Political Science | Multinational Corporations
Y200 | 3403 | Hart

	This course will introduce students to the political side of direct
foreign investment. The relations between national government and
multinational firms are explored through a combination of theoretical works
and case studies. The potential for conflict between governments and firms
will be examined in a variety of contexts: e.g., in cases where the
activities of foreign firms inflame national sentiments, where foreign firms
act as agents of their home governments, and where firms, in their normal,
competitive behavior, act contrary to the interests of host governments. The
constructive roles that multinational firms play in the international
economic system will also be explored, and some attention will be paid to
the way in which governments are constrained in their policies toward firms
because of the lack of alternative ways of fulfilling their goals.