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Internationale Politische Ökonomie


At the beginning of the 21st century, financial and economic crises, illiberal politics and climate change have posed major challenges to the modus operandi of contemporary capitalism and the international order. International Political Economy (IPE) strives to explore and analyze the related cross-border entanglements of economic, political and social processes as well as the tensions and (inter)dependencies that arise from it. Its fundamental premise is that ‘the economy’ is politically constituted through social groups, discourses and institutions that vary across time and space, impacting on how we produce, exchange and distribute wealth and power both globally and domestically. At Osnabrück University, the field of IPE combines international and comparative perspectives in both teaching and research.


Teaching in IPE at Osnabrück University is anchored in all study programs in the social sciences. It introduces students to the study of modern capitalism from comparative, international and historical angles, as well as to European economic and monetary integration. Further specialized courses deal with power and conflict in (governing) the global economy, salient issue areas such as money and finance, and case study methodology. 


Current research revolves around two key topics. The first concerns the politics of ‘financialization’, which is shorthand for the rise of financial actors, interests and practices in political economies around the globe. Here, a central object of inquiry is the role of development/promotional banking. The second concerns the political constitution of different ‘growth regimes’ and their implication for international integration and geoeconomic tension, both within the European Union and in the context of emerging powers.


Team IPE currently consists of Prof. Dr. Daniel Mertens (research area leader), Kardelen Günaydın (PhD researcher), Lissa Saage (student assistant), and Vera Bröcker (administration).