INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY

General Links

Alan Deardorff’s Glossary of International Economics. This site defines a large number of terms in international trade and finance. The coverage is more thorough for trade, but quite broad for finance as well. The glossary includes definitions, links to definitions, and wherever appropriate links to other sites and documents that may provide additional information. There also are bibliographies for some of the definitions; a picture gallery of diagrams from international economics; and lists of types of terms that occur frequently.

News Sources

BBC News - World Edition
CNN World News
Economist
Financial Times
The New York Times
Reuters Forum: Critical Issues in Global Economics.  Each year’s Reuter’s Forum addresses important issues in the global economy. The 2001 forum looked atht the globalization backlash, and the resulting calls for a “third way,” one that steers between a capitalist agenda and more people-centered development. The 2002 forum considered the implications of September 11, 2001 for global economic openness.

UN Human Development Report
U.S. Global Trade Map & Information
    Interactive map of the world with statistics on U.S. trade by region and by country.  Also includes a useful bibliography as to
    where this and other data can be found.

Intergovernmental Organizations

United Nations - Economic and Social Development
The World Bank
World Bank Database Library
European Union

The International Labor OrganizationThis site provides information regarding international labor standards.

 

Research Institutes

Roubini's Global Macroeconomic and Financial Policy Site
    A comprehensive site with academic articles, news stories, op-ed and analyses articles, speeches, economic
    reports, conferences, and sites on "hot topics."  Such hot topics include: current global financial issues, U.S. monetary policy, EMU
    and the Euro, dollarization, the debate on globalization, debt relief for Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC), and IMF and
    World Bank Reform.  This is a good starting place for information on potential research paper topics.

Global Development Network, North American Hub

A site for research on economic development, run by the Center for Global Development. The site offers current events news about      economic development, as well as academic and policy research on development issues.

Institute for Policy Studies
    "At a time when other think tanks celebrate the virtues of unrestrained greed, unlimited wealth, and unregulated markets,
    IPS is striving to create a more responsible society - one built around the values of justice, nonviolence, sustainability, and decency...
    IPS has core programs on Peace and Security, the Global Economy, and Paths for the 21st Century, supplemented by several
    projects that address specific issues. "
    * IPS on the Global Economy
Global Exchange Homepage
    A critical look at the World Bank, IMF, and WTO.  As proponents of fair trade rather than free trade, Global Exchange
    emphasizes that "globalization" is not an inevitable, natural phenomenon but an organized movement characterized by non-transparent,
    un-democratic rule making in constructing a particular global economy.
National Bureau of Economic Research
    The NBER is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the
    economy works. Search their publications database for recent research from more than 500 university professors around the country.

Southeast Asia Research Centre, Working Papers Database
    Contains recent working papers from the City University of Hong Kong's Southeast Asia Research Centre. Topics include financial
    sector reform in Thailand and the sustainability of welfare states in southeast Asia.

Part I - Overview and Key Concepts


The Lexus and the Olive Tree homepage
The Global Fix: A Plan to Save the World Economy...by Dani Rodrik
 

Part II - The Political Economy of International Trade

(A) Global Trade Institutions and Statistics:

World Trade Organization
The Fifth WTO Ministerial Conference (Cancun Ministerial), Sept 10-14, 2003  Link to WTO coverage and WTO’s background materials.

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development  This organization provides statistical information on economic and social issues such as trade and development.

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Contains useful links to UN trade development programs and strategies through the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

United Nations - Economic and Social Development .UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

 (B) Criticisms and Assessments of the Global Trade Regime:

Criticism of the WTO

    The Global Exchange provides the “Top 10 Reasons to Oppose the World Trade Organization” and the WTO response.

 

WTO - 10 misunderstandings about...
    An official WTO response to common criticisms.
  It addresses those arguments stating the WTO dictates policy, the WTO is for
    free trade at any cost, commercial interests take priority over development …, and over the environment, and over health and
    safety, the WTO destroys jobs, worsens poverty, small countries are powerless in the WTO, the WTO is the tool of powerful
    lobbies, weaker countries are forced to join the WTO, and that the WTO is undemocratic.


Global Citizen's Global Trade Watch. This site provides a critical perspective of the World Trade Organization.

 

“What’s New about Global Trade?” . Tech Central Station column by Daniel Drezner, September 9, 2003. Lots of useful links inside the text as well.

