GOVT-516 China-India: Governmenrt, Business, Globalization
Spring for 2013-2014
This course is intended to deepen students understanding of Asia's two emerging giants through comparative analysis of their politics, economics and their connections to the rest of the world. These countries are the core states of two great world civilizations. For centuries locals and outsiders have compared the two civilizational polities. Major economies, nuclear powers, "the hearth" to vast global diasporas, and home to two thirds of the world's population, these two countries are today two of the fastest emerging global actors in the post- Cold War world. In recent years the two countries have been rivals for foreign investment; rivals for a role in the growing global technology economy; and increasingly rivals regionally and on the world stage.
The focus of this course is primarily on political economy, with an emphasis on the politics of finance. But, the readings approach the domestic, regional, and global political dynamics faced by the two countries from a range of perspectives; rational, sociological, institutional, and cultural. We will begin with the civilizational and imperial historical antecedents in both polities. Then we will move through the most important dimensions of comparative political and social development internally. Next, in the second half of the course, the emphasis will move outward locating the countries with respect to external actors, analyzing their changing regional and global positions, and finally considering their relations with one another. The course is organized, to the first order, in a thematic fashion. While there is some chronological development, readings each week jump across large time spans. For this reason, participating students will benefit from, but are not required to have, some background in Asian history or Asian politics generally.
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