Governing the Global Economy

Who governs the world economy? Why do countries succeed or fail to cooperate in setting their economic policies? When and how do international institutions help countries cooperate? How does the world economy affect voting and elections? What is causing the backlash against globalization? This course examines how domestic and international politics determine how the global economy is governed. We will study the politics of monetary, trade, international investment, environmental, and immigration policies to answer these questions. The course will approach each topic with an initial lecture or two examining alternative theoretical approaches and evaluating these theories using historical and contemporary evidence followed by a class meeting applying these ideas through the analysis of a case study.

Introduction to International Relations

Survey of key debates and concepts in international relations. Exploration of historical and contemporary issues using Western and non-Western cases and evidence. Topics include the rise of states; causes, conduct, and outcomes of wars; the emergence of new actors and forms of conflict; and evolution of the global economy.

Case Studies

2020. “Ratification Politics and Preferential Trade Agreements: Malaysia and the CPTPP” (with Nikhar Gaikwad and Elisabeth van Lieshout). Case Number P99. Stanford Graduate School of Business.

2020. “Global Climate Cooperation and Conflict: Brazil and the Paris Agreement” (with Richard Clark and Nikhar Gaikwad). Case Number P98. Stanford Graduate School of Business.

2016. “One Belt One Road: Chinese Strategic Investment in the 21st Century” (with Ruxi Zhang). Case Number P87. Stanford Graduate School of Business.

2016. “India: Liberalize in the Face of Crisis?” (with Nikhar Gaikwad). Case Number P86. Stanford Graduate School of Business.

2016. “Willkommen to Europe: The Political Economy of Migration Policy in Germany” (with Nikhar Gaikwad). Case Number P85. Stanford Graduate School of Business.

2015. “To Grexit or Not? Politics and Greece’s Sovereign Debt Crisis” (with Nikhar Gaikwad and Jason Weinreb). Case Number P88. Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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