International Political Economy

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Overview
Faculty
Curriculum
Minor
Cross-Listed IPE Classes
Seminar in Politics & Political Economy
Fall 2018
Spring 2019
Events Calendar
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INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY (IPE)

International Political Economy (IPE) fills the conceptual and analytic void between international economics and international security. It includes the study of comparative political economy—the cross-polity examination of national economies regarding, for example, the institutional nature of banking systems. IPE includes the study of large policy issues such as political inequality within and between countries and across time. It includes the examination of financial booms and busts and of financial crises. It looks at whether gross domestic product (GDP) or per capita wealth is the more useful index of national power.

Focusing on such matters as whether foreign aid or foreign investment is the better source of economic growth, IPE also encompasses the study of governance within international trade and financial and political regimes. IPE is the natural framework for the study of political risk and its application to investment decisions and to finance. These are all areas that the school has traditionally incorporated into its curriculum and that align the program with its mission.

9/15/2015 IPE Lecture Series: Charles Doran -"Why International Political Economy is at the Heart of World Order in the 21st Century”
9/15/2015 IPE Lecture Series: Charles Doran -"Why International Political Economy is at the Heart of World Order in the 21st Century”
9/15/2015 IPE Lecture Series: Charles Doran -"Why International Political Economy is at the Heart of World Order in the 21st Century”
9/22/2015 IPE Lecture Series: David Steinberg - "Interest Group Pressures and Currency Crises”
9/22/2015 IPE Lecture Series: David Steinberg - "Interest Group Pressures and Currency Crises”
9/22/2015 IPE Lecture Series: David Steinberg - "Interest Group Pressures and Currency Crises”
11/3/2015 IPE Lecture series: Andrew Cheon - “On Whose Terms? Understanding the Global Expansion of National Oil Companies”
11/3/2015 IPE Lecture series: Andrew Cheon - “On Whose Terms? Understanding the Global Expansion of National Oil Companies”
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Faculty

  • Charles
    F.
    Doran
    Andrew W. Mellon Professor of International Relations, Director of Global Theory and History, Director of Canadian Studies, Director of International Political Economy
    Washington, D.C.
  • Erik
    Jones
    Director of European and Eurasian Studies, Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy
    Bologna, Italy
  • Andrew
    Cheon
    Assistant Professor of International Political Economy
    Washington, D.C.
  • Daniel
    Honig
    Assistant Professor of International Development
    Washington, D.C.
  • Matthias
    Matthijs
    Assistant Professor of International Political Economy
    Washington, D.C.
  • David
    A.
    Steinberg
    Associate Professor of International Political Economy
    Washington, D.C.
  • Pavithra
    Suryanarayan
    Assistant Professor of International Political Economy
    Washington, D.C.
  • Edmund
    Amann
    Adjunct Professor, Latin American Studies Program
    Bologna, Italy
  • Ling
    Chen
    Assistant Professor of Political Economy
    Washington, D.C.
  • David
    P.
    Calleo
    Professor Emeritus, European and Eurasian Studies
    Washington, D.C.

Curriculum

 

International Political Economy | MA Requirements (Entering Class 2018-2019)

Learning Goals and Objectives

MA students must complete 64 credits and all degree requirements in order to graduate.

Students who are approved for a Dual Degree program or with Advanced Standing only need to complete 48 credits or 56 credits as determined by Academic Affairs, but still must fulfill all degree requirements.

 

International Political Economy Concentration

MA students concentrating in International Political Economy (IPE) must complete 24 credits of applicable coursework and a program capstone. 16 credits must be International Political Economy courses and must include two of: 

  • SA.610.700 International Political Economy of Emerging Markets
  • SA.610.701 Political Economy of Inequality
  • SA.610.702 Political Economy in the Shadow of Conflict
  • SA.610.717 Politics of International Economy
  • SA.610.732 International Political Economy
  • SA.610.735 Risk in the International Political Economy
  • SA.610.736 Advanced Topics in International Political Economy
  • SA.610.752 Major Ideas in Political Economy
  • SA.610.770 Comparative Political Economy

The remaining 8 credits must be divided between two different programs below:

  • Conflict Management
  • Energy, Resources and Environment
  • Global Theory and History
  • International Law and Organizations
  • Strategic Studies

International Political Economy concentrators studying at SAIS Europe must complete at least 3 concentration courses at SAIS Washington. International Political Economy concentrators in a Degree Degree program or with Advanced Standing must complete ony 2 concentration courses at SAIS Washington.

