DV446 Half Unit
Technical Change, Paradigm Shifts and Global Development
This information is for the 2015/16 session.
This course is available on the MSc in African Development, MSc in Development Management and MSc in Development Studies. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
This is an interdisciplinary course aimed at understanding how technical change modifies the windows of opportunity for growth and development, as well as how technology and institutions influence each other. The course will be structured in three parts. Part One: Theory of Technical Change and Paradigm Shifts will provide a set of tools for analysing technology from a social science perspective, connecting neo-Schumpeterian theories of technology and innovation with theories of development. Part Two: Technical Change and Development Opportunities will use that framework to explain why development opportunities are a moving target and why what may have been impossible in a particular period can become possible in another, thus requiring an evolutionary perspective of development strategies. Part Three: Technology, Paradigm Shifts, Social Institutions and Development Policies will examine the way in which social forces, movements and policies shape and are shaped by technology and the social innovation potential it provides.
15 hours of lectures and 20 hours of seminars in the LT.
Note: part of the teaching and the seminar guidance will be performed by guest professors, Mary Kaldor and Robin Murray
Reading three or four papers for each lecture and submitting comments as requested in each case. Participating in the exercises and debates proposed in the seminars. Searching for examples in the media of the issues being discussed. Participating in the discussion of their colleagues’ exam presentations. Writing an essay during the Lent Term in order to receive comments with a view to improving the final essays. Giving presentations on chosen topics in the seminar sessions and participating in the discussion of colleagues' presentations. While the assessed element of the course is minimal compared to many at LSE, this is a intensive and immersive class, and a high level of engagement and participation is expected of students who take a place.
Dosi, Giovanni, Chris Freeman, Richard Nelson, Gerald Silverberg and Luc Soete (eds) (1988), (chosen chapters) Technical Change and Economic Theory, London and New York: Pinter and Columbia University Press.
Geels, F.W., 2012, 'A socio-technical analysis of low-carbon transitions: Introducing the multi-level perspective into transport studies', Journal of Transport Geography, 24, 471-482.
Lundvall, B.-Å., Johnson, B., Andersen, E.S., and B. Dalum (2002), 'National systems of production, innovation and competence building', Research Policy, 31, 213-231.
Perez C.( 2010) "Technological revolutions and techno-economic paradigms", Cambridge Journal of Economics, Vol. 34, No.1, pp. 185-202.
Perez, C. (2000) "The lessons we have learned about technology and development", presentation at the High-Level Round Table, UNCTAD X, Bangkok, February 12, http://www.carlotaperez.org/downloads/media/UnctadXCPerezlessonsabouttechnologyanddev.pdf
Zuboff. S (2010) “Creating Value in the Age of Distributed Capitalism” McKinsey Quarterly, September
Ernst, D., (2002). 'Global production networks and the changing geography of innovation systems: implications for developing countries', Economics of Innovation and New Technologies, 11 (6), 497-523.
Perez, C. (2010) "Technological dynamism and social inclusion in Latin America: a resource-based production development strategy" in CEPAL Review No. 100, pp. 121-141.
Freeman, C. (1992) ‘A Green Techno-Economic Paradigm for the World Economy’, Ch. 10 pp. 190-211 in The Economics of Hope, London: Pinter
Mathews, J. (2011) "Naturalizing capitalism: The next Great Transformation". Futures, No. 43 pp. 868-879
Perez, C. (2013) "Unleashing a golden age after the financial collapse: Drawing lessons from history", Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. Vol. 6, pp. 9-23.
Perez, C., and Soete, L. (1988) "Catching up in technology: entry barriers and windows of opportunity, in Dosi et al. (eds) Chapter 21, pp. 458-479.
Kaldor M (2011) ‘War and Economic Crisis’ in Craig Calhoun and Georgi Derluguian (eds), The Deepening Crisis: Governance Challenges after Neoliberalism, SSRC and New York University Press
Murray, R., Caulier-Grice,J. and Mulgan, G. (2010) The Open Book of Social Innovation, Nesta.
Murray, R. (2012) “Global Civil Society and the Rise of the Civil Economy” in Helmut Anheier, Marlies Glasius, and Mary Kaldor (eds) Global Civil Society 2012, Palgrave MacMillan
Rodrik, D. (2004) “Industrial Policy for the Twenty-first Century”, CEPR Discussion Paper 4767, London: CEPR.
Smith, A., Fressoli,M and Thomas, H. “Grassroots innovation movements: challenges and contributions” Journal of Cleaner Production 63 (2014) pp 114-124.
Essay (50%, 2500 words) and presentation (50%) in the ST.
Student performance results
|Classification||% of students|
Department: International Development
Total students 2014/15: 16
Average class size 2014/15: 16
Controlled access 2014/15: Yes
Lecture capture used 2014/15: Yes (LT)
Value: Half Unit
Course survey results
(2013/14 combined)1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score
The scores below are average responses.
Response rate: 71.4%
Reading list (Q2.1)
Course satisfied (Q2.4)