The study of ‘ideas’ and ‘culture’ has proliferated in recent years in the field of international political economy, and, alongside, fundamental questions have been raised: What are the epistemological properties of ideas? How can we explain their emergence and disappearance? What is the relationship between ideas and economic interests? How salient are ideas to explain economic policy outcomes?
The course aims to introduce students to these questions by combining a general survey of literatures concerned with the conceptual foundation of ideational analysis in IPE and beyond, and a more focused analysis of one specific example, i.e. (economic) nationalism.