PSC/IR 255 Institutions and Underdevelopment

Political Science Field: Comparative Politics, International Relations
International Relations Track: Political Economy and Development (B)
Typically offered every year

Avidit Acharya
Spring 2013 — TR 9:40-10:55

Course Syllabus

Why are some societies so much less developed than others? We will discuss the importance of political and economic institutions, ethnic and class conflict, the role and organization of the state, and political beliefs and culture in answering the question above. Cases will be taken from Africa, South Asia, and East Asia.

Avidit Acharya
Spring 2012 — TR 9:40-10:55

Why are some countries so much richer than others? This course focuses on the political causes of differences in income across countries. We will address the importance of political and economic institutions, ethnic and class conflict, the role and organization of the state, and political beliefs and culture in answering the question above. We will also discuss the consequences of unequal wealth for political and economic development. Cases will be taken from Africa, East Asia and South Asia.