Political Economy of Development
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Social Research
Course Number: GPOL 6488
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course offers a critical survey of key concepts, theories and paradigms in the political economy of development since 1945.It seeks to provide an intellectual history of the field as well as an assessment of the power and limitations of rival explanatory approaches. The first section examines classical developmental paradigms: modernization, planning and late industrialization; dependency and world system theories; the neoclassical counter-revolution; gender, feminism and development; and governmentality, high modernism and post-development. The second part of the course explores various attempts to reconfigure the political economy o fstate-society relations and the prospects of development by analyzing the impact of developmental states; institutions, democratization and good governance; participation, decentralization and social capital; and ethni cconflict and state failure. The final section recasts the frame by examining the long-term impact of physical geographies, colonial legacies and economic globalization on the prospects of development. Although primarily analytical, the course also seeks to assess rival theoretical frameworksvis--vis specific cases in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.
Course Open to: Majors Only