Course date

16 July - 27 July, 2001
Application deadline
15 February, 2001
Course Director(s): 

Laura Hastings

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, United States of America
Course Faculty: 

Andrea Goldstein

OECD Development Centre, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

Juliet Ellen Johnson

Loyola University of Chicago, United States of America

Sylvia Maxfield

Harvard University, Cambridge, United States of America

Pamela Starr

Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico

Maria Tsenzharik

Saint Petersburg State University, Russian Federation
Guest Speaker(s): 

Laszlo Bruszt

Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Lorand Ambrus-Lakatos

Political Science, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
This course seeks to engage faculty in the field of international political economy (IPE) to develop courses on the politics of finance, an important pillar of IPE. The course explores the domestic sources of finance in emerging market countries, using the disciplines of both economics and political science to analyze at the practices and institutions of lending and borrowing in different regions. Throughout, it explores who or what may be responsible for financial crises, using the paradigms of liberalism, Marxism, realism and institutionalism to compare and contrast these explanations. The course uses a lecture format, augmented by participant working groups and presentations.
Course level
This course is not an economics course, although it assumes some prior knowledge of basic macroeconomic principles. It will be geared towards faculty and advanced graduate students in the political science fields of international political economy and public policy. The course seeks to bring together participants from a range of teaching and research experience in the IPE field; prior work in finance is not a requirement.
Teaching Methods
For each module in the course, at least two resource persons will introduce the topic with a lecture of 1-2 hours. Following this lecture, the participants will break out into smaller working groups. For three or four topics, these groups will prepare oral presentations on the topic, either on a regional case study, or on a functional issue. Groups will then present their findings to the whole class in a 15-minute oral presentation, followed by discussion.
For the other topics, participants will prepare written arguments on topics chosen by the faculty resource persons. The membership of the working groups will change daily.
Over the period of the course, participants are invited to submit written reaction essays on any two sets of readings. As fellow colleagues, we expect that the participants will complete both the verbal and written assignments, as well as engage in group discussions.