Not available in 2020/21
Political Economy of the Developing World

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Steffen Hertog


This course is available on the BSc in Government, BSc in Government and Economics, BSc in Government and History, BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, BSc in Politics, BSc in Politics and Economics, BSc in Politics and History, BSc in Politics and International Relations and BSc in Politics and Philosophy. This course is not available as an outside option nor to General Course students.

This course is capped at one group. Deadline for enrolments is 12:00 noon on Friday 4 October 2019.


Students must have completed Introduction to Political Science (GV101).

Course content

This course introduces students to the broad theoretical traditions in the study of political economies outside of the OECD world, and provides an empirical overview of a number of concrete phenomena that shape the interplay of the politics and economics in different world regions. It will address puzzles like: Why did some developing countries grow much faster than others after WWII? Are some forms of corruption more compatible with development than others? Which impact do natural resource rents have on politics and development? Under which conditions can countries with a short history of independent statehood build efficient institutions?

GV366 will engage with broad theoretical traditions like modernization theory, dependency theory, and neo-patrimonialism, and with concrete empirical topics like state-business relations, the developmental state, corruption and clientelism, the politics of public enterprise, and the political economy of resource-rich countries.


15 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT. 15 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of classes in the ST.

Formative coursework

One essay of 3,500 words to be submitted in the LT.

Indicative reading

Bardhan, Pradeep (1997). "Corruption and Development", Journal of Economic Literature, Vol. 35.

Evans, Peter (1995). Embedded Autonomy: States and industrial transformation (Princeton: Princeton University Press).

Richards, Alan, and John Waterbury (2007). A Political Economy of the Middle East (Boulder: Westview Press).

Ross, Michael (2012). The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations (Princeton: Princeton University Press)

Schneider, Ben Ross, and Sylvia Maxfield (eds.) 1997. State-Business Relations in Developing Countries (Ithaca: Cornell University Press).

Wade, Robert (2003). Governing the Market: Economic Theory and the Role of Government in East Asian Industrialization (Princeton: Princeton University Press).

Waterbury, John (1993). Exposed to Innumerable Delusions: Public Enterprise and State Power in Egypt, India, Mexico, and Turkey (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).


Exam (35%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Essay (15%), essay (35%) and class participation (15%).

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2019/20: 17

Average class size 2019/20: 17

Capped 2019/20: Yes (15)

Value: One Unit

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