This module focuses on the economic policy-making process and on the variation in economic policies across countries. We will assess policy variation in areas such as taxation, privatisation, monetary policy, labour market regulation, financial regulation, trade policy, industrial policy, welfare policies, and the management of natural resources. In order to understand the variation in policies, we will look at functional explanations as well as at the role of economic ideas, party politics, interest group lobbying, IMF and World Bank conditionality, and policy diffusion.
This module will particularly suit students who are interested in the politics of the policy-making process and in the way in which politicians seek to create, correct, and stimulate markets.
*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
Dr Christel Koop
The module will consist of weekly, one-hour lectures and weekly one-hour seminars.
Module assessment - more information
Students will be assessed on the basis of an essay (45 percent), an unseen written exam (45 percent), and attendance and participation (10 percent).