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Susan H. Whiting
SIS 455
Seattle Campus

Industry and the State

Builds on states and markets approach of 200 and 201 through specific examination of effects of industry and industrial structure on political outcomes and roles of state. Emphasis on late-developing and newly developing economies. Prerequisite: SIS 200; SIS 201.

Class description

This course examines the process of industrialization in the developing world. We have become more aware of this critical issue as more and more of the products we use (Nike shoes, Gap jeans, and Dell keyboards, to name a few) are made in countries like China and Mexico. We will examine old and new perspectives on late industrialization, focusing on the cases of China, Taiwan, and Korea, with some comparisons to Mexico and Brazil. We will discuss the role of the nation-state and the market in promoting economic development, and some of the economic and political factors that contributed to the Asian financial crisis. Towards the end of the quarter, we will look at the impact of industrialization on women, labor, and the environment in the developing world.

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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 M Jane Meyerding
Date: 10/13/2000