Fall 2013

Political Economy of Development

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-232

Formerly listed as: POSC-15  |  POSC-32

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Javier Corrales (Section 01)


[CP, IR] [IL - starting with the Class of 2015] This course surveys some of the principal themes in the political economy of lower-income countries. Questions will cover a broad terrain. What are the key characteristics of poor economies? Why did these countries fail to catch up economically with the West in the 20th century? Who are the key political actors? What are their beliefs, ideologies and motivations? What are their political constraints, locally, nationally and globally? We will review definitions of development, explanations for the wealth and poverty of nations, the role of ideas, positive and dysfunctional links between the state and business groups, the role of non-state actors, the causes and consequences of poverty, inequality, disease and corruption, the impact of financial globalization and trade opening, the role of the IMF and the World Bank, and the arguments of anti-developmentalists. We will look at the connection between regime type and development. (Are democracies at a disadvantage in promoting development?) We will also devote a couple of weeks to education in developing countries. We know education is a human good, but is it also an economic good? Does education stimulate economic growth? What are the obstacles to education expansion? We will not focus on a given region, but rather on themes. Familiarity with the politics or economics of some developing country is helpful but not necessary.

Limited to 25 students. Fall semester. Professor Corrales.

If Overenrolled: Priority first given to seniors, then to a balance of sophomores and juniors, randomly determined, followed by first-year students and 5-college students.

Cost: 24.00 ?


2014-15: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2010, Spring 2012, Fall 2013

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