Global Political Economy

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Global Political Economy

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Course Schedule

Below you will find a rough course schedule. The assigned readings vary considerably in length. Students should therefore plan accordingly. Students should come prepared for each day having carefully digested all of the assigned readings. You are responsible for all readings, both in class and for exams and papers.

 

In addition to the assigned readings, everyone expected to keep up with IPE news around the world. One should therefore read a major daily newspaper regularly.

 

 

 

Schedule

Date
Assignment

 

August 29 Introduction: No Reading

 

August 31 What is IPE?

 

  Susan Strange, “Prologue: Some Desert Island Stories,” States and Markets (Pinter, 2nd ed., 1994)
B&V, ch. 1

Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hitman, prologue

 
 

Theoretical Approaches

 
September 5 Liberalism  
  B&V, ch. 3  
  David Dollar and Aart Kraay, "Spreading the Wealth"  
September 7 Mercantalism  
  B&V, ch. 2  
  Alexander Hamilton, Excerpts from Report on Manufactures  
September 12 Marxism/Structuralism  
  B&V, ch. 4  
  Theotonio Dos Santos, "The Structure of Dependence"  
September 14 Critical Perspectives  
  B&V, ch. 5

 
 

History, Money and Trade

 
September 19 Origins of the World Economy  
  Lairson and Skidmore, International Political Economy, ch. 3
Pietra Rivoli, Travels of a T-Shirt in the World Economy, chs. 1-3
 
September 21 High and Low Politics  
  B&V, ch. 9
Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hitman, pp. 3-33
 
September 26 Money: The Basics  
  B&V, ch. 7  
September 28 International Monetary Relations  
  B&V, pp. 166-70
Country Study due
 
October 3 The Asian Financial Crisis  
  B&V, pp. 175-85
Frontline Video: "The Crash"
 
October 5 Global Investors: TNCs  
  B&V, ch. 17  
October 10 Midterm Exam  
October 12 Case Study: Oil TNCs  
  Case #1: Manby, "Shell in Nigeria: Corporate Social Responsibility and the Ogoni Crisis"  
October 17 The Political Economy of Oil  
  B&V, ch. 18
Perkins, chs. 14-16
 
October 19 Trade  
  B&V, pp. 113-28
Case Study #2: Elms, "Intellectual Property Rights, Drug Access, and the Doha Round"
 
October 24 The Politics of World Trade  
  Rivoli, part 3
B&V, pp. 128-140
Walden Bello, "Why Monday's Collapse of the Doha Round Negotiations is the Best Outcome for Developing Countries" Focus on the Global South
 
October 26 Regional Integration: The EU  
  B&V, ch. 11

 
 

Development and Globalization

 
October 31 Development  
  B&V, pp. 331-40
Jeffrey Sachs, The End of Poverty, pp. 1-50
 
November 2 The Rise of Development States  
  B&V, pp. 340-5
Rivoli, part 2
 
November 7 Debt and Development  
  William Easterly, "Think Again: Debt Relief"  
November 9 International Financial Institutions  
  Charles Gore, "The Rise and Fall of the Washington Consensus"
Bretton Woods Project, "One Hand Gives While the Other Takes: Nicaragua Under IMF Conditions"
 
November 14 Globalization 1: Production and the Throw Away Economy  
  Frontline: Is Wal-Mart Good For America?
Rivoli, part 4
 
November 16 Globalization 2: Offshore  
  William Brittain-Catlin, Offshore: The Dark Side of the Global Economy, chs. 1-2  
November 21 Catch-up Day  
  No Reading
Paper Due
 
November 23 Thanksgiving Break
 
November 28 Development, Security, Empire and Resistance  
  Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hitman, 141-225

 
 
The Underside of the Global Economy
 
November 30 Illicit Narcotics  
  M. Wilson and S. Zambrano, "Cocaine, Commodity Chains and Drug Policies: A Transnational Approach," in Gereffi and Korzeinewiecz, eds., Commodity Chains and Global Capitalism. Greenwood Press, 1994, ch. 15  
December 5 Slavery and Human Trafficking  
  Readings TBA  
December 7 Course Wrap-up  
  B&V, ch. 21  
     
  Final Exam  
  TBA