Dr. John J. Quinn
International Political Economy
Political Science 370: Current Issues
Office: McClain 206D x4578
In this course, students learn the fundamentals concerning the rise of international economic cooperation and conflict. Thus we have an overlapping historical and theoretical approach to this sub-field of International Relations, though with a strong overlap with Comparative Politics. We shall examine the rise of international economic institutions and norm as well as some current international economic concerns through three primary theoretical prisms: Liberal, Realist, and Marxist (and their associated schools of thought). At the end of the course, students should understand the rise of international trade and financial institutions, the current state of such institutions, their evolving nature, and the basics of the three paradigms which seek to explain these phenomena.
Jeffry Frieden and David Lake, International Political Economy: Perspective on Global Power
and Wealth,3rd edition New York, St. Martin’s Press, 2000.
Thomas Lairson and David Skidmore, International Political Economy: The Struggle for Power
and Wealth,2nd edition. New York: Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1997.
Gilpin, Robert. Global Political Economy: Understanding for the International Economic Order.
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2001.
Other readings will be posted on blackboard. It is also strongly recommended that students begin to read such periodicals as The Financial Times, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, or the New York Times. This will help you understand current events for IPE as well as generate ideas for the paper.
During the course, there will be three major exams (including the final) as well as one paper. Each student is responsible for bringing a blue book on the day of the exam, including the final exam. Each exam counts for 100 points and the paper counts for 150 points as well. Attendance and participation will be used to decide the remaining 50 points for the course. Perfect attendance without any participation will merit a middle C (75%). Good participation and comments reflect that students have read and have an initial understanding of the materials. Should it become clear that students have not been reading the assigned readings prior to class, a regime of pop quizzes will be instituted and used to calculate the participation grade.
The paper requires students to use one of the core ideas or approaches of international political economy to analyze how economic policy or institutions emerged. Students must show how one of the major theories or approaches presented in class is consistent with or can account for — or are at odds with — particular institutions, or some political, economic, or social development within a country of their choice. Is the paradigm consistent with outcomes in the country? Can a competing paradigm answer the question more effectively?
Students must turn in proposed topics for appropriateness.