NS4540 The Political Economy of Latin America

This course examines the complex relationship between politics and economics in Latin America. The course is structured around two overarching sets of questions. First, how can political science help us understand the economic development strategies that Latin American countries have pursued at different points in time? How have political actors and forces shaped the paths of economic development and what national patterns have emerged in the conflict over economic policy making? Second, reversing the direction of causation, when these economic development strategies succeed or fail, what is the impact on politics across Latin America? How has the pursuit of different economic ideologies, ranging from Marxism to neoliberalism, altered politics in the region? Prerequisites: None.

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  • As Required