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Biography


Nathan Jensen (2002, Yale Ph.D.) is a Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas-Austin.  He only speaks in the third person for the purposes of website bios.

He was previously an associate professor in the Department of International Business at George Washington University (2014-2016) and associate professor in the Political Science Department at Washington University in St. Louis (2002-2014).

He teaches courses and conducts research on government economic development strategies, firm non-market strategies and business-government relations,  the politics of oil and natural resources, political risk in emerging markets, trade policy, and international institutions.  Not all a once.

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GOV 388L • Research In Intl Politics

38950 • Spring 2017
Meets T 9:30AM-12:30PM BAT 5.102

GOV 388L: Research in International Politics, Spring 2017

Professor Nathan Jensen

Course Overview 

This course is designed to give second- and third-year IR graduate students an intensive, guided, workshop-based independent research experience, with the final aim of producing a piece of work suitable for a master’s report or dissertation proposal (depending on progress in the program). In other words, students will be expected to produce a fully-realized piece of research by semester’s end. Class time will be focused on the practicalities of conducting, designing, and writing mainstream social science research. Extensive participation is required, from presenting one’s work at specific stages throughout the process to seeking and giving feedback in class discussions. Think of it as one big semester-long workshop.

 

Prerecs:  Completed first year of Ph.D. work

Required Readings:  No books required.  All required readings are available on Canvas.

Grading Policy

 

10% Homework

10% Article Review

10% Annotated bibliography


10% Draft literature review 

10% Draft theory section


10% Draft research design section 

10% Conference-style presentation 

30% Final paper

GOV 360N • Internatl Busn & Politics

38510 • Fall 2016
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM MEZ B0.302

Professor

Nate Jensen

Professor of Government

Office: Office hours TBA.

Email: natemjensen@austin.utexas.edu

Twitter: @NateMJensen

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

In this class we will explore the literature in political science, management, and economics on the relationship between multinational enterprises and governments.  The four main themes of the course are: 1) defining and understanding multinational enterprises, 2) governments attracting and competing for multinationals, 3) the impact of multinationals on economic development and groups within society, and 4) attempts to regulate multinationals both domestically and internationally. 

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COURSE OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course students will be able to analyze business and government relations from the perspectives of firms, governments, and societal actors. The specific objectives include:

ü  Understand how politics affects the investment decisions of multinational firms

ü  Identify the ways in which politics affects the operations of firms

ü  Articulate how “political institutions” shape the business environment for firms.

ü  Explain the types of strategies firms use to mitigate “political risk” or influence politics.

ü  Be able to support and defend arguments on if the overall impact of multinational enterprises on society is positive or negative. In what ways do they have a positive impact on development? What are the costs?

ü  List the different contemporary policy debates on the role of multinational corporations in society and the numerous government policies uses to attract investment.

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COURSE REQUIREMENTS

 

Participation (10%)

 

In-class Midterm Exam (25%): 

The midterm exam will consist of a number of short answer and essay questions.  Students are expected to know the basic arguments from all readings and have the ability to synthesize these works in broad essays (e.g. summarize the impact of FDI on development).

 

Take-home Final Exam (25%)

The final exam is a take-home exam handed out on the last day of class (April 23rd).  This cumulative exam will consist of broad essay questions.  You will select two of the four questions and hand in your answers on the day of the assigned final.

 

Entrepreneurship Assignment (40%)

 

One major requirement in this course is an entrepreneurship assignment where students combine a research project with creative solutions to a substantive problem in the global economy.  You are to pick one of the four options below.  The final paper project should be 10-12 pages, 12 point font, double spaced.  The assignment should be issue centered, where you’re not citing sources for the sake of showing you read a lot of stuff, but with the goal of introducing a problem and forwarding an innovative solution as clearly as possible.  On the final day of class all of the students are expected to present their work in the form of a poster.  The entrepreneurship assignment is worth 50% of your final grade with the following grade breakdown.

Three Page Research Paper Proposal - 5%

Literature Review - 5%

Poster Presentation - 10%

Final Paper - 20%                                                                                                                                           

100%

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Class Schedule

Class 1:  Introductions

Class 2:  Overview:  What are Multinational Corporations?

  • Jensen et al. 2012. Politics and Foreign Investment.  Chapter 1.
  • IBM Global Location Trends. 2013.
  • Pankaj Ghemawat.  2007. Why the World Isn’t Flat. Foreign Policy 159: 54-60.
  • Marcus Alexander and Harry Korine.  2006.  When You Shouldn’t Go Global.  Havard Business Review.

Class 3: Why do firms become multinational?  The OLI Framework.

  • James Markusen.  1995.  The Boundaries of Multinational Enterprises and the Theory of International Trade.  Journal of Economic Perspectives9 (2): 169-189.
    • Note: Focus on the OLI framework and understand the basics of the “knowledge capital model” of FDI
  • John Dunning. 1995.  Reappraising the Eclectic Paradigm in an Age of Alliance Capitalism.  Journal of International Business 26 (3): 461-491.
  • Eden, Lorraine. 2003. A Critical Reflection and Some Conclusions on OLI. In John Cantwell and Rajneesh Narula (eds.) International Business and the Eclectic Paradigm: Developing the OLI Framework. London and New York: Routledge.
  • Collis, D., Montgomery, C. 2008. Competing on Resources. Harvard Business Review.

