Course Details

01:790:357 Comparative Political Economy

  • Academic Credits: 3
  • Focus area for the major: Foreign and International Politics
  • Course for Minor: Government and Business
  • Sample Syllabus File
  • Syllabus Disclaimer: The information on this syllabus is subject to change. For up-to-date course information, please refer to the syllabus on your course site (Sakai, Canvas, etc.) on the first day of class.

Course Description:

This course provides an introduction to the main theories of comparative political economy (CPE) and their explanations of variation of economic policies and outcomes. The survey of these theories is organized as a progression from micro- to macro-level explanations. We begin by examining the sources of political cleavages over various economic policies and the formation of political coalitions. Next, we explore a range of theories positing that differences in the organization of interest groups lead to systematic differences in economic outcomes. We examine how comparative political economists have studied the problem of ‘state capture’ by interest groups and its economic and political consequences. In the last part of the course, we apply these theories to a variety of issues, including financial development, taxation, the development of social welfare, and the political management of unemployment.