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Fall 2017
Nov 13, 2018
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GHDP 502 - Political Economy of Int'l Dev
International political economy is a field of study that closely examines the role of the state and international organizations in an economy. The course begins with a study of institutions, i.e. the formal and informal constraints that shape political, economic and social interactions. Next, it will focus on role of the state, the rationale for state intervention in markets and societies, and examples of state interventions. This will pave the way for an exploration of some important contemporary topics in the study of developing countries: causes of government failure, causes of state failure, the role of interest groups and bureaucracies, the challenge of fragile and/or failed states, and the current architecture of international political institutions. The course will also highlight the relationship between political institutions and society at large by examining the importance of culture. It will conclude with some contemporary topics that are likely to emerge from the field in the next several years.

The class has three main learning goals. First, it will provide students with some of the key theoretical, analytical and quantitative skills and frameworks that are used in the field of political economy. Second, it trains students to become participants in the global debates about politics and economics. Students will be exposed to some important examples and case studies from a number of countries.  Third, it introduces students to the field of actors in the profession of political economy. It examines key international institutions from the World Bank to global social movements, from national and local governments to nonprofits and NGOs, from multinational corporations to philanthropic foundations.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Global Human Development Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Fields of Study (Major, Minor, Concentration, or Certificate):
      Global Human Development

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