TPOL S 330
Exploration of politics underlying Latin America's economic development. Topics covered include import-substituting industrialization, mercantilism, the debt crisis, neoliberalism, market integration, and poverty. Review of major theoretical perspectives such as modernization theory, dependency, and the new political economy.
This course will follow the official description closely, with respect to empirical evidence, but emphasizing postcolonial theoretical frameworks by way of explanation. This mostly means that the "international" in international political economy will interrogate capitalist uneven development through successive re-workings of colonial, neocolonial, and postcolonial interdependencies. This 300-level course assumes introductory familiarity with Latin American politics, economics, geography, and political economy concepts such as terms of trade, industrial policy, and neoliberalism. Students will be responsible for making up for lack of prerequisite knowledge, but are welcome to use my office hours to help with this.
Student learning goals
What commonalities and differences have shaped Latin American political and economic development since independence?
Why do some scholars refer to the late 19th century as the "Second Conquest" of Latin America, and the late 20th centural as the "Third Conquest"?
How have Latin American industrial and monetary policy orthodoxies changed in relation to global ideas and events, such as liberalism, Keynesianism, and neoliberalism?
What is a revolution? Which "revolutions" have had wider revolutionary impacts on Latin American political and economic development than others?
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading