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July 2002

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SOS 750, Section 1

International Economic Organizations

Syllabus

J. David Richardson

Professor of Economics and International Relations

jdrichar@maxwell.syr.edu, 315 443-4339 (T), 9085 (F)

jdrichar@iie.com, 202 328-9000 (T), 5432 (F)

Course Synopsis

This course aims to describe and analyze the role of international economic organizations in international relations.  It covers the economic reasons for their existence, their historical performance, their effects on politics, diplomacy, and society, and whether different organizations could and will do their job better in the future.  It also covers the case for organizations that “should” exist to fill a need, but do not, and speculates on the reasons.  The course is an international relations course, not an economics course (there are no economics pre-requisites).

Objectives and Topical Outline

Broad introduction to the political economy of international economic organizations, then detailed descriptive treatment of some or all of the following:

Institutions of International Microeconomics, Trade, and Investment.

The World Trade Organization (WTO).

The International Labor Organization (ILO).

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Environmental organizations.

Anti-proliferation organizations.

Institutions of International Macroeconomics, Finance, and Debt.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The World Bank.

The "G7/G8" (Group of Seven/Eight) Process.

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

The Basle Accord(s) and Process.

The Paris and London Clubs.

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