East Asian Languages and Cultures | China's Political Economy
E393 | 1596 | Kennedy


This course provides an overview of the political economy of China, the
world's most important potential global economic powerhouse. Examining China
in historic and comparative perspectives, students will consider several
questions: Why did China not experience an industrial revolution until the
20th century? Is the adoption of capitalism promoting democratization,
reinforcement of the Communist Party's authority, or political decay? What
links are there between economic and political power in China? And is
capitalism making the country more or less integrated? Course materials
range from secondary scholarly works to case studies of individual companies
to videos. Assignments include regular reading (50-100 pages per week), 2
short papers, an industry analsysis joint project, and midterm and final
exams. There are no formal prerequisites, but students who have already
taken a 300-level course related to China or a class in political economy or
international business will be best prepared at the start.