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This course examines the politics of global economic relations. It will focus on issues of international trade, the international monetary system, and foreign investment-and the relationship of each to both domestic and international politics. Among the specific topics to be discussed are: trade and protectionism, the role and performance of global institutions such as the IMF, World Bank, and WTO, the significance of multinational corporations, efforts at regional economic integration such as the EU and NAFTA, the relationship of the world economy to the economic development of poor countries, the emergence of new economic players such as China and India, and the relationship between economic strength and political power.
In this course we will examine the role of economics in the modern global political system. This involves understanding the modern financial institutions of the postwar world and how they have developed over time. We will look at three major theories that try to explain how this system works: the liberal, neo-mercantilist, and structuralist perspectives. We also examine the system from the perspective of the globally powerful nations as well as from the viewpoint of developing nations. Finally, we will look at some of the major problems that the system currently faces such as integration and the indebtedness of the developing world.
Any 15 points at 100 level from POLS, orany 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA, orLAWS, GEOG, orthe Schedule V of the BCom.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Balaam, David N. , Dillman, Bradford;
Introduction to international political economy
Other readings will be available through LEARN.
Domestic fee $799.00
International fee $3,600.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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Language, Social and Political Sciences