 

Online “Globalization and World Capitalism” debate, sponsored by the CATO Institute.  “This debate is between Cato and the Institute for Humane studies on the "pro" side, and the Nation and The America Prospect on the "anti" side. There's also an ongoing email debate for the course of the WTO talks between Johan Norberg and Bob Kuttner.” (from www.danieldrezner.com/blog/)

Institute for International Economics' "Fifty Years of the GATT/WTO: Lessons from the past for strategies for the future". Also see the Institute for International Economics’ "The World Trading System: Challenges Ahead"

Search: Free versus Fair Trade. A search engine query on sites addressing this debate.  The first two pages are good.  Follow up with similar searches on
Google.

(C) Regional Trade Institutions and Statistics:

 

European Union. Main page of the European Union’s official website. This site has links to all EU institutions, as well as to current and proposed EU treaties, and quick facts on the EU.

 

EU Trade Policy. The official website of the European Commission’s Directorate General for trade.

 

Information on the EU’s Nice Treaty.

 

European Court of Justice        

 

European Central Bank

 

NAFTA - Official Site

Noam Chomsky on NAFTA
    "The trade agreements override the rights of workers, consumers, and the future generations who cannot "vote" in the market on
    environmental issues. They help keep the public "in its place." These are not necessary features of such agreements, but they are
    natural consequences of the great successes of the past years in reducing democracy to empty forms, so that the vile maxim of the
    masters can be pursued without undue interference."

Public Citizen on NAFTA
    A site highly critical of NAFTA.
  It includes such articles and items as: "The Coming NAFTA Crash," "NAFTA at Five Years
    Report Card," "NAFTA's Broken Promises," and "Charts on NAFTA."

United Steel Workers of America on NAFTA
    A site highly critical of NAFTA.
  It includes such sections as: "NAFTA fails families and communities," "Public Safety at Risk,"
    "Fast Track expansion of NAFTA," "USWA challenges NAFTA's unconstitutional adoption," and "The Devastating impact on
    North American Workers."

 

Global Citizen's Global Trade Watch – This site provides a general overview of NAFTA from a critical perspective.


OAS's Foreign Trade Information System (SICE)  The Organization of American States (OAS) Trade Unit's Foreign Trade Information System makes available information about hemispheric integration (Western Hemisphere) and trade trends.

 

Free Trade Area of the Americas, Official Website.


Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. This page contains information regarding APEC, which is the premier forum for facilitating trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region

(D) National Trade Policies:

Japan's Trade Policy . This site provides information regarding international trade and Japanese national trade policy. 

 

METI . Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry of Japan

 

The United States Trade Representative. The official USTR web page.  This site includes useful information regarding the WTO and multilateral affairs.

 

The International Trade Administration (ITA).  Provides useful information and links regarding the US foreign trade data, statistics, and development.

 

National trade policies and information concerning NAFTA: The United States, Mexico (The Mexican embassy in Washington D.C. maintains this site), and Canada.

Part III - The Political Economy of International Money and Finance

Barry Eichengreen homepage
    Includes links to policy papers, research papers, reviews, comments, etc. written by Barry Eichengreen.
Euro Server Homepage
    The official website for the Euro.
  A comprehensive site with information about members and "how to prepare."
Euro - Key Internet Websites
European Central Bank
    The official website for the European Central Bank with press releases, speeches, publications, statistics, and other useful links.
European Investment Bank
    This is the EU's long-term lending institution.  This site offers an overview, objective, structure, projects, loans, resources,
    press releases, and publications.  See also the European Investment Fund.
Standard & Poor's Emerging Markets Database
The International Monetary Fund
    The site of the International Monetary Fund. For country-specific information, use the pull-down list of countries on the front page. This provides
    a reverse chronological list of all documents relating to a particular nation.  The semi-annual World Economic Outlooks also can be accessed from
    the IMF site, as can many other publications.
The World Bank.

     The official web site of the World Bank. Offers searches by topic and electronic access to publications and press releases.
The HIPC Initiative (World Bank site). Provides information on the debt relief initiative for Highly Indebted Poor Countries, including progress reports and

      country information.

PBS Frontline, "The Crash"
    Website for the
June 29, 1999, episode of Frontline, dealing with the 1997-1998 financial crisis.  The site includes transcripts of
    the episode, as well as links to sites critical of the IMF and World Bank, and links to media responses to the episode.
"Did the Malaysian Capital Controls Work?"
    In this paper (February 2001), Ethan Kaplan and Dani Rodrik examine the impact of capital controls on Malaysia's performance
    and recovery from the Asian financial crisis.
The Global Compact Home Page
    "United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan first proposed the Global Compact in an address to the World Economic Forum on
    31 January 1999. He challenged world business leaders to help build the social and environmental pillars required to sustain the new
    global economy and make globalization work for all the world's people."

Part IV - New Issues in IPE

Full WTO Report on Trade and the Environment, October 1999