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Opleidingsonderdelen 2012-2013  
International Political Economy
Vakgebied:Politieke wetenschappen
Semester:1e semester
Contractrestrictie(s):Geen contractrestrictie
Examen:1e semester
Lesgever(s)Dirk De Bièvre
Arlo Poletti


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1. Aanvangscompetenties

Bij aanvang van dit opleidingsonderdeel dient de student over de volgende competenties te beschikken:
Actieve beheersing van :
  • Engels

The course as well as all the reading material are all in English.

Specifieke aanvangscompetenties voor dit opleidingonderdeel:
  • You keep yourselves informed about current international affairs and you are interested in assessing conflicting explanations of international political and economic developments.
  • You are able to apply abstract generalising statements to concrete cases.
  • You master basic notions of Theories of International Relations and International Economics



2. Eindcompetenties

  • convey insight in some of the most important questions of international political economy
  • learn how to assess different answers to those questions
  • develop a critical reading attitude

3. Inhoud

First class: We 3 September, 8.30 – 10.30 am, M.101.

You will buy and read the following book from cover to cover:

Oatley, Thomas (2012), International Political Economy: Interests and Institutions in the Global Economy, 5th edition, New York: Pearson Longman. Available at the Acco bookshop.



1.        Collective action, 3 Oct                                                                                                             De Bièvre

a.        Boncek

b.       The classic: Olson (1965 ) , Ch. 1 & 2

2.        Trade and coalitions , 10 Oct                                                                                   De Bièvre & Poletti

a.        The factoral approach: Rogowski (1989 ) , Ch. 1 & 2

b.       The sectoral approach: Hiscox (2001 )

3.        ‘Do interest groups or the state run trade policy?’,  24 Oct                        Poletti

a.        A society- vs. state-centered approach to trade politics: Oatley (2012 ) , Ch. 4-5

b.       Protection for exporters: Dür (2010 ) , Intro & Ch. 1;

Access theory: Ehrlich (2007 )


4.         Commitment and institutions, 26 Oct                                                                De Bièvre

a.        Parliament, property rights, and capital markets: North and Weingast (1989 )

b.       The origins of central banks: Broz (1998 )

5.        The Unholy Trinity and monetary politics, 7 Nov                                           De Bièvre

a.        The Unholy Trinity: Cohen (2002 )

b.       Society- versus state-centered approaches: Oatley (2012 ) , Ch. 12 & 13

6.        European Monetary Union, 21 Nov                                                                      De Bièvre & Poletti

a.        Societal preferences and the creation of the Euro: Frieden (2002 )

b.       ‘It would have been worse without the Euro’: Jones (2009 )



Part III: Finance

7.        Developing countries and financial crises, 23 Nov                                        Poletti

a.        Latin-American ISI and the 80s debt crisis: Oatley (2012 ) , Ch. 6, 7, 14

b.       The Asian financial crisis: Oatley (2012 ) , Ch. 15

8.        Sovereign debt and default, 5 Dec                                                                       Poletti

a.        Helleiner,  Select from bottom of webpage

b.       Jones on EU sovereign debt crisis,

9.        The cluster of Antwerp harbor, 12 Dec                                                               De Bièvre & Poletti

a.        Locational advantages and multinationals: Oatley (2012 ) , Ch. 8 & 9

b.       To be announced



-           Texts from the periodical International Organization and Journal of Economic History are available electronically on the UA-library website (like in JSTOR, or other databases)

-           Chapters from books are available under ‘study material’ on the course Blackboard site.

BROZ, L. J. 1998. The Origins of Central Banking: Solutions to the Free-Rider Problem. International Organization, 52, 231-268.

COHEN, B. J. 2002. The Triad and the Unholy Trinity: Problems of International Monetary Cooperation. In: FRIEDEN, J. & LAKE, D. A. (eds.) International Political Economy. 4th ed. London: Routledge.

DÜR, A. 2010. Protection for Exporters. Power and Discrimination in Transatlantic Trade Relations, 1930 - 2010, Ithaca and London, Cornell University Press.

EHRLICH, S. D. 2007. Access to Protection: Domestic Institutions and Trade Policy in Democracies. International Organization, 61, 571-605.

FRIEDEN, J. 2002. Real sources of European currency policy: Sectoral interests and European monetary integration. International Organization, 56, 831-860.

