• Class Number 8141
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Carlos Morreo
    • Carlos Morreo
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
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This is a graduate level seminar course. While the title is ‘Globalisation’, we will simply call it ‘International Political Economy’ class. International political economy has been defined as "the reciprocal and dynamic interaction in international relations of the pursuit of wealth and the pursuit of power" (Gilpin, 1975: 43).  In our own pursuit of knowledge about the global political economy, we will begin with an examination of the alternative theoretical perspectives through which its structures, processes, and dynamics have been interpreted.  Our attention will then turn to the structure and processes of the global political economy as we examine international trade, regional integration, monetary and exchange rate relations, international finance, the globalisation of production and development.  

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Explain the principal debates in the literature on globalisation and the distinctive features of the contemporary era of globalisation;
  2. Analyse the economic forces driving globalisation;
  3. Discuss the relationship between globalisation and development;
  4. Illustrate how globalisation has affected companies and the geography of manufacturing; and
  5. Discuss the constraints globalisation imposes on the autonomy of sovereign states.


The following is a comprehensive list of mainly Anglophone journals, though from across the world, publishing in, contributing to, and shaping research in IPE/GPE. Electronic issues of all journals are available via the ANU Library.

Review of International Political Economy

Global Environmental politics

Third World Quarterly


Global Governance

Economy and Society

Review of African Political Economy

New Political Economy

The Journal of Peasant Studies

European Journal of International Relations

Environmental politics

Journal of Cultural Economy

Contemporary Politics

International Political Sociology

European Journal of Political Economy

Journal of Australian Political Economy

Review of Political Economy

Cambridge Journal of Economics

Canadian Journal of Development Studies / Revue canadienne d'études du développement

International Affairs


Journal of International Political Economy

Contexto Internacional

New Left Review

Theory, Culture, Society

Journal of Post-Keynesian Economics

Capitalism Nature Socialism


World Politics

International Studies Quarterly

International Organisation

Journal of International Relations and Development

Feminist Economics

Cambridge Review of International Affairs

Australian Journal of Political Science


Australia is an important hub in the global network of IPE/GPE research and knowledge production. Much of the discussion in Australian occurs in relation to the yearly AIPEN conferences. AIPEN is the Australian International Political Economy Network. Recent meetings have been held in Monash University (Melbourne) and the University of Queensland (Brisbane). For more information on AIPEN — or to become a member! — have a look at http://lists.murdoch.edu.au/mailman/listinfo/aipen


The best-known IPE/GPE academic association is the International Political Economy Working Group (IPEG) within the British International Studies Association (BISA). For more information, through here: https://www.bisa.ac.uk/index.php/component/content/article?id=106:international-political-economy-ipeg

Progress in Political Economy (PPE)

‘This blog is a venue for thought about political economy in and beyond the academy. It is linked to faculty members, students, alumni, journalists, and others associated with the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. At Sydney, ‘political economy’ means studying the economic within its social and political context, and therefore treating economics as a social science. ‘Political economy’ is a term with some pedigree, shared by Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Karl Marx and Max Weber, before the fragmentation of the social sciences into economics, sociology and politics’, as stated in the PPE website. http://ppesydney.net

International Political Economy Society (IPES)

Within the USA, IPES is the best-known organisation promoting US-style IPE. IPES organises regular conferences and awards prizes. For more information, though here: https://internationalpoliticaleconomysociety.org/about-ipes

Critical Political Economy Research Network (CPERN)

CPERN was established in 2005 and is affiliated to the European Sociological Association (ESA). CPERN seeks to reassert the centrality of critical political economy perspectives, and to promote and facilitate research aimed at understanding (and subverting) recent transformations of capitalism and capitalist societies. https://criticalpoliticaleconomy.net 

economic sociology_the european website

economic sociology_the european website aims to contribute substantially to one of the most vibrant fields of today’s sociology: economic sociology. An excellent electronic newsletter is also published regularly. The website is maintained by researchers and staff of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. http://econsoc.mpifg.de

Podcasts and videos

Economic History Society

The yearly Tawney Lectures on economic thought and history are always of interest. For instance, last year’s lecture by Professor Bishnupriya Gupta on India’s transition from a colonial economy is fascinating. Available through the society’s website: http://www.ehs.org.uk/multimedia/podcasts-of-tawney-lectures.html

