This course examines the way political factors influence the economic interactions between countries. The course will provide an overview of historical and current global economic relations and systematically analyze how politics shape them: Why do countries cooperate economically in some situations but not others? Why do some governments promote globalization while others oppose it? How does international economic integration affect the policy options available to national governments? We will address these questions and others with a focus on the politics of trade, international investment, labor migration, capital control and exchange rate policy, and financial crises. The course will approach these topics by examining alternative theoretical approaches and evaluating these theories using contemporary and historical evidence.