Economic Nationalism - Not offered in AY 2022-23

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Economic nationalism is again back in scholarly and policy debates about the future of the multilateral international economic order. The course will introduce students to core debates about economic nationalism in the discipline of IPE and will relate these debates to current controversies about trade and development, international currency relations, as well as the debates about the link between economic nationalism and state security. At the same time, the course will question the academic credentials of the traditional understanding of economic nationalism as a set of protectionist state policies. Students will familiarize themselves with an alternative way of studying nationalism in political economy, which is grounded in nationalism studies and widens the analytical lens beyond the narrow scope of traditional approaches. To this end, the second part of the course introduces a distinction between different understandings of nationalism as political movement, ideology, political discourse and everyday sentiment, and discusses the ways in which these different approaches can be related to the realm of political economy.

Learning Outcomes: 

Through engagement with these debates, students will gain a better understanding of the meanings and controversies associated with the study of economic nationalism. By the end of the course students will be able to:

1)    identify and critically assess different theoretical approaches to the study of economic nationalism in IPE

2)    identify and critically assess the most important theoretical approaches to the study of (economic) nationalism in nationalism studies

3)    develop a critical understanding of how economic nationalism is expressed in different realms of economic life

  1. Attendance and active participation (10 %)
  2. Presentation (20 %)
  3. Two short essays on course readings (one each from part I and II, each 20 %)
  4. Final paper (30 %)


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