University of Manchester: International Political Economy

InstitutionUniversity of Manchester
Department School of Social Sciences
Telephone + 44 (0)161 275 1296
Study type Taught


International Political Economy (IPE), or some prefer Global Political Economy, is a vibrant and rapidly growing field of study. It has always been concerned with the connections between politics and economics, the national and the global, under conditions of globalisation.

More recently, IPE has become an especially productive field for critical social science research into such pressing global issues as world poverty, inequality, gender relations, economic crises, and the environment.

The MA in International Political Economy course at Manchester reflects the research interests and strengths of our IPE specialists in the politics discipline area, and focuses on introducing students to a broad range of orthodox and critical theories, and to the politics of globalisation today, through two compulsory course units.

You can then take a range of optional units that examine specific issues relating to: - Global governance;

  • Development and inequality;

  • Gender;

  • Environmental politics;

  • Global production and work;

  • Finance (or financialisation);

  • Capitalist diversity;

  • Ideology (including neoliberalism);

  • Economic crisis and;

  • The politics of resistance and revolt.


MA (Res)

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