Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Fall 2017



Course Number

DIPL 6153

Course Description

Political economy is an interdisciplinary area of studies drawing on economics, sociology, and political science in explaining how political institutions, the political environment, and the economic system influence each other. This course examines the economic and political transitions in developing countries from a comparative perspective. We will focus on the tensions between economic and political reforms, between states and markets, and between economic efficiency concerns and social equity concerns. We will examine the overt and hidden trade-offs that governments make between economic development and political stability, and between domestic reforms and international pressures. We will compare the development paths of countries in Latin America, Africa, East Asia, Eastern Europe, South Asia, and the Middle East to determine the effects of culture, history, and institutions on political and economic development.