Political Economy of Development

A photograph of a young girl recieving a new pair of shoes and socks.

KRTSANISI, Georgia - A little girl named Maiko gets new shoes and socks from Army LtCol. Donna Lupien, a nurse anesthetist for Task Force GTEP. In a developing nation where resources are scarce, many Georgian children were desperately in need of clothing and shoes that fit properly. (Photograph by 1stLt. Justin M. Colvin.)


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Spring 2003



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For this course, students must write one analytical paper examining the fourth week of readings. This paper is detailed in the assignments section. A full list of readings is also available.

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This course examines theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding the process of late development. Topics include the role of the state in alleviating or exacerbating poverty, the politics of industrial policy and planning and the relationship between institutional change and growth. How over the past century have some of the world's poorest nations achieved wealth? How have others remained mired in poverty? What are the social consequences for alternative strategies of development?

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Edward Steinfeld. 17.556 Political Economy of Development. Spring 2003. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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