Economic Nationalism

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Course Description: 

Economic nationalism has for long been one of the standard approaches in international political economy scholarship. Recently, however, criticism has been voiced with regard to the traditional analytical focus on state policy, and the concomitant equation of economic nationalism with protectionism. The argument has been made that economic nationalism needs to be understood as a world view, which is compatible with varying sets of policies, including free trade. This course will look at the phenomenon of economic nationalism from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective with a view to assess the merits and drawbacks of the different theoretical approaches advanced by economists, political scientists and scholars of nationalism. The course will also address the question whether the contemporary age of globalization spells the end of economic nationalism. Are calls for ‘economic patriotism’ today just hopeless rearguard battles of nationalists, or are they part of the complex, and contradictory process of globalization? What is the relationship between economic nationalism and international economic integration?

Learning Outcomes: 

Through engagement with these debates students will gain a better understanding of the multi-faceted nature of economic nationalism. By the end of the course students will be able to:

1) identify and critically assess the most important theoretical approaches to the study of economic nationalism
2) develop a critical understanding of how economic nationalism is expressed in different realms of economic life
3) critically reflect about the relationship between globalization and economic nationalism

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