POLS 3510-01

POLS 3510-01
Spring Semester 2014
Dr. Nadia Farah
Class hours: WU 3:30-4:45
Office: HUSS 2012
Class Room HUSS C130
Email: [email protected]
The aim of this course is to acquaint the student with the problems faced
by three quarters of humanity who live in “Third World Countries” and
the possible solutions to the problems of poverty and inequality. The term
Third World might be dubious after the collapse of the so-called second
world (the socialist bloc). However, the literature has retained the label.
Third World countries have opted since the mid-seventies to get
integrated in the Global economic system. Many have implemented the
IMF and World Bank prescription of structural adjustment policies
(SAPs) that relies on an export oriented strategy and the curtailing of the
role of government in the economy. SAPs resulted in increased income
inequalities, high unemployment rates, Increased poverty levels and
spiraling foreign debt.
In this course we will investigate the characteristics of developing
nations, theories of development, problems and policies such as growth,
poverty and income distribution, population growth and economic
development, unemployment, urbanization and rural-urban migration,
education and development and rural development. We will also
investigate the international problems and policies such as the role of
foreign trade, the debate about the role of trade and third world debt and
stabilization policies. Finally we will investigate the critical issues for the
21st century in terms of globalization, economic transition and
international economic reform.
Michael P. Todaro: Economic development. New York: Addison –
Wesley, 7th edition, 2000.
Course Requirement
Two Assignments
Mid-Term Exam
Final Exam (Comprehensive)
Class Policies
1. No one is to enter the classroom after the instructor
2. Cell phones are to be switched off
3. No taping of lectures
4. Cheating during written exams is heavily penalized. A student caught
cheating will earn an F for the Whole course and will be referred to
AUC Academic Integrity Committee.
5. Students are required to submit two written assignments (not less than
5 pages each). Plagiarism is a serious academic offense. To avoid the
suspicion of plagiarism, the instructor may ask students to present the
rough work used in preparation and submit to an oral exam. If
evidence of plagiarism is found, the student will automatically earn an
F grade for the whole course and he/she will be referred to AUC
Academic Integrity Committee.
6. Late assignments will be penalized by a subtraction of 2% of the
grade for each day of the first week. No assignments will be accepted
after the first week of determined date for submission and the student
will earn an F grade on the assignment.
7. 10% of the grade of every written assignment will be based on
“Adequacy of English Usage.” This policy will not apply to
graduating seniors in the Spring and Fall semester of 2004.
Growth, Poverty & Income
- Bob Sutcliffe: "A More or Less Unequal World?" PERI, Working Papers Series,No.54, 2003
- Surjit S. Bhall: "Poor Results and Poorer Policy: A Comparative Analysis of Estimates of
Global Inequality and Poverty," Paper prepared for the CESifo conference on Globalization,
Inequality and Well-Being Munich, Germany, Nov. 8-9, 2002.
Arne Bigsten and Jörgen Levin: "Growth, Income Distribution, and Poverty: A Review,"
Working Paper in Economics No 32, November 2000-11-03, Department of Economics,
Göteborg University
Hulya Dagdeviran, Rolph Van der Hoeven & Prof John Weeks: "Redistribution and Growth
for Poverty Reduction," Working paper series No. 118, July 2001
Rushidan Islam Rahman: "Consequences of Structural Adjustment Policies on the Poor,"
December 2000
Belkacem Laabas and Imed Limam: "Impact of Public Policies on Poverty, Income
Distribution and Growth," Arab Planning Institute, Kuwait, March 2004
Population Growth and Development
- Seth W. Norton: "Population Growth, Economic Freedom, and the Rule of Law,"
- UNFPA: "Urban Population, Poverty and Sustainable Development: Emerging Issues for
UNFPA," Prepared by CIESIN, Columbia University, 31 August 2005
- David Byrne and Eric Strobl: "Defining Unemployment in Developing Countries," Centre for
Research in Economic Development and International Trade, University of Nottingham:
Credit Research Papers, No. 01/09, May 2001
- Fatma ElHamidi & Jacqueline Wahba: "The Effects of Structural Adjustment on Youth
Unemployment in Egypt," paper presented at the 12 th ERF conference, 19-21December 2005,
Cairo, Egypt
- Mathan Satchi & Jonathan Temple: "Growth and labour markets in developing countries,"
Department of Economics, University of Bristol: Discussion Paper No. 06/581, January 2006
- Robert J. Barro1 " Education and Economic Growth,"
- Thorvaldur Gylfason and Gylfi Zoega: "Education, Social Equality and Economic Growth: A
View of the Landscape, " June 2001
- Gustav Ranis: "Human Development & Economic Growth," Economic Growth Center, Yale
University: Center Discussion Paper, No. 887, May 2004
- Brian G. Dahlin: "The Impact of Education on Economic Growth: Theory, Findings and
Policy Implications,"
- Nelly P. Stromquist: "Inequality as A Way of Life: Education and Social Class in Latin
America," Pedagogy, Culture and Society, Vol.12, No.1, 2004.
