Spring 2023

Political Economy of Development

Listed in: Education Studies, as EDST-232  |  Political Science, as POSC-232

Formerly listed as: EDST-32  |  POSC-15  |  POSC-17  |  POSC-51

Faculty

Javier Corrales (Section 01)

Description

(Offered as POSC 232 and EDST 232) 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 24 students. Prioity given to sophomores. Spring semester. Professor Corrales.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to sophomores then Political Science majors.

Keywords

Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Sophomore Seminar

Offerings

2022-23: Offered in Spring 2023
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Fall 2020