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Margaret Levi
POL S 589
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Political Economy

Evaluating research in political economy as well as developing research problems. Topics vary with instructor and with current problems in the literature.

Class description

The focus is on the process of building (or undermining) state capacity with a special emphasis on policies of taxation. We are reading some recent major books by economists and political scientists that cover a wide range of countries and periods but use a variety of methods.

Student learning goals

analytical skills if undertaking political economy research

substantive knowledge about states through history

General method of instruction

Seminar style

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Assignments. 20-25 page paper Reading: articles (to be assigned) plus. I will circulate syllabus by December 15 ------------------- Title: Taxation And State-building In Developing Countries: Capacity And Consent Author: Brautigam, D Fjeldstad, O.-h. Moore, M. ISBN: 0521716195 Publisher: Cambridge University Press Edition: 1st,ppbk ------------------- Title: The New Fiscal Sociology: Taxation In Comparative And Historical Perspective Author: Martin, I.w. Mehrotra, A.k. Prasad, M. ISBN: 0521738393 Publisher: Cambridge University Press Edition: 1st,ppbk ------------------- Title: Of Rule And Revenue Author: Levi, Margaret ISBN: 0520067509 Publisher: University Of California Press Edition: ppbk ------------------- Title: Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking Of The Way To Fight Global Poverty Author: Banerjee, Abhijit & Esther Duflo ISBN: 1610390938 ------------------- Title: Why Nations Fail: The Origins Of Power, Prosperity, And Poverty Author: Acemoglu, Daron & James Robinson ISBN: 0307719219 Publisher: Crown Business Edition: hardcove ------- Title: Violence And Social Orders: A Conceptual Framework For Interpreting Recorded Human History Author: North, D Wallis, J. Weingast, B. ISBN: 1107646995 Publisher: Cambridge University Press Edition: ppbk

------------------- Title: The Origin Of Political Order: From Prehuman Times To The French Revolution Author: Fukuyama, Francis ISBN: 0374533229 Publisher: Farrar, Straus And Giroux Edition: reprint

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Margaret Levi
Date: 11/29/2012