Fall 2023 - IS 801 G100
Politics, Institutions and Development (4)
Class Number: 4636
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Fri, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
1 778 782-4508
Prerequisites:Graduate students enrolled in the MA in International Studies, or permission of the instructor.
'The quality of institutions' is now said to exercise a crucial influence on the prospects for development, and the course interrogates this claim both through analysis of different paths of economic growth and change across the developing world, and in regard to public administration and development management. It examines development policies and institutional theories, the politics of institutions and state formation, and the relationships between political systems, institutions and patterns of development.
The central focus of this required graduate seminar and advanced undergraduate course will be social-science debates about politics, institutions, and development. An important question guiding this seminar will be: what are the conditions under which subordinate groups, communities and classes can push socioeconomic and political development toward a societal democracy in the age of neoliberal globalization to reduce or eliminate inequalities?
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
The course will provide students the opportunity to read extensively about development and inequality. Students will finish the course with an intermediate-to-advanced level of knowledge of the main theoretical and critical perspectives from several disciplines in the social sciences about issues confronting developing countries. They will acquire a broad range of conceptual and analytical tools for examining the politics, institutions and development across a diverse range of countries, primarily but not only of the Global South.
- Discussion Papers (5x5%) 25%
- Response Papers (5X2%) 10%
- Mid-term Essay 25%
- Final Essay 25%
- Participation 15%
All articles will be available on Canvas:
Classical work on development (articles)
Financialization, land grabbing and neoliberal globalism (articles)
Thomas Piketty. 2022. A Brief History of Equality. Translated by Steven Randall. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. ISBN: 9780674273559
Lucas Chancel, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, and Gabriel Zucman, et al. 2022. World Inequality Report 2022. World Inequality Lab. wir2022.wid.world.
Katharina Pistor. 2019. The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press
Erik Olin Wright. 2019. How to Be an Anticapitalist in the Twenty-First Century. London and New York: Verso. ISBN: 9781788736053
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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Graduate Studies Notes:
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