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Fall 2012 - 62210 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Political Economy of the BRICS

Instructor(s): Flynn, Matthew
Unique Number: 62210
Day & Time: W 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.212/221
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Course Overview

Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.


Section Description

This course surveys the large emerging economies of the world from a political economy perspective. The combined economic strength of Brazil, Russia, India and China represents a tectonic shift in the world’s global economic system. But despite similarities in terms of their large populations, geographical expanse, and surging consumer markets, these countries are markedly distinct in terms of their history, culture, and institutions. The course is designed to move beyond purely economic perspectives of markets, capital accumulation, and per capita income to analyze the relationships between state, society and economy as these countries negotiate their increasing integration into the global economy. Theoretically, we will consider perspectives on globalization with a macro-level view, on the one hand, as well as comparative institutional analysis with more national or meso-level, on the other, in order to understand the complex changes taking place in these countries.