Current Courses

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GV353: Politics of Money, Finance and Trade in Comparative Perspective (specialist 3rd year undergraduate course)

The course focuses on the role of institutions, ideas and interests in the process and formulation of three key areas of economic policy; i.e.,(1) monetary policy, (2) financial stability & regulation, and (3) trade policy.

We examine the causal influences of institutions, ideas and interests in monetary policy, finance and trade, focusing predominantly on developed countries. We draw on theories from economics and political science and analyze these using both historical and contemporary examples, and do so from a comparative perspective, rather than an international relations perspective. The primary focus of the course is on actual policy outcomes, which gives rise to the second portion of the course—namely the research dissertation. For this dissertation, we provide intensive supervision in assisting students to (1) design a scientific research question related to money, finance or trade, (2) compile appropriate data to test hypotheses which derive from the question, and (3) propose methods for analyzing the data. Students may employ either quantitative or qualitative methods for their research dissertation. Previous knowledge of statistical methods is assumed; however, some students may opt to acquire more specialist knowledge of textual analysis software, and the fundamentals for this will be provided in this course.

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GV4C4: Legislative Politics: US (MSc)

This course provides an in-depth analysis of the theory and practice of legislative politics in the United States. In the first four weeks we examine theoretical approaches to the study of Congress.

e.g., interests-based and ideology-based theories of legislative politics, and theories of committee and party organisation. In weeks 5 through 8, we explore the political processes in the House of Representatives and Senate (e.g., partisanship, deliberation), and the motivations of voters in congressional elections. In the final two weeks, we study two cases in legislative politics - one historical (the Smoot-Hawley Tariff of 1930 and the Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act of 1934), and one contemporary (the 2003 Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act). Other topics covered throughout the course will include issues of divided government, polarized politics, and interactions between Congress and the other branches of government.

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Gv4C5: Politics of Economic Policy (MSc)

This course provides a contemporary, historical and comparative introduction into the politics of economic policy.

It applies explicitly the frameworks of interests-based, ideational and institutional approaches to the study of economic policies. It seeks to explore both the independent and interactive effects of interests, ideas and institutions on economic policies. These policies include macroeconomic policy areas such as EMU, financial regulation, and independent central banking, as well as trade policy (contemporary and classic case studies) and agricultural policy. Thus, the course examines some of the economic policies of the European Union, other advanced industrialized countries and developing countries.

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