Political Science | Political Economy of East Asia
Y657 | 3752 | 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.