Economic Global Order

Universidad Pompeu Fabra

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Economic Global Order

  • Host University

    Universidad Pompeu Fabra

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Economics, International Economics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    It is no secret that over the last half-century the international arena has become more and more interconnected. The reasons are manifold: the consequences of the Second World War, the globalization of markets, the crossborder nature of the many challenges that threaten our societies and the speed of the technological development, among others.

    In this context, a number of International Organizations and Institutions has mushroomed to cope with this growing complexity, paving the way to the emergence of a highly complex economic global order.

    This course has two main approaches. First, it presents the key issues and critical moments that have led to the current state of the art in global governance. Second, it examines the major institutions that deal with global economics and international trade, as well as the expected (and unexpected) outcomes of current trends in globalization (economic imbalances, transnational migrations, environmental concerns, etc). It will also look at specific empirical cases to illustrate such trends in the international political economy trends since 1945.

    Special attention will be paid to Institutions and phenomena, including:

    • The Bretton Woods System (WB, IMF and WTO)
    • Regionalisms in Economic Global Governance (EU, NAFTA, Mercosur, ASEAN)
    • Growth and Imbalances in Global Order
    • International migrations flows
    • Environmental concerns for Economic Development In short, the course aims at provide students with an overall perspective of the structure and dynamics of the current economic global order.



    Understand the key issues and critical moments of the historical path to the current state of the art in Global Governance. Assess and link the network of actors and interests of Global Governance.



    Unit 1: The Economic Glibal Order. A theoretical approach

    Unit 2: The UN and the Bretton Woods System

    Unit 3: Regionalisms everywhere

    Unit 4: Other Actors in the EGO

    Unit 5: Perspectives on Culture

    Unit 6: Perspectives on Develpment and Wealth

    Unit 7: Perspectives on Environment and Migrations

    Unit 8: Illicit Global Economy

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