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This course provides a critical introduction to global political economy, focusing on how power relations impact on development processes and development possibilities across the North-South axis of the world-system. Towards this end, the course offers an overview of the development of the world-system from the nineteenth century to the present, with a particular concentration on the analysis of inequality and unevenness across geographical space and historical time. The course investigates how relations between states and markets have changed across time in the global North and the global South, and how these changes relate to different policy regimes and development interventions at both national and transnational scales.
The course also discusses how social power structures based on class, race, and gender shape national and global patterns of development. Development interventions will be critically evaluated in terms of their impact on growth, poverty, and inequality. The role of the state in development processes, work and labour markets, and finance and financial markets are key topics in the course/subject. The mapping of regional developmental specificities is also a central dimension of the course.
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