and Actors

  a) The global financial and monetary order: World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF)

  b) World Trade Organization (WTO): The International Trade System


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Kaddous, Christine. The European Union in International Organisations and Global Governance. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015.

Laatikainen, Katie Verlin. Smith, Karen E. The European Union at the United Nations: Intersecting Multilateralisms. Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics, 2006.

Peet, Richard. Unholy Trinity: The IMF, World Bank and WTO. 2nd Edition. Zed Books, 2009.

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Yu, Tony Fu-Lai. Wai-Kee, Yuen. Kwan, Diana S. International Economic Development: Leading Issues and Challenges. Routledge Studies in the Modern World Economy. Routledge, 2014.