"The essence of political science ... is the analysis of choice in the context of constraints."
(Gabriel A. Almond and Stephen J. Genco)
Pluralism at home and interdependence abroad are two of the key determinants which limit politicians' margin of freedom when taking political action:
While not too long ago, political planning and decision-making predominantly focused on the provision for internal, external and (possibly) social security, citizens today expect politics to attend to all that PLUS the distribution of wealth, the regulation of markets and the production of a multitude of public goods such as the protection of data, consumer interests and of the environment. Political decisions are, thus, made under conditions of high complexity and in face of a multitude of competing interests.
At the same time, due to globalization and increasing international interdependence, nation states can no longer be regarded as de facto souvereign actors. They, rather, have to be perceived as tightly linked and in many regards constrained "players" with limited room to maneuver.
Thus, politicians as well as political scientists are faced with the question of how much scope there is for political planning, decision-making and action at home and abroad in a politically and economically globalized and interlinked world.
As participants in the MA "Political Economy and International Relations" you will address the many facets of this question. Your inquiries will be manifold, but they will always be theoretically informed, methodically sound and based on the latest research findings.
MA "Political Economy and International Relations" - student advisor: Dr. Annette Schmitt (firstname.lastname@example.org)