Topics in the Political Economy of Contemporary South Asia
- Module Code:
- Year of study:
- Final Year
- Taught in:
- Term 2
The aim of this course is to give a broad analytical and chronological outline of the economic development of India and Pakistan from Independence to the current period. Topics covered include: the state, planning and industrialisation; radicalism and reform; democracy, authoritarianism and development; and liberalisation.
153400123 OR 153400130 OR 153400124
(Macroeconomic Analysis OR Microeconomic Analysis OR Issues in Development Economics)
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
LO1. Discuss and compare the South Asian economies at the level of economic sectors and their performance in the global economy.
LO2. Analyse the impact of rent and rent-seeking in post-colonial economic development and the role of the state.
LO3. Summarise the impact of patron-client relationship on economic perforamance, agriculture, land reform and technical change.
Two hour lecture and one hour seminar, each week.
Scope and syllabus
the role of the state in post-colonial economic development and the contemporary concern with good governance and the investment climate;
the impact of patron-client relationships on economic performance,
agriculture and the agrarian question, including land reform and technical change;
industrialisation and the industrial sector including the regulatory framework,
the debate on growth, stagnation and restructuring,
the role of industrial policy before and after liberalization and growth after liberalization.
Method of assessment
One written exam (two hours), worth 70% of the total mark for the module.
One essay (2,500 words), worth 30% of the total mark for the module, due term 2.
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