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Each student will complete a FIVE to SEVEN-page analysis of some contemporary issue in International Political Economy – IPE

International Political Economy (IPE)

Paper Assignment

Each student will complete a FIVE to SEVEN-page analysis of some contemporary issue in International Political Economy – IPE (e.g. NAFTA, trade and the WTO, trade and the environment, the EMU, the role of the IMF and the World Bank in less developed countries, the nascent anti-globalization backlash, etc.). Students will need to do original research on their particular topic, but all papers will be required to also:

(1) apply insight from IPE theory and

(2) place their topic in historical perspective.

  1. Analyze a contemporary issue in international political economy.
  2. Contemporary: last 30 years or so
  3. Issue must be analytical not normative
  4. Analytical: why a policy was adopted; consequences of a policy, such as a trade agreement; evaluation of international financial institutions, codes of conduct, or fair trade; causes of land grabs; politics of tax havens….
  5. Normative: what should be done? This is not the purpose of this assignment.
  6. Paper must use International Political Economy (IPE) theory to analyze/explain the issue.
  7. Some suggestions for picking a topic.
  • Structure of Paper.
  • Intro – clearly defined thesis statement (no more than 1 page)
  • History – most important junctures to situate the issue and give relevant background (1-2 pages)
  • Theory and Analysis: which theories best apply and why? (2-3 pages)
  • Competing hypotheses: how would the relevant theories explain the issue and which explanation is more persuasive and why.
  • Conclusion– restate main argument. Implication for theory and future research/policy (1 page)
  • Other Information:
  • 5-7 pages (quality not quantity), double-spaced, with page numbers on the pages
  • MLA citation style
  • Sources: newspapers (at least one newspaper), periodicals (at least one), newsweeklies (at least one), academic journals (as many as you need to). Use the library’s academic databases – Use many as you think necessary but I think at least 10 sources would be fine from these 10 sources two of them should be from the two text books Cohn’s text and Broad’s text.
  • 30% of course grade.

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