- James Heintz: "The New of Unequal exchange," PERI: Working Papers Series, No.59, September
- Ha Joo Chang: " Kicking Away the Ladder: The Real History of Free Trade," FPIF Special Report,
December 2003
- Francisco Rodríguez and Dani Rodrik: "Trade Policy and Economic Growth," May 2000
- Carmen D. Álvarez-Albelo, et al: "The International Trade as the Sole Engine of Growth for an
Trade Policy Debates
- Hakan Yilmazkuday: " Export Promotion vs Import Substitution,"
- Prema-Chandra Athukorala & Jayant Menon: "Export-Led Industrialization, Employment and
- Diego Puga et al: " Agglomeration and Economic Development: Import Substitution vs Trade
Liberalization," CENTRE for ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE, Discussion Paper No. 377,
November 1997
- Maurice Schiff: " Regional Integration and Development in Small States," Development
Research Group, World Bank
Foreign Debt
- Bernhard G. Gunter: "Achieving Long-Term Debt Sustainability in All Heavily Indebted Poor
Countries," Discussion Paper prepared for the Intergovernmental Group of 24 (G-24) XVI Technical
Group Meeting in Trinidad and Tobago
February 13-14, 2003
- Abdur R. Chowdhury: " Foreign Debt and Growth in Developing Countries,"
- Fatma Dogruel & A. Suut Groguel: "Foreign Debt Dynamics in Middle Income Countries," MEEA
Annual Meeting, January 4-7, 2007
- Global Development Finance: "Private Debt Finance for Developing Countries," GDF Report
Foreign Investment & Aid
- John Weeks: "Exports, Foreign Investments and Growth in Latin America," Department of
Economics, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, Working paper series No. 117,
July 2001
- Laura Alfaro: "Foreign Direct Investment and Growth," Harvard Business School, April 2003
- Signe Krogstrup & Linda Matar: "Foreign Direct Investment, Absorptive Capacity and
Growth in the Arab World," HEI Working Paper No: 02/2005
- Carlos Oya: "Political Economy of Development Aid," Paper presented at the conference of
International Forum on Comparative Political Economy of Globalization, 1-3 September
2006, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China.
Role of the State
- Robert H. Bates: "The Role of the State in Development,"
- August Walker: "The Role of the State in Economic Development in Developing Nations," A
Capstone Paper, Mason University, July 2002
- David Kotz: "The Role of the State in Economic Transformation: Comparing the Transition
Experiences of Russia and China," Department of Economics and Political Economy Research
Institute Thompson Hall University of Massachusetts, October 2004
- Jørgen Dige Pedersen: "Economic globalization and the fate of the developmental state: India
and Brazil in the 1990s," Paper prepared for the XIII NOPSA Conference, Aalborg, August
15-17, 2002
Globalization & Neoliberalism
- Ricardo J. Gómez: "Globalized Neoliberalism: Refutation and Debacle,"
- Kurt Weyland: "Neopopulism in Latin America: Conceptual and Theoretical Issues," Paper
presented at the XXIV International Congress, Latin American Studies Association, Dallas,
TX, 27-29 March 2003
- James Crotty: Structural Contradictions of the Global Neoliberal Regime," PERI, 2000
- Minqi Li & Andong Zhu: "Neoliberalism, Global Imbalances and the Stages of Capitalist
Development, PERI, Working Papers Series, No. 110, August 2005