MAAS-556 Politics of Development: Arab World
Spring for 2014-2015
What is the role of the state in Arab economies? How have socio-economic factors affected the “Arab spring”? How does corruption impact economic development? Does oil wealth give Arab states a greater say in international affairs or is it simply a different form of economic dependence? The course seeks to answer these questions by critically examining concepts of domestic and global governance and applying them to the Arab states. The first part of the course will illuminate single country case studies by using the tools of comparative political economy. The second part will use perspectives on international political economy to examine the Arab states’ position in the global economy.
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