Международная политическая экономия
Статус: Курс обязательный (Международные отношения)
Направление: 41.03.05. Международные отношения
Кто читает: Департамент международных отношений
Где читается: Факультет мировой экономики и мировой политики
Когда читается: 4-й курс, 1, 2 модуль
Формат изучения: Full time
Once upon a time the corporate world could content itself with the notion that 'the business of business is business', and that global problems were best left to politicians. Purely market-based parameters were held to be sufficient for corporate decision-making, and management education was monopolised by the notion of operational effectiveness, taught through the disciplines of finance, marketing and management. Such a 'hands-off' approach is no longer in tune with the current reality of corporations' increasing involvement in world affairs; at the same time the exposure of companies to emerging markets requires them to vector political parameters into their decision-making. After several years of having international security dominate the political discourse, international political economy has returned with a vengeance. This course will introduce students to the broad questions motivating the academic field of international relations and international political economy: Whose interests are served by the liberalization of trade and finance? What impact can multilateral organizations like the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organization have on the economic policies of member states and the functioning of the global economy? What determines the policies or rules promoted by these organizations? What are international risks and their impact on investment or distribution decisions, international marketing, reputation management, and ethical decision-making? Students will be required to understand and analyze the academic literature, and then apply academic insights to some of the most pressing policy debates. Should government offset the welfare costs of globalization and if so, how? Which priorities should be protected despite free trade liberalization? Is free trade fair trade?
- Formulate coherent, comprehensive and informed positions on problems of global politics
- Know where to document themselves reliably on global problems
- Be able to critically reflect upon the salience of idealism and realism in international affairs
- Make proof of their awareness of the convergence of politics and business and the associated challenges companies face in a competitive global environment
- To know the principal actors in International Relations. To be aware about the main approaches to International Relations.
- To be aware about the chief International Political Economy theories and major concepts of International Political Economy
- To have a broad understanding regarding international trade and its effects. To know about political regulation of international trade.
- To know the principles the world financial system operates. To be aware of the reconstruction of the international economic system
- To have an understanding of the isolationist and geopolitical explanations of Regional Economic Associations. To know the main types of regionalism
- To be aware about business activities in sensitive resource-rich areas. To have an understanding of the politics of natural resources.
- To be aware about the role of non-state actors in international affairs.
- To have an understanding of political management of international investment.
- To have an understanding of the process of internalization of production. To know the definition, causes and political economy of Foreign Direct Investment.
- Introduction.What is International Relations & Why do we study it? Actors, States and Nations. Approaches to International Relations: Realism , Constructivism, Liberalism. Conflict: Types of Conflict in IR , Causes of War , Security Alliances , Ethnic Conflict, Terrorism, Peace Building. Cooperation & World Order: United Nations, Regionalism , European Union , NATO, Regional organizations, International Law.
- International Political Economy.IPE theory and method, Major Concepts of IPE: Liberalism, Economic Nationalism, Critical Theories.
- International Trade. Political regulation of International Trade. Sanctions.International Trade and its Effects; The economics of trade; Comparative Advantage; The economics of trade protection; Tariffs and quotas; International political or economic factors; International politics and institutions; Issues with free trade; Protection vs. trade liberalization; International institutions, unilateralism, and regionalism.
- World Financial System. Origins of International Currencies and International Financial Systems. Imbalances accumulating in the Current International Financial System.Monetary systems, Base or standard , The operation of an international monetary system The gold standard , Floating rates , The political economy of exchange rate policy The collapse of the classical liberal order, The decline of the United Kingdom World War I as a turning point, Reconstruction of the international economic system The Rise of Bretton Woods and a new liberal order. Explaining the new order: four perspectives
- Regionalism and Issues of development.Isolationist and geopolitical explanations of Regional Economic Associations. Types of regionalism. Regional institutions. Economic policies of ddvelopment.
- Risk management & political analysis. The geo-economy of natural resources.Business activities in sensitive resource-rich areas, Political and country Risks. Risk management. Politics of natural resources. Pipelines, transportation routes.
- Non-state actors: media empires & influence games - reputation management, public relations, economic intelligence.Viewing: Colin Powell with vial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV5Ggfn9PYM Colin Powell – we should not have Powell Says US Should Not Have Invaded Iraq CNN on Russia-Georgia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os1yqjbYWvI FOX news – famous http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oV_UWA7iYy8
- Political Management of International Investment: Keeping the Gates of Domestic Financial Market.Political Management of the Export of Capital Political Influence on International Financial and Trade Institutions Political Aspects of Currency Regimes Foreign Aid.
- Multinational Corporations and the Internationalization of Production. Political and Market Strategy of the Company.Multinational Corporations and the Internationalization of Production. Defining foreign direct investment. The causes of FDI. The OLI approach: ownership, location, internalization. The political economy of FDI Domestic societal factors. Domestic institutional factors. International economic factors. International political factors. Stages in the political economy of MNC-LDC relations.
- Russia’s interests in the world political-economic system (structured discussion).Russia’s trade interests. Russia’s interests in reforming the world financial order. Russia’s regional interests in forming the local markets.
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