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

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Other Information

The information provided is a preliminary Class Outline. A finalised version will be available on Wattle and will be accessible after enrolling in this course. All updates, changes and further information will be uploaded on the course Wattle site and will not be updated on Programs and Courses throughout the semester. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Course Convenor.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Histories of international political economy Benjamin Cohen's influential account of the interdisciplinary field of IPE as divided into an ‘American’ and a ‘British’ school has been questioned as unduly narrow. It excludes not only the rest of the world—European and Latin American contributions to IPE—but also other critical approaches to IPE, thus marginalising lines of theorising that have shaped and can continue to shape inquiry (within and beyond the Anglophone world). In our first session we look at arguments that challenge Cohen’s account of IPE in order to champion a broader view of IPE as a field of inquiry. Throughout the following weeks the course will chart a path beyond the two schools account of IPE, embracing diversity, plurality, creativity and rigour. Key texts Cohen, Benjamin J. (2007), ‘The transatlantic divide: Why are American and British IPE so different?’, Review of International Political Economy, 14(2), 197- 219. Leander, Anna. (2009), ‘Why we need multiple stories about the global political economy’, Review of International Political Economy, 16(2), 321-328.
2 IPE otherwise, between North and South Key texts Helleiner, Eric (2015), ‘Globalising the classical foundations of IPE thought’, Contexto Internacional 37(3), 975-1010. Girvan, Norman (2006), ‘Caribbean Dependency Thought Revisited’, Canadian Journal of Development Studies / Revue canadienne d'études du développement 27(3), 328-352. Vale, Peter, & Thakur, Vineet (2015), ‘’Out in the dark': knowledge, power and IPE in southern Africa’, Contexto Internacional 37(3), 1011-1040.
3 What is ‘economy’? What is ‘politics’? Key texts Lawson, Tony (2017/2018), ‘What is wrong with modern economics, and why does it stay wrong?’, Journal of Australian Political Economy, 80 (Summer), 26-42. Mitchell, Timothy (2005), 'Economists and the Economy in the Twentieth Century', in George Steinmetz (ed.), The Politics of Method in the Human Sciences: Positivism and its Epistemological Others (Duke University Press), 126-41. Gibson-Graham, J. K. (2014), ‘Rethinking the Economy with Thick Description and Weak Theory’, Current Anthropology 55(S9), 147-153. de Goede, Marieke. (2003), ‘Beyond economism in international political economy’, Review of International Studies 29(01), 79-97.
4 A global political economy with oil Key texts Mitchell, Timothy (2009). ‘Carbon democracy’, Economy and Society, 38(3), 399-432. Mitchell, Timothy (2010), ‘The Resources of Economics: Making the 1973 Oil Crisis’, Journal of Cultural Economy 3(2), 189-204. Weszkalnys, Gisa (2011). ‘Cursed resources, or articulations of economic theory in the Gulf of Guinea’, Economy and Society 40(3), 345-372. Watts, Michael (2017). ‘Petro-violence’ in Fueling Culture, 255-258. Fordham University Press.
5 Mining, indigeneity and the state Key texts Hinkson, John (2013). “The mining equation”. Arena Magazine, 124, 10-14. Gomez, Edmund Terence (2012). “State, Capital, Multinational Institutions, and Indigenous Peoples”, in Gomez, Edmund Terence, & Sawyer, Suzana (editors), The Politics of Resource Extraction: Indigenous Peoples, Multinational Corporations and the State. New York: Palgrave, 33-45. Altman, Jon (2012). “Indigenous Rights, Mining Corporations, and the Australian State” (2012) in Gomez, Edmund Terence, & Sawyer, Suzana (editors), The Politics of Resource Extraction: Indigenous Peoples, Multinational Corporations and the State. New York: Palgrave, 46-74. O'Faircheallaigh, Ciaran (2006), ‘Aborigines, mining companies and the state in contemporary Australia: A new political economy or ‘business as usual’?’, Australian Journal of Political Science, 41(1), 1-22. Review essay (1)
6 Environment, extractivism(s) and the Anthropocene Key texts Pattberg, Philipp, & Widerberg, Oscar (2015), ‘Theorising Global Environmental Governance: Key Findings and Future Questions’, Millennium - Journal of International Studies, 43(2), 684-705. Szeman, Imre (2017). ‘On the politics of extraction’, Cultural Studies, 31(2- 3), 440-447. Riofrancos, Thea. (2017). ‘Extractivismo unearthed: a genealogy of a radical discourse’, Cultural Studies, 1-30. Chakrabarty, Dipesh (2017), 'Anthropocene 1', in Fueling Culture, Fordham University, 39-42.
