Undergraduate Course Code: POL445H1S L0101
Politics of Growth in Developing Countries
This course focuses on the political economy of growth in the developing world. It is organized around the question of why some parts of the developing world have done better in terms of growth and growth-related inputs than others. While qualifying what success and failure may mean, the analytical focus will be on how best to understand the political determinants of such variation. The course is divided into three parts. It will begin with a brief overview of different conceptual frameworks related to growth. It will then examine the broad growth experiences of some regions of the developing world – East Asia, Latin America, Africa and South Asia. The main portion of the course will be devoted to a variety of themes related to growth that cut across regions such as regime type, the role of the state, institutions, globalization, foreign aid, inequality and ethnicity.
Format and Requirements
One two-hour seminar per week. Course requirements TBA.