HISCOX, M. J. 2001. Class Versus Industry Cleavages: Inter-Industry Factor Mobility and the Politics of Trade. International Organization, 55, 1-46.

JONES, E. 2009. The Euro and the Financial Crisis. Survival, 51, 41 - 54.

NORTH, D. C. & WEINGAST, B. R. 1989. Constitution and Commitment: The Evolution of Institutions Governing Public Choice in Seventeenth-Century England. Journal of Economic History, 49, pp. 803-832.

OATLEY, T. 2012. International Political Economy: Interests and Institutions in the Global Economy, New York, Longman.

OLSON, M. 1965. The Logic of Collective Action. Public Goods and the theory of groups, Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press.

ROGOWSKI, R. 1989. Commerce and Coalitions: How Trade affects domestic political alignments, Princeton, Princeton University Press.



4. Werkvormen
  • Hoorcolleges
  • Seminaries

  • Eigen werk:
  • Oefeningen
  • Opdrachten:In groep

  • Excursie

    5. Evaluatievormen

  • Mondeling met schriftelijke voorbereiding
  • Open vragen

  • Permanente evaluatie:
  • Medewerking tijdens de contactmomenten

  • Portfolio:
  • met mondelinge toelichting

  • 6. Studiemateriaal

    6.1 Noodzakelijk studiemateriaal

  • Oatley, T. (2012) International Political Economy: Interests and Institutions in the Global Economy (New York: Longman; 5th edition).

    You need to buy your own copy of this book at the Acco bookstore or over the internet. This is essential as you will be expected have a reading assignment of 2 chapters before each class.

  • Supplementary reading will be provided through Blackboard, are available in the electronic UA library, or freely available on the web.

    Daily reading of the Financial Times

  • 6.2 Facultatief studiemateriaal

    Het volgende studiemateriaal kan vrijblijvend bestudeerd worden.

    Check out some of the publications of the following think tanks:

    - On WTO trade negotiations, see the website of the Geneva-based NGO 'International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development' (ICTSD),

    - On EU trade policy, see the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) in Brussels:

    - On the sovereign debt crisis in the Eurozone, see Brussels-based think-tank Bruegel:

    Some recommended, optional reading, complementing the obligatory readings, or filling gaps of things we will not be able to cover in the course:


    1.        Davis, C. J. (2012). Why adjudicate? Enforcing Trade Rules in the WTO. Princeton, Princeton University Press.

    2.        Frieden, J. A., D. A. Lake, et al. (2009). World Politics: Interests, Interactions, Institutions. New York, W.W. Norton & Co.

    3.        Galbraith, J. K. (1992). The great crash 1929: the classic study of that disaster. London, Penguin Books.

    4.        Genschel, P. (2002), 'Globalization, tax competition, and the welfare state', Politics and Society 30(2).

    5.        Gilligan, M. J. (1997). Empowering exporters: reciprocity, delegation, and collective action in American trade policy. Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press.

    6.        Gilligan, M. J. (1997), 'Lobbying as a private good with intra-industry trade', International Studies Quarterly 41(3): 455-474.

    7.        Goldstein, J. L. and L. L. Martin (2000), 'Legalization, Trade Liberalization, and Domestic Politics: A Cautionary Note', International Organization 54(3): 603-632.

    8.        Jones, E. (2008). Economic adjustment and political transformation in small states. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

    9.        Jones, E. (2003). The Politics of Economic and Monetary Union. Integration and Idiosyncracy. Lanham, Rowman & Littlefield.

    10.    Katzenstein, P. (1985). Small states in world markets: industrial policy in Europe. Ithaca, Cornell University Press.

    11.    Milgrom, P. R., D. C. North, et al. (1990), 'The Role of Institutions in the Revival of Trade: The Law Merchant, Private Judges, and the Champagne Fairs', Economics and Politics 2(1): 1-21.

    12.    North, D. C. (1990). Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

    13.    Spruyt, H. (1996). The Sovereign State and Its Competitors: An Analysis of Systems Change. Princeton, Princeton University Press.

    14.    Wolf, D. and B. Zangl (1996), 'The European Economic and Monetary Union', European Journal of International Relations 2(3): 355-393.


    7. Contactgegevens en begeleiding

    (+)laatste aanpassing: 17/09/2012 15:37 dirk.debievre