Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Spring 2014



Course Number

DIPL 6806

Course Description

This seminar provides an overview of major approaches to the study of political economy in Latin America, past and present development trends, and recent debates over economic policy. The course begins with classic questions of the mutual reciprocal relations between politics and economics before covering the major debates between structural and institutional approaches. It proceeds by examining the switch from import-substituting industrialization to export-led growth models in the 1980s and 1990s as well as the effects of and reactions to the rise of neoliberal economic policies. The last several weeks examine new reform efforts in industry, agriculture, finance, and administration as well as the recent economic crisis. Course readings balance theory and empirics, range across methodologies and academic disciplines, and provide contrasting normative perspectives.