Political Science | Comparative Politics: Role of the State & Development
Y657 | 27504 | Kennedy

Economic development is one of the most important achievements of a
society. Yet while some countries and regions have developed, others
have stagnated. What have, could, and should states do to promote
economic development? What role have international organizations and
other actors played in working with states and their citizens, and
what should they do differently? We will examine the theoretical
foundations of development theory and consider experiences from
around the globe, through case studies, structured comparisons, and
large-N studies. Readings, both academic and policy-oriented (as
well as Dr. Seuss!) will be 150-250 pages per week. Students will
produce 1-2 very short papers and a longer research assignment.