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Department of Economics

Political Economy of Agriculture and Food

Course Code:
15PECC049
Unit value:
0.4
Taught in:
Term 2

This course is intended for students with an interest in agrarian and rural development in the South. It provides a grounding in the political economy of agrarian and rural development. The course starts out by exploring the main theories of agrarian change and the role of agriculture in development. It then moves on to a set of important specific issues and discussions regarding agrarian development and its links to overall rural development. Each topic is explored both theoretically and in specific historical and geographical contexts.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Provide a description of the agrarian and rural development of the South
2. Outline and compare the main theories of agrarian change and apply them in a historical context
3. Clearly show the link between agrarian development and overall rural development

Method of assessment

Assessment weighting: Exam 70% / Coursework 30% (1 essay). All coursework is resubmittable.

Suggested reading

Kay, Cristobal (2002), ‘Why East Asia overtook Latin America: agrarian reform, industrialisation and development’, Third World Quarterly, vol 23 (6), pp. 1073-1102.

Bhaduri A. (2003) ‘Structural Change and Economic Development: on the relative roles of effective demand and the price mechanism in a dual economy’ in H-J. Chang (ed) Rethinking Development Economics London: Anthem Press. Chapter 10

Bernstein H. (2002) ‘Land Reform: Taking a Long(er) View’ in Journal of Agrarian Change vol. 2 (4): pp. 433-463.