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Multinational Corporations and Globalization

Multinational corporations are critical players in the global political economy. The larger MNC's have revenues greater than the GOP of many states, and their significance as economic actors leads them to play a dominant role in international trade, investment and development. Their investment, employment and location decisions have major impacts on their home and host countries, on the natural environment, on national cultures, and on labor markets. MNC's are also important social and political actors, engaging in the governance of global issues such as climate change and labor standards. The course draws from a range of perspectives to examine issues such as offshore sourcing, the rise of China and India as economic and political powers, and the shifting relationship among states, businesses and civil society.

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