New Strategies in Political and Economic Development|
Spring 2014 not offered
LAST 293, EAST 293|
This seminar explores several novel strategies in economic development. In particular, the course assesses the strengths and weaknesses of local-based efforts to alleviate poverty. Microfinance, property titling efforts, the fair trade movement, and an overall emphasis on sustainability are primary examples of such efforts and will occupy center stage in this course. These strategies receive considerable accolades in the media, but scholars and practitioners understand much less about how well the programs actually alleviate poverty. Furthermore, the political hurdles limiting or preventing implementation of many economic strategies are poorly understood. This seminar fills the gap as we perform in-depth research and analysis to solidify students' understanding of novel strategies in development and the political context in which they exist.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Polit Econ)(GOVT)(GOVT-Comparativ)(LAST)
Readings for the course will consist of numerous recent books on new strategies in political and economic development. For example, Muhammad Yunus' "Banker to the Poor" (ISBN 1586481983), Hernando de Soto's "The Mystery of Capital" (ISBN 0465016154), William Easterly's "The Elusive Quest for Growth" (ISBN 0262550423), Paul Collier's "The Bottom Billion" (ISBN 0195373383) and Jeffrey Sachs/Joseph Stiglitz's "Escaping the Resource Curse" (ISBN 0231141963).
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One research design, one article-length research paper (20-30 pages) one presentation. Class participation and short weekly paper round out the remaining assignments.
Class participation: 10%
Mid-term Exam: 25%
Research Design: 15%
Final Exam: 25%
Research Paper: 25%
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