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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Fall 2008

GOV 390L • Political Economy of Mid East

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39715 W
7:00 PM-10:00 PM
BAT 1.104
Henry, C

Course Description

Are the MENA states as presently configured are capable of implementing innovative and rewarding development strategies? How are they being integrated into the global economy, and with what political as well as economic consequences? This seminar will survey theories and practices of economic development in the Middle East and North Africa, responding to the challenges of globalization. The evolving guidelines of the "Washington Consensus" shared by the United States, the European Community, and international financial institutions, will be analyzed in light of the region's political and economic realities and contrasted with other approaches to development articulated by regional and international actors. Special attention will be paid to the evolution of financial systems in the region. You will acquire detailed understandings of at least two regimes and their respective approaches to economic development in light of their regional and international positions and domestic political strategies.

Three oral presentations in class, no more than ten minutes long, accompanied by a class handout of no more than one single-spaced page and/or spreadsheet. The presentation may be a critical summary of a recommended collection of articles or book, or an analysis of economic data to be downloaded from our seminar's home page. In addition you are to prepare a 20-25 pp. research paper, focused on some theme

Grading Policy

Oral presentations with one-page handouts: 10% each. Paper: 20% first draft plus 40% final draft Quality (not quantity!) of discussion in class or via internet: 10% - to include notes on core readings each week and questions to be raised in seminar.


*Abel's Course Packet (715 23rd St - University Towers parking - come with your syllabus and student ID) *Henry and Springborg, Globalization and the politics of development in the Middle East (Cambridge UP, 2001). Michael B. Hudson, ed., Middle East Dilemma: the Politics and Economics of Arab Integration (Columbia UP, 1999). *Richards and J. Waterbury, Political Economy of the Middle East , 3rd ed. (Westview, 2008) Melanie Claire Cammett, Globalization and Business Politics in Arab North Africa (Cambridge UP, 2007) Plus others TBA


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