Classes

POL 555: Political economy of development

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

The class is a graduate level research seminar covering selected recent scholarship on the political economy of development. We will focus on how political processes affect economic performance from both a “macro” and “micro” perspective, including such factors as: institutions, historical legacies, political regimes, sources of poor governance and conflict, and the role of international economics and politics. The topics covered in this seminar scratch the surface on the political economy of development. Thus the primary aim...

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POL 981: Globalization and Politics (Junior Workshop)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Globalization – broadly defined as the movement of people, money, and goods across national borders –  is an increasingly salient topic for citizens, governments/states, and the natural environment. This junior workshop examines the drivers and consequences associated with globalization, with a particular emphasis on the political dimension. Some political drivers include (but are not limited to): partisanship, the process of democratization, international influences (e.g., the United States, World Bank, International Monetary Fund), and interest groups....

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POL 440: Politics of International Finance and Development

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

This seminar examines how politics affects the international economy, and vice versa. It will focus primarily on the political economy of international finance and development, across nations, issues, and time. We will explore some of the following questions: Why do financial crises occur? How does a nation’s currency affect its domestic and international politics? Are countries “punished” for defaulting on their debt? Is foreign aid “effective”? How does financial...

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POL 385: International Political Economy

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

This course examines how politics affects the international economy and vice-versa.  The course will apply theories and tools of political economy to explore some of the following questions: who wins and loses from international trade and finance? How does globalization affect domestic politics (e.g., the 2016 election, regulations, inequality, environment) in developed and developing countries? Who sets the “rules” under which the global economy operates?  How influential are international...

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