GV312-6-AU-CO:
Domestic Politics and International Relations

The details
2019/20
Government
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 6
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
15
29 May 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

BA L150 Political Economics,
BA L151 Political Economics (Including Year Abroad),
BA L152 Political Economics (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This module will examine the relationship between domestic politics and international relations. How do interest groups influence the trajectory of a country's foreign policy? Who benefits and gains from globalization and how does this affect their political beliefs?

In the first half of the module we will explore how domestic politics and interests influence government's decisions in the international arena. In the second half of the module we take a reverse perspective and examine how international politics affects domestic political leadership, policies, cleavages, and even institutions. A broader goal of the module is to practice a scientific approach to the study of politics. We will be particularly interested in how scholars propose hypotheses about the domestic-international relationship and how they use empirical evidence to test these propositions.

Module aims

Analyze relationship between domestic politics and international level processes
Shed light on domestic sources of state preferences
Explore effects of international processes on domestic variables
Strengthen ability of student for independent academic work

Module learning outcomes

Enable students to understand and critically analyze the relationship of domestic politics and international relations. Develop understanding of the role of interest group influence on state preferences, in areas such as trade and foreign aid. Develop understanding of the role of international process in shaping domestic politics, including democratic institutions, welfare state provisions and populist electoral politics. Foster ability for independent academic work.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

1x2 hour seminar each week

Bibliography

  • Putnam, Robert D. (1988) 'Diplomacy and Domestic Politics: The Logic of Two-Level Games', in International Organization. vol. 42 (3) , pp.427-460
  • Jacobs, Lawrence; Page, Benjamin. (c2011) '“Business Versus Public Influence in US Foreign Policy" in American foreign policy: theoretical essays', in American foreign policy: theoretical essays, Boston, MA: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning.
  • Almond, Gabriel A. (1989) 'The International-National Connection', in British Journal of Political Science. vol. 19 (2) , pp.237-259
  • Mosley, Layna. (2000) 'Room to Move: International Financial Markets and National Welfare States', in International Organization. vol. 54 (4) , pp.737-773
  • Hiscox, Michael J. (2006) 'Through a Glass and Darkly: Attitudes toward International Trade and the Curious Effects of Issue Framing', in International Organization. vol. 60 (3) , pp.755-780
  • Weeks, Jessica L. (2012) 'Strongmen and Straw Men: Authoritarian Regimes and the Initiation of International Conflict', in American Political Science Review. vol. 106 (02) , pp.326-347
  • KONO, DANIEL Y. (2006-8) 'Optimal Obfuscation: Democracy and Trade Policy Transparency', in American Political Science Review. vol. 100 (03) , pp.369-384
  • Posner, Daniel N. (2004) 'The Political Salience of Cultural Difference: Why Chewas and Tumbukas Are Allies in Zambia and Adversaries in Malawi', in The American Political Science Review. vol. 98 (4) , pp.529-545
  • Hee Park, Jong; Jensen, Nathan. (2007-04) 'Electoral Competition and Agricultural Support in OECD Countries', in American Journal of Political Science. vol. 51 (2) , pp.314-329
  • Lange, Matthew K. (2004) 'British Colonial Legacies and Political Development', in World Development. vol. 32 (6) , pp.905-922
  • Rudra, Nita. (2002) 'Globalization and the Decline of the Welfare State in Less-Developed Countries', in International Organization. vol. 56 (2) , pp.411-445
  • Garrett, Geoffrey. (1998) 'Global Markets and National Politics: Collision Course or Virtuous Circle?', in International Organization. vol. 52 (4) , pp.787-824
  • Olsson, Ola. (2009) 'On the democratic legacy of colonialism', in Journal of Comparative Economics. vol. 37 (4) , pp.534-551
  • Pevehouse, Jon C. (2002) 'Democracy from the Outside-In? International Organizations and Democratization', in International Organization. vol. 56 (3) , pp.515-549
  • Rudra, Nita. (2005) 'Globalization and the Strengthening of Democracy in the Developing World', in American Journal of Political Science. vol. 49 (4) , pp.704-730
  • Firmin-Sellers, Kathryn Firmin-Sellers. (2000) 'Institutions, Context, and Outcomes: Explaining French and British Rule in West Africa', in Comparative Politics. vol. 32 (3) , pp.253-272
  • Gourevitch, Peter. (1978) 'The Second Image Reversed: The International Sources of Domestic Politics', in International Organization. vol. 32 (4) , pp.881-912
  • Hainmueller, Jens; Hiscox, Michael J. (2006-4) 'Learning to Love Globalization: Education and Individual Attitudes Toward International Trade', in International Organization. vol. 60 (02)
  • Milner, Helen. (2006) ''Why Multilateralism?' in Delegation and agency in international organizations', in Delegation and agency in international organizations, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. vol. Political economy of institutions and decisions
  • Alison, Graham. (c2011) '“Conceptual Models and the Cuban Missile Crisis,” in American foreign policy: theoretical essays', in American foreign policy: theoretical essays, Boston, MA: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning.
  • Schultz, Kenneth A. (1999) 'Do Democratic Institutions Constrain or Inform? Contrasting Two Institutional Perspectives on Democracy and War', in International Organization. vol. 53 (2) , pp.233-266
  • Frieden, Jeffry; Martin, Lisa. (c2002) '“International Political Economy: Global and Domestic Interactions" in Political science: the state of the discipline', in Political science: the state of the discipline, New York: Norton.
  • Miguel, Edward. (2004) 'Tribe or Nation? Nation Building and Public Goods in Kenya versus Tanzania', in World Politics. vol. 56 (3) , pp.327-362
  • Aldrich, John H.; Sullivan, John L.; Borgida, Eugene. (1989-03) 'Foreign Affairs and Issue Voting: Do Presidential Candidates "Waltz Before A Blind Audience?"', in The American Political Science Review. vol. 83 (1) , pp.123-
  • Singer, J. David. (1961) 'The Level-of-Analysis Problem in International Relations', in World Politics. vol. 14 (1) , pp.77-92

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Research Paper Outline with Thesis Statement and Bibliography 20/11/2019 20%
Coursework Response Paper 11/12/2019 20%
Coursework Research Paper 08/01/2020 35%
Practical Presentation 20%
Practical Participation 5%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Martin Steinwand
Dr Martin Steinwand: ms17779@essex.ac.uk Module Administrator: Sallyann West, govquery@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
No

External examiner

Dr Mohammed Rodwan Abouharb
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
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