Aggarwal – Teaching

Vinod Aggarwal

Professor Vinod Aggarwal

Teaching Experience

Spring 2008

PS 126A: International Political Economy

This course is an introduction to theories and issues in international political economy. Our emphasis will be on understanding bargaining between rich and poor countries. In particular, we will examine the political and economic conditions conducive to the development of cooperative international economic behavior among countries. The first part of the course will consider three analytical approaches to interpret economic interaction among countries – liberalism, dependency, and mercantilism. This part of the course also will consider theories used to explain the evolution of international arrangements – regimes – in the international system. The second part of the course will focus on four issue areas of key significance for North-South relations: trade, money, multinationals, and commodities. Our emphasis will be on the post-World War II transformation of rules and behavior in these issue-areas. The third and concluding part of the course will review the theoretical ideas and examine the prospects of the less-developed countries in the international system and the future of international economic cooperation.

PS226A: Theory and Research in International Political Economy

The objective of this course is to give graduate students an overview of classic and current research in international political economy. A central theme in this course is “the reciprocal and dynamic interaction in international relations of the pursuit of wealth and power” (Robert Gilpin). After a brief overview, the course turns to the theoretical issue of international cooperation and international institutions, which have formed a central part of the architecture within which economic actors conduct their mutual relations and governments develop rules to govern these relations. The following section of the course is devoted to three substantive issue areas: international trade, international monetary and financial relations, and direct investment. One of the major goals of the course is to introduce students to a broad range of literature that should not only be useful for political science PhD candidates to prepare for qualifying exams, but also to help you think about research topics and strategies in preparation for thesis research.

MBA270.1: Business and Public Policy

This course introduces students to the political and social (nonmarket) environment of business in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Topics include domestic political institutions and policy-making, corporate political strategies, government regulation and deregulation, industrial policy, trade policy making, and international institutions. The course focuses on how executives should design and implement complementary market and non-market strategies.

Past Undergraduate Teaching Experience

  • International Political Economy
  • Comparative Foreign Economic Policies
  • International Organizations
  • International Relations

Past Graduate Teaching Experience

  • Theories in international political economy
  • Business and public policy (MBA students at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley) and IOMBA, University of Geneva
  • The development and implementation of nonmarket corporate strategies (MBA students at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley)
  • International and comparative analysis of institutions (Ph.D. students in the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley)
  • Corporate strategy in the international political economy (for MBA in Internatial Economics and Management), SDA, Bocconi, Milan, Italy) and MBA students (STOA’, Naples, Italy)
  • East Europe in the world economy
  • The evolving European Union International political economy (ASERI), MilanInternational trade and monetary relations, ISPI, Milan.
  • International Relations (for INSEAD MBAs)
Contact Information

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UC Berkeley, Berkeley,
CA 94720-1970

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