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Winter 2000


Course syllabus for ECON 533 Economic Development of Latin America

Course description: This course examines the political and economic challenges facing Latin America as it approaches the 21st century. It focuses on liberal economic reform vis-a-vis stabilization and structural adjustment programs. The contradictions created by the competing socio-political groups and the role of the state will be central part of the analysis as well as democratization and the formation of market economies. This course addresses these central dilemmas in two parts. First we will assess the various theoretical approaches that have dominated the study of political economy in general and Latin America in particular. We then will draw on these approaches to examine the origins, consequences, and possible solutions to the region's political-economic dilemmas.