This Fall I am teaching 2 sections of Comparative Politics for undergraduates. We ask why some countries are rich while others are poor, why some countries are democratic and others are not, and how political institutions within countries affect global markets and global politics, and vice versa. We’re going to have so much fun!
International Relations (POLS 1160)
Examines major issues in the international system. Covers topics of international trade and monetary affairs; war, weapons of mass destruction, and disarmament; and international law and organizations, human rights, international and regional integration, and the impact of technology on the functioning of the international system.
Comparative Politics (POLS 1155)
Presents a comparative study of political organization and behavior in a range of countries beyond the United States. Topics includes political culture, political economy, governing institutions, leadership, and political participation.
International Political Economy (POLS 3405)
Addresses international political economy and how we can understand the phenomenon of globalization. Introduces the interaction between international politics and international economics in industrial countries and in developing countries. Covers several theoretical approaches to international political economy. Then analyzes some of the classic issue areas of international trade relations; foreign direct investment and outsourcing; the international monetary and financial system and the role of international institutions; debt and financial crises; and poverty and inequality. Concludes with analysis of how international political economy issues relate to governance, development, and the politics of economic reform.
International Political Economy (graduate) (POLS 7357)
Addresses international political economy and how we can understand the phenomenon of globalization. Offers a graduate-level introduction to the interaction between international politics and international economics in both industrial countries and developing countries. Introduces several theoretical approaches to international political economy and analyzes some of the classic issue areas of international trade relations, such as the international monetary and financial system; foreign direct investment and multinational corporations, debt, and development; the role of international political, economic, and financial institutions; and globalization.
Comparative Political Economy (graduate) (POLS 7356)
Compares national economic policies in such areas as banking regulation, taxes, welfare, environmental protection, and privatization in up to five countries each semester. Examines the impacts of the type of political system (presidential democracy, parliamentary democracy, modernizing military regime, and so on) and the organization of the central government bureaucracy on public policy choices. Countries studied include both advanced industrial nations (the United States, Britain, Japan, France, or Germany) and developing countries (Mexico, Brazil, South Korea, or India).