Class 4:  Liability of Foreignness and Political Risk

  • MIGA. 2013.  World Investment and Political Risk.  Chapter 1.
  • Ravi Ramamurti.  2001.  The Obsolescing Bargaining Model.  Journal of International Business Studies 32 (1): 23-39.
  • Thomas Brewer.  1993.  Government Policies, Market Imperfection, and Foreign Direct Investment.  Journal of International Business Studies 24 (1): 101-120.
  • Sandy Walker.  2012.  A New Economic Nationalism? Lessons from the PotashCorp Decision in Canada.  FDI Perspectives.
  • Sophie Meunier et al.  2012.  Economic Patriotism: Dealing with Chinese Direct Investment in the United States.  FDI Perspectives.

Class 5:  Institutions and Risk

  • Jensen et al. 2012. Politics and Foreign Investment.  Chapter 2.
    • Rachael Wellhausen.  Forthcoming.  Investor-State Disputes: When Can Governments Break Contracts? Journal of Conflict Resolution.   
    • Witold Henisz. 2000.  The Institutional Environment for Multinational Investment. 

Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization 16 (2): 334-64.

  • Karl P. Sauvant.  2012.  The Times They are A-Changin’ -- Again -- in the Relationships between Governments and Multinational Enterprises: From Control, to Liberalization to Rebalancing.  FDI Perspectives.

Class 6: Political Influence and Corruption and the Developing World

  • Andrei Schleifer and Robert W. Vishney.  1993. Corruption. Quarterly Journal Economics 108 (3): 599-617.
  • Mara Faccio.  2006. Politically Connected Firms. American Economic Review 96 (1): 369-386.
  • Peter Rodriguez, Don Siegel, Amy Hillman and Lorraine Eden. 2006. Three Lenses on the MNE: Politics, Corruption and Corporate Social Responsibility. Journal of International Business Studies 37 (6): 733–746.
  • Yadong Luo.  2001.  Toward a Cooperative View of MNC-Host Government Relations: Building Blocks and Performance Implications.  Journal of International Business Studies 32 (3): 401-419.
  • New York Times.  JPMorgan Tracked Business Linked to China Hiring. Dec 7, 2013.

Class 7:  Efforts to Attract Investment/Midterm Review (Guest Speaker)

  • Readings to be announced

Class 8:  Midterm Exam

Class 9: Firms and Influence in Developed Countries

  • Stephen Ansolabehere, John M. de Figueiredo, and James M. Snyder. Why is There So Little Money in U.S. Politics?  Journal of Economic Perspectives 17 (1): 105-130.
  • Wendy L. Hanson and Neil J, Mitchell.  2000.  Disaggregating and Explaining Corporate Political Activity: Domestic and Foreign Corporations in National Politics.  American Political Science Review 94 (4): 891-903.
  • Sandy Gordon and Catherine Hafer.  2005.  Flexing Muscle: Corporate Political Expenditures as Signals to the Bureaucracy.  American Political Science Review 99 (2): 245-261.
  • Doris Fuchs. 2007. Business Power in Global Governance, pages 43-70
  • Check out your representative: http://www.opensecrets.org/

Class 10: The Impact of FDI on Development I

  • Theodore Moran. 1998. Direct Investment and Development, pages 1-84
  • Beata Smarzynska Javorcik and Mariana Sparareanu.  2005. Disentangling FDI Spillover Effects: What Do Firm Perceptions Tell Us? In TH Moran, EEM Graham, and M Blomstrom (eds.) Does Foreign Direct Investment Promote Development. Washington DC: Peterson Institute.
  • Saurav Pathak, André Laplume and Emanuel Xavier-Oliveira.  2012. Inward Foreign Direct Investment: Does it Enable or Constrain Domestic Technology Entrepreneurship?  FDI Perspectives.

Class 11:  Impact of FDI on Development II

  • Theodore Moran.  Beyond Sweatshops.  Chapters 1-3
  • Ann Harrison and Jason Scorse. 2008. Multinationals and Anti-Sweatshop Activism. American Economic Review 100 (1): 247-273.
  • Layna Mosley and Saika Uno.  2007.  Racing to the Bottom or Climbing to the Top? Economic Globalization and Collective Labor Rights.  Comparative Political Studies 40 (8): 923-948.   

Class 12: Policy Issues: Outsoucing, Tax Havens, and Financial Incentives for Investment

  • Daniel W. Drezner.  2004. The Outsourcing Bogey.  Foreign Affairs.
  • James Hines Jr. Treasure Islands. Journal of Economic Perspectives 24 (4): 103-124.
  • Kenneth P. Thomas. 2011.  Investment Incentives and the Global Competition for Capital.  FDI Perspectives.
  • Nathan M. Jensen and Edmund J. Malesky. 2010. FDI Incentives Pay—Politically.  FDI Perspectives.
  • George Kahale, III. 2011.  The New Dutch Sandwich: The Issue of Treaty Abuse.  FDI Perspectives. 

Class 13: Special Topics: Public Policy

  • Readings to be announced

Class 14: Class wrap-up, Presentations of Projects

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