Political Economy of Development and Change in South Asia

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FHEQ Level
Department of Economics

Module overview

The aim of this course is to give a broad analytical and chronological outline of the economic development of Pakistan and India from Independence to the current period. The course contains a broad mix of economic theory, and empirical and historical analysis. Topics covered include:

  • ‘The State, Planning and Industrialisation’,
  • ‘Radicalism and Reform’,
  • ‘Democracy, Authoritarianism and Development’,
  • ‘Liberalisation’.

The course forms a natural partner for Economic Development of South Asia b) Major Sectors and the International Macroeconomy (15PECC027) . Though a background in economics is useful no prior knowledge of the region is assumed.

Students pursuing a degree external to the Department of Economics should contact the convenor for approval to take this module.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Summarise the chronological economic development of both India and Pakistan since independence.
  • Analyse their competing political systems from the view of their development.
  • Demonstrate a grasp of the economic theories under discussion and a clear analysis of their use in the history of Indian and Pakistani economies from 1948.

Method of assessment

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

Suggested reading

  • Corbridge, S and J. Harriss, ‘Reinventing India' , Polity Press 2000.
  • Byres, T.J., The Indian Economy: Major Debates Since Independence , Oxford University Press, 1998.


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