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Full time September MSc 1 year

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How do global economic and political forces shape the lives and future of citizens, business, and civil society? Of political conflict and government? Your Master programme in Political Economy will teach you to answer these questions. The programme covers the ground from ‘economics for non-economists’ to understanding how the ‘rules of the game’ are shaped, to thinking about ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ of an open global economy and how that gives rise to ‘new’ conflicts and to a surge of anti-globalisation political movements. You will in global and comparative terms address the critical issues facing the developed and developing worlds, from Asia to Europe to the Americas - contemporary challenges such as migration, the struggle for development, or better financial market governance.

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Gijs de Haan

My name is Gijs de Haan. After finishing my BSc degree in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, I thought about leaving the city for a master abroad. While I was looking around I found that the UvA was going to change the master tracks for Political Science the year I was going to enroll, adding the specialisation Political Economy to the variety of choices. This caught my eye, since I was already looking to add an economic perspective to my understanding of politics. Hence, I decided to stay in Amsterdam and applied for the Political Economy track.

Although it was the first year of prof. Underhill’s master track, the specialisation module Political Economy was beyond my expectations. It offered an intense, high-speed crash course dealing with the multiple ways in which the fields of political science and economics are intertwined. At first, the course aims to broaden your understanding of what it means to think like a political economist, focusing on how different perspectives on political economy are derived from the earlier periods of scientific and modern thinking. As the course progresses, the focus shifts more towards contemporary scientific research and modern-day opportunities and risks of the spread of capitalism and increased world trade. Also, students are introduced to researchers in the field of the UvA’s own ranks. In research seminars, UvA researchers explain and defend their own research, which is very helpful when you want to envision what you want to do in terms in research.

The broad focus, encompassing a variety of aspects of political economy, helped me to figure out what I wanted to do in terms of electives and what subject I want to research for my master thesis. My electives, ‘corporate social responsibility and transnational governance’ and ‘the political economy of development and the role of the IMF and the World Bank’, helped me realise that my interests lie in the way in which global tax avoidance prevents industries in developing countries from moving up in global value chain structures. This might very well become the research topic of my master thesis.

After obtaining my MSc degree Political Economy at the UvA, I will, this summer, apply for an internship at the European Commission or the OECD, since I want to use my skills for societal gain.

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