Trade Diplomacy (Online Module)

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Module overview

Economic and trade issues are increasingly coming to the fore in diplomatic undertakings of states. This module introduces students to the key theories and issues concerning the dealings of nations with each other as well as the institutions of global governance that impact trade relations. This module introduces students to economic theories of trade as well as international political economy in order to provide a well-rounded introduction to the subject. It traces the changes taking place in the global trade architecture especially the move from trade negotiations fronted by the WTO to trade in a multilateral environment and the regulatory architecture for dispute settlement. This module will focus on relevant issues such as the rise of China and its influence on global trade, the rise of non-state actors as pressure groups, the inclusion of non-trade related topics in trade negotiations and finally the 'Brexit' trade negotiations.

All modules are subject to availability and are subject to change from session to session.

Suggested reading

Hasenclever, A., Mayer, P., and Rittberger, V. (2009), Theories of International Regimes, Cambridge University Press, Chpt 1 and 4;

Gruber, L. (2000), Ruling the World : Power Politics and the Rise of Supranational Institutions, Princeton University Press, Chpt. 2, 3 and 4.


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