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Spring 2012 - 61935 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

International Development

Instructor(s): Weaver, Catherine
Unique Number: 61935
Day & Time: Th 9:00 - 12:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.124
Waitlist Information:For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information
Final Exam Information:May 10, 2012 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm SRH 3.122
Course Overview

Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.


Section Description

This class will examine the politics of global economic governance, focusing on how formal and informal international institutions facilitate cooperation and mitigate conflict in the world economy. We begin with a historical overview of the evolution of the global economic governance architecture, including the Bank of International Settlements, the Bretton Woods Institutions and the rise of regional trade, finance and development organizations. We then take a more critical look at global economic governance after the Cold War, specifically in the context of the most recent global financial crisis. Here we look into the role and influence of the “G” institutions (e.g. G-20), the evolution of the Basel Accords, and the rise of private-public regulatory mechanisms in trade and finance. We will also examine the major trends, challenges and proposed policy reforms in international development aid and international trade.