International Trade Policy
Course Code: PUBLG110
Course Tutor: Dr Michael Plouffe (Department of Political Science)
Assessment: One 3,000 word essay
Credit Value: 15
About this course
The causes and consequences of trade liberalization are both subjects of lengthy debates. Under what conditions is free trade possible? And, under what conditions is it desirable? This course explores the various answers that scholars have provided to these questions. We assess the sources of political demands for trade-policy outcomes as well as the consequences of these policy choices.
The course is divided into two parts. The first portion
focuses on the factors that shape trade-preference formation and policy outcomes.
We investigate whether formal institutions (and the rules they establish to
govern markets) successfully promote trade, and alternative methods of
foreign-market access. The second section shifts to the implications that open
trade holds for a variety of policy domains. Is liberalization
welfare-enhancing? Or are critics of globalization right to be sceptical?
By the end of this course students will be able to:
•Assess the validity of theories and concepts in light of this evidence.
•Offer new insights in the politics of free trade and globalization.
Students are strongly advised against taking both PUBLG110 and PUBLG050 as there are substantive overlaps. Consult the reading lists for further information.