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Fall 2017
Jan 17, 2018
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LASP 504 - Political Econ of Lat Amer
LASP-504-01 Political Economy of Latin America
Fall for 2015-2016
Spring for 2015-2016
Arruda, Monica
Course Goals & Description 

This course surveys research on a variety of topics in the political economy of Latin American development. This is an interdisciplinary course in which the reading material is mostly drawn from history, economics, and political science. Among the topics covered are the political economy of market reforms, labor, trade and regional integration, foreign investment, natural resources, financial crises, and corruption. We also examine the role of redemocratization and populism in the making of domestic policy in Latin American countries. Emphasis will be placed on the region’s economic performance in the post-1980s debt crisis period. This course aims to build familiarity with both substantive research issues and methodological approaches. Therefore, some familiarity with statistical methods 

Texts & Readings 

Reading Materials: With the exception of the book below, all assigned texts are electronically available on the course Blackboard site. I also may add fresh news stories to the reading list throughout the semester. 

Javier Corrales and Michael Penfold. Dragon in the Tropics: Hugo Chavez and the Political Economy of Revolution in Venezuela. (Washington, DC.: Brookings Institution Press, 2011). 

Suggested Reading: Although reading the following book is not required, I highly recommend it for those who want to become more familiar with recent economic reforms in Latin America. Students in previous courses have found this book to be particularly helpful in understanding major concepts and models of political economy. 

Patrice Franko. The Puzzle of Latin American Economic Development, 3rd ed. (Maryland: Rowman & Little Field Publishers, 2007). 
Assignments & Expectations of Students 

Requirements: Attendance and reading of all assigned texts before class meetings are required. The final grade will be calculated as follows: 

1)	Class participation (20%) 
2)	Two essays (20% each) 
3)	Term paper (40%)
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
LASP-504-02 Political Economy of Latin America
Spring for 2015-2016
Guardado Rodriguez, Jenny
Course Goals & Description 

The course focuses on several aspects of Latin America’s economic and political development. We will examine the different economic and political challenges facing the region and the different policy approaches developed to address them. The course combines insights from economics, political science and history to present different explanations associated with how politics influence economic development or policy choices and vice versa. Finally, we discuss the potential role of public policy to prevent or resolve these concerns. 

Key questions we will address are: How political factors influence the presence of economic crises in the region? Has the presence of an orderly, peaceful, and steady democratic rule improved economic performance in the region? Why is LA one of the most violent regions in the world and with higher levels of perceived corruption? Is the economic gap between the United States and Latin America driven by its different colonial experiences? Is the presence of abundant natural resources a “curse” for long-term development? Why did import substitution industrialization failed in LA while succeeded in other countries? What should we expect of the political and economic development of the region in the future? 

The course also seeks to familiarize students with the most common empirical methodologies utilized in the field. As such, some lectures will include an overview of the relevant statistical technique needed for fully understanding the findings and assessing the credibility of key papers in the field. 
Texts & Readings 

The course is not taught from a textbook. Instead, all readings are articles or chapters available online through Blackboard or Georgetown’s library reserve.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Juris Doctor, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Latin American Studies Program Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     
      MN or MC Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors:     
      Latin American Studies

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