Fall/Winter Timetable

JPE2408Y1Y L0101

Political Economy of International Development


This course explores the political economy of development strategies within the context of globalization. It focuses on both the dominant market-oriented model and alternative development strategies. Case studies drawn from Latin America, Asia and Africa examine the design, implementation, and performance of the various development models. This is a graduate course given by the Department of Economics and the Department of Political Science.


The following are some books which could profitably be read as preparation for this course: David Harvey, A Brief History of Neoliberalism (2005); K. Gallagher, Putting Development First: The Importance of Policy Space in the WTO and IFIs (2005); Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation (2001) [1944]; John Rapley, Understanding Development, 3rd ed. (2007); Joseph Stiglitz, Globalization and Its Discontents (2002); R. Sandbrook, M. Edelman, P. Heller and J. Teichman, Social Democracy in the Global Periphery: Origins, Challenges, Prospects (2007); and Richard Sandbrook, ed., Civilizing Globalization: A Survival Guide (2003).

Format and Requirements

This is a seminar course in which one-third of the sessions are introduced by an instructor and two-thirds by students. Participants will make oral presentations, write one research paper, and prepare four brief reflections on key readings.