Contemporary Perspectives on IPE. Class 3 â€“ Tuesday, 20 September 2011 J A Morrison. Barry Eichengreen. Jerry Cohen. Larry Summers. 1. Contemporary Perspectives on IPE. Defining Our Terms IPE as a Social Science IR â€œSchoolsâ€/â€œTheoriesâ€ Some Differentiating Questions
Class 3 – Tuesday, 20 September 2011J A Morrison
Since these terms are frequently used in different ways, it will be valuable for us to be sure we use the terms in the same ways in this class.
Of course, we might disagree about specific characterizations; but the point remains: different regime types, levels of liberality, and PE systems have been combined.
Concerned with what is (positive), not what ought to be (normative).
An understanding of what can be known and how to acquire knowledge.
(Don’t think the way my mother does: “liberals” versus “conservatives.”)
Here are some of the essential questions we might ask.Each question constitutes a dimension along which we might organize different theorists & theories.
Which mode did Locke, Smith, & Marx use?
Which view did Locke, Smith, & Marx hold?
Are we social or unitary/atomistic actors?
What areas of the market face which circumstance?
Throughout the term, we’ll rigorously examine a range of empirical cases.This will help you to build a universe of cases upon which you can draw as you attempt to develop and test theories about IPE.
Some of this you will have to know because that history was influential. But in this class—and every other—you should evaluate theory using the cases you know best.Combine what we study here with what you already know.
Today, I’ve tried to briefly introduce some of the major issues and perspectives in the study of IPE today.I want to emphasize, though, that there continues to be disagreement about how (and what!) we should study in this field.