Capstone
International Political Economy concentrators must complete one of the following capstones:

  • A twenty-page research paper, approved by the director, whose focus and subject matter is on international political economy.
  • A twenty-page written report that draws conclusions about international political economy based on an internship undertaken while at the school.
  • Completing Political Economy in the Shadow of Conflict (SA.610.702).
  • MA Oral Exam (to compete for honors- if eligible).
 

International Economics Concentration

MA students must complete a concentration in International Economics (16 credits). The four required courses are:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics (pre-requisite or concurrent: Microeconomics)
  • International Trade Theory (pre-requisite: Microeconomics)
  • International Monetary Theory (pre-requisite: Macroeconomics)

If a student is waived from a required course(s), the student must take a replacement International Economics course(s) to fulfill the concentration requirement.

Students who pass the non-credit Microeconomics course in Pre-Term will have this concentration reduced to 12 credits, but still must complete the remaining required International Economics courses (or a replacement course(s) if waiver exam(s) passed).

International Economics GPA Requirement
Students must achieve an International Economics concentration GPA of at least 2.67.

In the standard case, the concentration GPA is the average of the grades in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Trade Theory, and International Monetary Theory.  If a student completed the non-credit Microeconomics course in Pre-Term, the concentration GPA is calculated based on the grades in the remaining required International Economics courses. If one or more of the required courses is waived, the highest grade(s) from any eligible replacement International Economics course(s) is used.

Students who do not meet the minimum International Economics concentration GPA must re-take required courses (or take additional replacement courses if any required course(s) are waived) until the minimum is achieved. The highest grade from any attempt at a required course is used in this calculation.

 

Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

MA students must fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning Requirement (4 credits). Eligible courses include:

  • Statistical Methods for Business & Economics 
  • Econometrics (pre-requisite: Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
  • Applied Econometrics (pre-requisite: Econometrics)
  • Macro Econometrics (pre-requisite: Econometrics)
  • Risk Analysis and Modeling
  • Quantitative Global Economics (pre-requisite: International Monetary Theory)
  • Credit Markets & Credit Risk (pre-requisite: Corporate Finance)

Students may not double-count the same course toward the Quantitative Reasoning requirement and as a replacement International Economics concentration course and vice-versa.

If a student is waived from a Quantiative Reasoning course, the student must take an different course from the list above to fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

Students who pass the non-credit Statistical Methods for Business & Economicscourse  in Pre-Term will have fulfilled the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

 

Core Requirements

MA students must fulfill two Core requirements. Students may fulfill a Core requirement by passing a for-credit Core course or by passing a non-credit Core exam.

For students concentrating in International Political Economy, one of the Core requirements must be:

  • Theories of International Relations

This must be completed prior to the start of the third semester.

The second Core requirement may be one of:

  • American Foreign Policy Since WWII
  • Comparative Politics
  • Evolution of the International System

Students may not take a Core exam in the semester in which they plan to graduate. If Core requirements are not completed before the start of a student’s final semester, the student no longer has the option of completing the exam and must enroll in the Core course(s) for credit.

 

Language Proficiency

MA students must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in a non-native language taught at SAIS. Students enroll in non-credit language courses to prepare for the proficiency exam.

Students whose native language is not English may use English as their proficiency language. All non-native English speakers are required to pass an English placement exam upon entering the school, even if not using English for proficiency, and may be required to take additional English language coursework.

 

Electives, Minors, and Specializations

Beyond the requirements, MA students may have room in their degree for electives, a minor, and/or a specialization(s).

Students may pursue an optional minor in any policy/regional area other than General International Relations.

Students may pursue an optional specialization(s) in five areas International Economics or Emerging Markets.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS BY ACADEMIC YEAR

Entering Class 2017-2018
Entering Class 2016-2017
Entering Class 2015-2016

Minor

International Political Economy Minor Requirements:

  • 3 IPE courses (12 credits) including:
    • 1 course from the list of required courses for the IPE concentration
    • 2 additional IPE (or cross-listed) courses (8 credits)
  • Passing Theories of International Relations as one of the two core requirements is highly recommended

General Minor Requirements:

  • MA students may pursue an optional minor in a policy or regional program. A student cannot pursue a minor in General IR or International Economics, but can pursue a Specialization in International Economics
  • A student can have only one minor and can declare a minor at any time prior to graduation.
  • Students do not receive bidding priority for a minor.
  • All minors require three courses. Some minors require a specific course(s) and/or language proficiency.
  • A student may use a maximum of one applicable cross-listed course (4 credits) toward both a minor AND concentration requirements. In the IR or Asia concentrations, the cross-listed course must be from the primary concentration area and not from the 2 additional required courses in the other IR or Asia areas.
  • General IR concentrators can minor in an IR area or policy area (Conflict Management, Global Theory and History, International Law and Organizations, International Political Economy, Energy, Resources, and Environment, or Strategic Studies) by completing 2 additional area/policy courses (8 credits) beyond the 1 used toward the concentration.

