Chinese Political Economy

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This graduate seminar offers a broad introduction to the field of political economy in contemporary China. It examines the main theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of Chinese economic reform. After more than three decades of reform, China has become one of the economic powerhouses in the world today. In the course of reforming its economy, China has experienced the fastest economic growth and social transformation in human history. To what extent, however, does China’s development follow the orthodox recipes prescribed by the literature of political economy? What exactly is the source of China’s economic growth for the past three decades? What is the current state of market institutions in China? How do we interpret China’s ascendency economically and politically? To answer the preceding questions from the perspective of political science, the seminar has three main goals: (1) to familiarize students with empirical knowledge related to China’s development; (2) to provide students with theoretical tools to analyze Chinese political economy; and (3) to hone students’ analytical skills and improve their writing and presentation skills.

Introduction to Comparative Political Economy

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What is political economy? What are subjects of concern in the field of political economy? What are the approaches to the study of comparative political economy? What, if anything, does political economy have to do with our daily life? This course will introduce the intellectual history of political economy and survey contending approaches to the study of political economy. The aim of this course is to acquaint students with the theoretical tools to analyze debates related to contemporary global economy.

Introduction to China Studies

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