Bora Clara Park is APSI's first Postdoctoral Research Associate. Her research interests include international political economy, international organizations, and foreign economic policies in the Asia-Pacific, specifically the global governance of high-technology industries and business-state relations in international policymaking. Her book project, Negotiating Globalization: The Political Economy of Global Sectoral Agreements in Information Technology, Telecommunications, and Finance, examines variation in the institutional design of the WTO sectoral agreements in IT, telecommunications, and finance. It aims to understand why and how states negotiated sectoral agreements and traces the source of state preferences to an industry’s core business and its major user industries. Other research topics in progress are: Firm Preferences and the Globalization of Finance; Financial Crisis and Trade in Financial Services: Nesting Mega-FTAs in GATS; Financial Crisis and the New Global Economic Governance of the WTO and the IMF; and Institutional Resilience and Obsolescence of International Economic Institutions.
In Fall 2016, Bora taught POLSCI 350, New Economic Order in East Asia: Trade and Financial Liberalization, Crises, and Recovery. This course examined how the region responded to regional and global financial crises in the last twenty years and sought to determine what explained the growth of bilateral and regional trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific. It also explored the implications of China’s rise for the regional and international political economy and looked at how the geopolitics of Asia play a role in trade and financial relations.
For Spring 2017, Bora is teaching POLSCI 555S, The Politics of Market Competition in a Global Economy. In this course, students examine the history and contemporary political, economic, and legal aspects of industrial policy and its development in East Asia. They also explores the evolution of economic competition or business-state relations thought and practice in East Asia over the past century, the recent rapid spread of innovative policies, as well as domestic and international conflicts and cooperation over competition policy.