7 Trading, treaties, and transformation Key texts Wilkinson, Rorden (2018), 'Past as global trade governance prelude: reconfiguring debate about reform of the multilateral trading system', Third World Quarterly, 39 (3), 418-35. Hannah, Erin, Ryan, Holly, and Scott, James (2017), 'Power, knowledge and resistance: between co-optation and revolution in global trade', Review of International Political Economy, 24 (5), 741-75. Oatley, Thomas (2017), 'Open economy politics and trade policy', Review of International Political Economy, 24 (4), 699-717. Girvan, Norman (2010), ‘Technification, Sweetification, Treatyfication’, Interventions, 12 (1), 100-11.
8 Production networks and global value chains Key texts Gereffi, Gary (2014), 'Global value chains in a post-Washington Consensus world', Review of International Political Economy, 21 (1), 9-37. Gradin, Sofa (2016), 'Rethinking the notion of ‘value’ in global value chains analysis: A decolonial political economy perspective', Competition & Change, 20 (5), 353-67. Glin, Laurent C., et al. (2012), 'Governing the transnational organic cotton network from Benin', Global Networks, 12 (3), 333-54. Busch, Lawrence and Juska, Arunas (1997), 'Beyond political economy: actor networks and the globalization of agriculture', Review of International Political Economy, 4 (4), 688-708.
9 Finance, financialisation (and food) Key texts Davis, Gerald F. and Kim, Suntae (2015), 'Financialization of the Economy', Annual Review of Sociology, 41 (1), 203-21. MacKenzie, Donald (2005), 'Opening the black boxes of global finance', Review of International Political Economy, 12 (4), 555-76. Clapp, Jennifer (2014), 'Financialization, distance and global food politics', The Journal of Peasant Studies, 41 (5), 797-814. Review essay (2)
10 Globalisation and technoscience Key texts Moore, Kelly, et al, (2011), 'Science and neoliberal globalization: a political sociological approach', Theory and Society, 40 (5), 505-32. Wullweber, Joscha (2014), 'International Competition and Nanotechnology Policies: Discourse, Hegemony, and International Political Economy', in Maximilian Mayer, Mariana Carpes, and Ruth Knoblich (eds.), The Global Politics of Science and Technology: Concepts from International Relations and Other Disciplines (vol. 1; Heidelberg: Springer), 75-91. Williams, Logan D.A. (2017), 'Getting Undone Technology Done: Global Techno-assemblage and the Value Chain of Invention', Science, Technology and Society, 22 (1), 38-58.
11 Governance and the gendered political economy Key texts Griffin, Penny (2010), 'Gender, governance and the global political economy', Australian Journal of International Affairs, 64 (1), 86-104. Harding, Sandra (1995), 'Can feminist thought make economics more objective?', Feminist Economics, 1 (1), 7-32. Marshall, Don D. (2009), 'Gender tropes and colonial discourses in the turbulence of global finance', Contemporary Politics, 15 (4), 413-27.
12 The climate of capital(ism) Key texts Lohmann, Larry (2011), 'Capital and Climate Change', Development and Change, 42 (2), 649-68. Chakrabarty, Dipesh (2014), 'Climate and Capital: On Conjoined Histories', Critical Inquiry, 41 (1), 1-23. Bos, Kyra and Gupta, Joyeeta (2018), 'Climate change: the risks of stranded fossil fuel assets and resources to the developing world', Third World Quarterly, 39 (3), 436-53. Bumpus, Adam G. (2011), 'The Matter of Carbon: Understanding the Materiality of tCO2e in Carbon Offsets', Antipode, 43 (3), 612-38. Research essay

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Research essay (3,500 words) 50 % 25/10/2019 04/11/2019 1, 2, 3, 4
Review essay (1,250 words) 20 % 19/08/2019 02/09/2019 1, 2 3
Seminar participation 10 % 01/01/9999 01/01/9999 2, 3, 5

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Assessment Task 1

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 25/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Research essay (3,500 words)

Worth 50%

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 19/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 02/09/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2 3

Review essay (1,250 words)

Worth 20%

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 01/01/9999
Return of Assessment: 01/01/9999
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 5

Seminar participation

Worth 10%

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Carlos Morreo

Research Interests

International Political Economy, Development Studies, Politics, Social Theory, Science & Technology Studies, Latin American Studies, Postcolonial Studies

Carlos Morreo

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Carlos Morreo

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Carlos Morreo

Tuesday 11:00 12:00
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