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Development and the State.

The major global challenge of our age is mass poverty. This is, above all, a political challenge that revolves around one single theme: transitions of capitalist development. These transitions are both extremely varied and difficult. Governments throughout the Developing World generate projects to promote capitalist development with varying degrees of success. Countries in the Developed World have their poverty problems but also tend to offer advice and models for other countries. How convincing are these models? And, how have countries devised their own plans? What works and what doesn't? And, how does the capitalist world economy affect a country's prospects?

This module will tackle these questions within a political economy framework. The focus rests on the ways in which state power and capitalist markets interact. The module focuses on the major political questions that face governments as they consider how to regulate, incentivise, and legitimate capitalist development transformations. Specific topics include: the political economy of industrialisation, gender and development, globalisation, the developmental state and human rights and development.


The module explores each topic through a three-hour mixed learning approach. This typically involves short lectures to generate key questions, discussions of key readings, problem-oriented group work, debates, and activities suggested by the students. The module outline sets out the seminar plan for each week, giuving students full opportunity to prepare for the tasks.


The module is typically assessed through a thinkpiece forcused ona key reading selected by the student, and an essay.