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 and you should therefore plan accordingly. 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
   
January 20 Introduction: No Reading
January 25 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

 

Theory and History

January 27 Liberalism
  B&V, ch. 3
February 1 Mercantalism
  B&V, ch. 2
  Alexander Hamilton, Excerpts from Report on Manufactures
February 3 Marxism/Structuralism
  B&V, ch. 4
  Andre Gunder Frank, "The Development of Underdevelopment"
February 8 Commodity Chains
  Gereffi, "A Commodity Chains Approach for Analyzing Global Industries"
February 10 Origins of the World Economy
  Brawley, Power, Money and Trade, pp. 199-205
Cohn, Global Political Economy, ch. 3

February 15 High and Low Politics
  B&V, ch. 9
Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hitman, pp. 3-33
February 17 Modern High and Low Politics
  Case #1: Auerswald and Shaver, "It's Not Just the Economy, Stupid"
 

Money

February 22 Money: The Basics
  B&V, ch. 7
February 24 International Monetary Relations
  B&V, pp. 166-70
Country Study due
March 1 The Global Financial Crisis
  B&V, pp. 175-85
Frontline Video: "The Warning "
March 3 The Global Financial Crisis II
  Johnson, "The Quiet Coup"
March 8 The Global Financial Crisis III
  The Economist, "The Repurcussions of Dubai"
The Economist, "Default Lines: Default and the Euro Area"
March 10 Midterm Exam
March 15-17 Spring Break: No Class
 
Investment and Trade
March 22 Multinational Corporations and Global Production
   
March 24 Oil!
  B&V, ch. 18
Perkins, chs. 14-16
March 29 The Politics of World Trade
  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
March 31 T-shirts, Sweat and Child Labor
  Case #2, "A Helping Hand?"
Silverstein, "Shopping for Sweat"
April 5 Global Production and the Throw Away Economy
 

Frontline: Is Wal-Mart Good For America?

 

Development and Globalization

April 7 Development
  B&V, pp. 331-40
Jeffrey Sachs, The End of Poverty, pp. 1-50
April 12 The Rise of Development States
  B&V, pp. 340-5
April 14 Development, Security, Empire and Resistance
  Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hitman, 141-225
April 19 Commodity Presentations
  Commodity Papers also due
 
The Underside of the Global Economy
April 21 Smuggling,
  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
April 26-28 No Class
  View film, "Darwin's Nightmare"
May 3 Bodies as Commodities
  Naím, Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy, chs. 1-2
Video: Organs for Sale
   
  Final Exam
  TBA