PS 601 Politics of Global Financial Relations

The purpose of this seminar is to explore the politics of international finance.  We will focus, in particular, on the ways in which the globalization of finance over the last four decades has influenced – and been influenced by – both international relations and domestic politics.  Topics include: the effects of international financial integration on national policymaking; international institutions and global financial governance; financial crises; exchange rates; the historical evolution of the international economy; and China’s integration into the global economy.  Along the way, we will discuss a number of important theoretical issues in the study of international relations, including the role of international institutions, the interplay between politics and economics, and the role of the nation-state.