Configuring the World: A Critical Political Economy Approach
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Genre: eLearning Video / Economy and Finance, Politics
In today's world, politics and economics are inextricably interconnected, but what is the nature of this connectivity? What are the power relationships that shape the world economy today and create new challenges for international institutions facing globalization? What makes some countries wealthier than others? Do we face cultural diversity or fragmentation? Does the type of governance effect economic development and social change or is it the other way around? How do we measure it and how trustworthy is the data? These issues and many more will be examined in this course along with up-to-date sources and biting criticism.

The course is composed of eight modules that together will introduce students to the influences that shape the world in which we live today and to some of the political economy concepts used to explain them. It will examine the forces that explain the differences between success and failure in economic development and effective government in different countries. It will view how these forces also interact in the global economy.

The course will adopt a 'critical political economy approach' in two ways. It will criticize the data that are employed by social scientists to test their hypotheses on questions of governance and economic development. However, it will also raise the prospect that the problems in economic development might lie at a more fundamental, systemic level.


01 Week 0 Welcome
02 Week 1 Introduction to Data Used in Political Economy
03 Week 1 Extra Video
04 Week 2 Trust
05 Week 2 Extra Video
06 Week 3 Society and Fragmentation
07 Week 3 Extra Video
08 Week 4 Governance
09 Week 4 Extra Video
10 Week 5 Economic Development
11 Week 5 Extra Video
12 Week 6 Globalization
13 Week 6 Extra Video
14 Week 7 Global International Organizations
15 Week 7 Extra Video
16 Week 8 The Locus of Control
17 Final Video
18 Extra Material
19 Tutorials

About the Instructor(s)

Richard Thomas Griffiths
Richard T. Griffiths is Emeritus Professor of Economic and Social History and Professor of International Studies at Leiden University. He is a visiting professor at Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok) and Renmin University (Beijing). His main research interests have been in economic development, development assistance and the history of European integration.