349Spal08aLatAmer - 1 PSC 349 Topics in World Politics...

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1 PSC 349: Topics in World Politics: Latin American Political Economy Fall 2008 ROSE J. SPALDING Phone: 773-325-1983 Office: 990 W. Fullerton Room 2102 Email: [email protected] Latin America has gone through dramatic change over the last half century as the region shifted economic models and searched for new forms of integration into the international economic system. At the same time, several basic power parameters have proven quite durable, as have many of the region’s social and economic problems. This course explores competing theories about the reasons for and results of those dynamics. The first part of the course is designed to familiarize you with the background of Latin American economic development, the dominant economic models of the 20 th and early 21 st centuries, and debates about alternative economic approaches and outcomes. This section emphasizes understanding conceptual tools and general arguments in this field. It focuses on the debate among three schools of thought: neoliberalism, neostructuralism and neoinstitutionalism. This part of the course concludes with a section on the social and economic consequences of the development processes in Latin America, issues of poverty and inequality, health and education reforms, the impacts on women and indigenous people, and efforts to limit environmental damage. The second part of the course explores the economic consequences of Latin America’s electoral shift to the left during the last decade. We analyze the challenges of economic reform and democratic deepening in the region presented by the “post-neoliberal era.” Discussion focuses on the implications for trade, investment, and prosperity, as well as citizen empowerment and political legitimacy. Alternative trade and investment models, including the domestic economic structures and international agreements emerging under Brazil’s Lula da Silva and Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez, are explored. READINGS : Patrice Franko, The Puzzle of Latin American Economic Development , 3rd edition (Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2007); Richard Bourne, Lula of Brazil: The Story So Far (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008); Assorted readings electronically linked to the syllabus at the Blackboard site. GRADING : Class participation 20% First take-home exam (5-7 pages) 20 Second take-home exam (5-7 pages) 20 Annotated bibliography (10 items) 5 Research presentation 5 Research paper (10-12 pages) 30 CLASS PARTICIPATION :
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2 I expect regular attendance and participation in class discussions. Missing more than two class sessions will result in your class participation grade dropping a letter for each additional class missed. You’ll be asked to “co-lead” class discussion for one period during the first four weeks of the quarter. That means you’ll need to do the readings assigned for that day with extra care and come to class prepared to provide an overview, raise questions, and offer comments of your own. I’ll circulate a sign-up list so you can choose to focus on those
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