Globalization, Wealth and Poverty

Globalization has washed over economies and governments around the world, with enormous impacts on how wealth and poverty are created and distributed around the world. Why do rich countries continue to be rich, while outside of Europe since World War II only Japan and South Korea have managed to join the ranks of big, rich, industrialized economies? Is globalization making it more or less difficult to redistribute income from the rich to the poor? How will the rise of China and India affect the the work of global economic institutions such as the International Monetary Fund or World Trade Organization? Why did countries in Latin America in the 1980s and Africa in the 1990s endure more than a decade of economic stagnation and decline, when other areas of the global economy were growing rapidly? How does global economic governance really operate, anyway?

At Carleton you can explore these and other topics connected to political economy and development from a variety of perspectives and themes. We have internationally recognized faculty who conduct research on these topics and themes, and they teach at all levels from introductory lecture classes to small seminars of under 25 students. A degree in Political Science at Carleton will provide you with the skills and knowledge to successfully analyse how globalization has influenced the relationship between wealth and poverty on a global scale.

Select Courses Include:

PSCI 2602 IR: Intro to Global Political Economy
PSCI 3100 Politics of Development in Africa
PSCI 3102 Politics of Development in China
PSCI 3105 Imperialism
PSCI 3204 Politics of Latin America
PSCI 3609 Global Politics of Food
PSCI 3707 Governing the Global Economy
PSCI 4500 Gender and Globalization
PSCI 4603 Analysis of IPE
PSCI 4805 Political Economy of Global Finance

Political Science course descriptions

Select Recent Publications:

Peter Andrée, J. Ayres, M. Bosia, and M-J. Massicotte (eds) Globalization and Food Sovereignty: Global and Local Change In the New Politics of Food.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

Chris Brown, “Canadian Nation Building in Africa: Building Whose Nation?” in Canada-Africa Relations – Looking Back, Looking Ahead, R. Medhora and Y. Samy (eds). (Waterloo: Centre for International Governance Innovation), 2013.

Randall Germain and Herman Mark Schwartz, “The Political Economy of Failure: the euro as an international currency”, Review of International Political Economy, Vol. 21, no. 5 (2014): 1095-1122.

Laura Macdonald, “Evaluating Canadian economic diplomacy: Canada’s relations with emerging markets in the Americas,” Canadian Foreign Policy Journal 22 (1) 2016, 12‐25.

Jeremy PaltielThe Empire’s New Clothes: Cultural Particularism and Universal Value in China’s Quest for Global Status. New York: Palgrave 2007.

Cristina Rojas, “Contesting the Colonial Logics of the International: Toward a Relational Politics for the Pluriverse”, International Political Sociology (2016) 10, 369–382

Jeff Sahadeo, “The Accidental Traders:  Marginalization and Opportunity from the Southern Republics to Late Soviet MoscowCentral Asian Survey 30, nos. 3-4 (2011): 521-540

Other topics you may wish to explore

Gender and Politics
The Global Politics of Migration
War, Peace and Security
State and Society
Human Rights and Individual Liberty