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International Political Economy



This seminar provides an overview of different theories of international political economy (IPE), economic concepts and major political-economic developments in the contemporary world. A central focus is on the political economy of China´s economic development and the role of the dollar as the key international reserve currency. In addition to this, the course addresses a selection of major developments in current international political and economic affairs, such as the impact of governance on credit markets, globalization and connectivity, innovation and growth, oil and commodity markets. The seminar encourages active student participation. Students are welcome to participate in class discussions, notably on the insights gained from the assigned readings.


Students will acquire the tools that will help them integrate the complex world of global financial markets into a manageable analytical framework.

Study material

Literature (approx. 1000 pp):

  • Goddard, C. Roe, Patrick Cronin & Kishore C. Dash, eds. (2003):_ International Political Economy: State-Market Relations in the Changing Global Order_. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Hosli, Madeleine O. (2005): The Euro: A Concise Introduction to European Monetary Integration. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner.

  • To be supplemented by selected journal articles and book chapters, which will be available through Blackboard/U-Lip, and through a weblog devoted to the course.


Grades for this course are calculated on the basis of four short (500 word) assignments, counting 12.5 percent each, one exercise (10 percent), two larger (1500 word) assignments (15 percent each) and class participation based on the assigned readings (10 percent).


Thursday 31 March till 21 April, 13.00-16.00 hrs. in room 1A11 and
Thursday 12 May, 13.00-16.00 hrs. in room 1A11 and
Monday 16 May, 11.00-14.00 hrs. in room 0A28