East Asian Languages and Cultures | Political Economy of East Asia
E592 | 1606 | Kennedy


The first part of the course examines whether the "East Asian model"
of development is myth or reality. We consider the role of the state
in promoting economic development by comparing (and contrasting) the
experiences of countries in Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, and the
region's market-oriented Communist states. The initial focus is on
domestic contexts, but we will also consider countries' interaction
with each other and the larger global environment (e.g., the Cold
War, globalization). The second part of the course "reverses the
arrows" to examine the relationship between economic development and
democratization in the same countries.

Assignments include 200-300 pages of weekly reading, 3 short papers
and a joint project or research paper. No previous knowledge of East
Asia is expected or required.