To add or change a minor, please click HERE.

Cross-Listed IPE Classes

  • SA.400.748  International Migration, Diasporas and Development
  • SA.680.796  Comparative Energy and Environmental Governance
  • SA.600.702  Contemporary Theories in International Relations
  • SA.600.788  World Order in the 21st Century
  • SA.680.759  Facing the Oil Problem: The United States, Canada, OPEC and the World
  • SA.710.720  The Political Economies of Emerging Europe (Bologna)
  • SA.710.722  European Union: Integration and Disintegratioin (Bologna)
  • SA.750.740  China's Political Economy in Transition
  • SA.755.722  Political Economy and Development Strategies in East Asia
  • SA.770.611  Demystifying Indonesia: The Political Economy of an Important Southeast Asian State
  • SA.780.648  Political Economy of African Development
  • SA.790.724  Political Economy of India
  • SA.790.820  Comparative Political & Economic Development in South Asia
  • SA.810.727  Financial Crises and Policy Dilemmas in Emerging Markets and Latin America
  • SA.810.761  Energy in the Americas: Conflict, Cooperation & Future Prospects
  • SA.840.710  North American Climate Policy in a Warming World
  • SA.840.715  Economics of Immigration

 

Seminar in Politics & Political Economy

The Johns Hopkins SAIS Research Seminar Series in Politics and Political Economy brings together the political science and international relations faculty in a bi-weekly seminar, which features the work of both the school and outside scholars.

In the series, both junior and established scholars of comparative politics and international political economy present their "research in progress," in a lively exchange of ideas between presenter and audience, which includes faculty, MA and PhD students, as well as policymakers and researchers from the broader Washington, DC community.

The seminar meets on Tuesdays from 12:15pm to 1:45pm in BOB 736 (7th floor, Johns Hopkins University, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW)

Lunch will be provided, RSVP is required.

For more information, and to be added to our email list and request RSVP, please email Ms.Oliver

Fall 2018

September 25
Susan Stokes, Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor and Director of the Program on Democracy
Department of Political Science
The University of Chicago
"Why Bother? Rethinking Participation in Elections and Protests"

October 2
Tom Pepinsky, Associate Professor, Department of Government
Cornell University
"Identity as an Institution and the Origins of Ethnic Orders"

October 23
Edmund Malesky,Professor, Department of Political Science
Duke University
"Testing Legislator Responsiveness to Citizens and Firms in Single Party Regimes: A Field Experiment with the Vietnamese National Assembly"

October 30 
Martha Finnemore, Professor, Department of Political Science and International Affairs
George Washington University

Michelle Jurkovich, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Massachusetts Boston
"The Politics of Aspiration"

November 13
Jeremy Weinstein, Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Professor
Department of Political Science
Stanford University 
"Making Sense of Human Rights Diplomacy: Sybolism or Concrete Impact?"

November 27
Louis Pauly, Chair, Department of Political Science
University of Toronoto 
"The Political Foundations of Global Financial Goverance"

Spring 2019

February 19
Jessica Green,
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Toronto
"TBA"

February 26
Jennifer PanAssistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Stanford Univeristy
"TBA"

March 5
Michael Barnett, Professor, Department of International Affairs and Political Science
George Washington University
"TBA"

April 2
Rory Truex, Assistant Professor, Department of Politics and International Affairs
Princeton University
"TBA"

April 16
Mark CopelovitchProfessor, Department of Politics Science
University of Wisconsin
"TBA"

April 23
Dan Slater, Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Michigan
"TBA"

 


 

 

Events

Contact Us


Charles Doran
Andrew W. Mellon Professor of International Relations, Director of the Global Theory and History Program, International Political Economy and the Center for Canadian Studies
cfdoran@jhu.edu
Nitze 410

Starr Lee
Senior Academic Program Coordinator
slee255@jhu.edu
(202) 663-5714
Nitze 503

Address & Phone

International Political Economy
Nitze Building
1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC
20036

202.663.5714