Contemporary International Political Economy

School: School of Government
Department: Department of Political Science and International Studies

Final year module

Lecturer: Dr Huw Macartney

This module is all about crisis and change.  The first half of the module will focus on the global financial crisis (GFC) for two reasons:

  • The crisis has sparked a major period of self-reflection in International Political Economy (IPE). Many scholars think that the crisis has revealed major weaknesses in International Political Economy; others simply suggest that IPE should be doing more to shape the post-crisis world.
  • Whilst many fields (including comparative politics, economics, sociology) have examined the causes of the crisis and what has since changed, International Political Economy offers unique insights into issues of finance, and explains why finance might be the most important factor shaping the world we now live in.

In the second half of the term, you will begin by looking at neoliberalism in particular cases (the UK, the US, China, and Europe). You will then look at other big issues such as tax havens, human trafficking, debt, and resistance, which Contemporary IPE scholars are working on.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a sound theoretical understanding of the key conceptual issues relating to globalisation
  • Apply these to current developments within the international economy
  • And be able to show awareness of the wider political context of how international political economy shapes global governance

Assessment (from 2018-19)

  • In class case study feedback (formative)
  • 1 x 500 word essay plan + 2 minute recorded  explanatory commentary (25%)
  • 1 x 3,000 word case study (75%)