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The Political Economy of East Asia

Students will be provided with an overview of the regional political economy of East Asia. In addition, there will be an examination of the major contemporary trends and challenges that face the people and governments of the region. Special attention will be paid to the rise of the East Asian developmental state and its consequences, the increasing economic importance of China to the region and the extent to which states within East Asia are cooperating to build regional economic institutions. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Topic for Winter 2020, Term 2 -- This course examines East Asia and its integral role in the world political economy empirically and theoretically. The region’s remarkable growth in the post-war era, commonly known as an “economic miracle,” has also been ridden with international geopolitical conflicts, civil wars, and social upheavals. How do politics and economy intertwine in the region? What role does the region play in the world political economy today? How can the experiences of East Asia inform broader theories of development, democracy, and neoliberalism? Lessons of East Asia’s “failures and successes” go beyond the region to illuminate the emergence and transformation of the capitalist world order we live in today.


Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): Graduate Term(s): Offered?: No Language?: No