Type of Credit: Elective
Number of Students
[Please note that this is class will be conducted online. The instructor will provide the link for the online classes].
This course examines the historical major economic, political, and social changes in the world economy. These include factors contributing to increases in economics performance, changes in the form of government, technological change (including industrialization), and episodes of integration and disintegration of the global economy. Can there be development outside of a state structure? What is the role of economic organizations of society in development? These are some of the questions that we examine in these and in so doing we will survey some of the major theoretical approaches to understanding the politics of economic development.
Emphasis is on institutional changes in how societies organize economic and political activities as well as on variation in development among geographic regions. Using this background, the course takes up some key issue facing nation-states including foreign trade and investment, debt, aid, and agents of change. Political economy is a core course for any political science degree at any level. The knowledge and the ability to methodically and empirically analyse how politics and economics interact is a fundamental in the scientific and empirical study of politics and international relations.
Sep 16 Introduction to the course
Olson, Mancur. 1993. “Dictatorship, Democracy and Development.” American Political Science Review 87 (3): 567-576.
Olson, Mancur. 1996. “Big Bills Left on the Sidewalk: Why Some Nations are Rich and Others Poor.” Journal of Economic Perspectives 10 (2): 3-24.
Harford, Tim. The Undercover Economist. [selected chapters TBA]
Sep 30/Oct 7
Bates, Robert. 2001. Prosperity and Violence: The Political Economy of Development. New York: Free Press.
Haggard, Stefan. 1990. Pathways from the Periphery. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. (Chapters 1, 2)
Fields, Karl J. 1995. Enterprise and the State in Korea and Taiwan. Ithaca: NY: Cornell University Press (Chapters 1, 2, 3)
Wade, Robert. 1990. Governing the Market: Economic Theory and the Role of Government in East Asian Industrialization. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.
(Chapters 1, 2, 3)
White, T. Lynn. Political Booms. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing. (Chapters 1, 4, 5)
Nov 11 Midterm test
Nooruddin, Irfan. 2012. Coalition Politics and Economic Development. New York: Oxford
University Press. (Chapters 1, 2, 3)
Clark, Cal and Alexander C. Tan. 2012. Taiwan’s Political Economy: Meeting Challenges,
Pursuing Progress. Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishing. (Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5)
Heo, U. and Tan, A. C. 2003. ‘Political Choices and Economic Outcomes: A Perspective on the Differential Impact of the Financial Crisis on South Korea and Taiwan’, Comparative Political Studies, 36(6), pp. 679–698. doi: 10.1177/0010414003254192.
Tan, A.C., 2001. “Taiwan: Sustained state autonomy and a step back from liberalization.” The political economy of international financial crises: Interest groups, ideologies, and institutions, pp.165-176.
Tan AC. 2009. “The Politics of Financial Reform in Taiwan: Actors, Institutions, and the Changing State. Asian Affairs: An American Review 36(4): 201-212.
Magcamit MI. and Tan AC. 2015. “Crouching tiger, lurking dragon: understanding Taiwan's sovereignty and trade linkages in the twenty-first century.” International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 15(1): 81-112
Clark C., Tan AC. and Ho K. 2018. “Confronting the Costs of its Past Success: Revisiting Taiwan’s Post-authoritarian Political and Economic Development.” Asian Politics & Policy 10(3): 460-484.
Manacsa RC. and Tan AC. 2012. "Strong republic" sidetracked: Oligarchic dynamics, democratization, and economic development in the Philippines. Korea Observer 43(1): 47-88.
He, Tian. 2020. Transforming the East Asian developmental state: Democratic mobilisation and the role of the middle class. Asian Journal of Comparative Politics 6 (2): 109-126.
He, T. 2020. “Towards a theory of the transformation of the developmental state: Political elites, social actors and state policy constraints in South Korea and Taiwan.” Japanese Journal of Political Science, 21(2), 47-67. doi:10.1017/S1468109919000197
Thurbon, Elizabeth. 2020. “The Future of Financial Activism in Taiwan? The Utility of a Mindset-centred Analysis of Developmental States and Their Evolution.” New Political Economy, 25:3, 320-336, DOI: 10.1080/13563467.2018.1562436
Jan 13 Final exam
1) Summaries (20%). Students will be assigned to summarize four (4) readings for the whole semester. The summary must contain the main arguments of the readings – theory, hypotheses, findings, and conclusions. In writing the summary, students are also required to submit three (3) questions from or about the reading that can be used for class discussion. The summary will have a word count of 800-1000 words (not including the discussion questions). This summary will be submitted to the instructor and the teaching assistant 24 hours before class time.
2) Reading presentation (10%). Students will be assigned to do a 10-minute in-class presentation of two of the readings that they have been assigned to summarize in the semester. To do the reading presentations, students are required to prepare five (5) presentation slides (powerpoint) that contains the main points of the reading that they have summarized. The presentation slides will be submitted to the instructor and the teaching assistant 24 hours before class time.
3) Class attendance and participation (10%). As this class is a postgraduate level paper, students are expected to have read the materials/readings prior to each class. The seminar format of the class requires students to meaningfully participate in the discussion of the readings assigned for the class day.
4) Final exam (60%). This in-class closed-book three (3) hour final exam is scheduled on the last lecture day (January 13, 2022) of our semester. The final exam is an assessment of the student’s mastery and knowledge of the all the materials (lectures, readings, films, etc.) covered in the course this semester.