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Lecture1-Week 1 - INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL...

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September 30, 2009 INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY MEREDITH HUBER Political Science 186 Lecture 1 9/30/2009 Website: www.polsci.ucsb.edu/faculty/cohen/courses HAVE CURRENT EVENTS QUESTIONS READY!! International Political Economy (IPE): analytical effort to break down the barriers that separate and isolate the disciplines of politics, economics, and sociology to seek a comprehensive understanding of mainly international if not global, issues and events. Three major and analytical perspectives and four international structures o Economics o Political Science o Sociology Combines the elements of economics, politics and sociology to describe and explain international and global problems GLOBALIZATION: allows for communication among states/individuals/groups INTERDEPENDANCE: among individuals, social groups, nation states (a legal political entity that governs a geographically defined territory composed of one or more groups of people with different ethnic backgrounds and cultures) The political dimension of IPE: usually focuses on the use of state power to make decisions about who gets what, when and how in a society Economy: how scarce resources are allocated for different uses and distributed among
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