This optional module aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary political economy and development debates regarding the advantages, shortcomings and constraints of neoliberal and market oriented reforms. It will provide students with an in-depth knowledge of theoretical traditions and conceptual foundations for examining the processes and policy outcomes leading to the adoption of economics reforms. This module will provide students with a critical understanding of what constitutes “successful” market oriented reforms from the perspective of political dynamics, institution building, and the evaluation of some social and economic outcomes. Students will be provided with a systematic understanding of the politics of market reforms in different policy areas, including fiscal policies, trade, industrial, health, social protection, etc. It will also expose students to a range of country cases and historical experiences where most ambitious market oriented reforms have taken place, drawing on experiences from East Asia, Latin America and the Sub-Saharan Africa.
*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
Taught by: Peter Kingstone
Taught in: Semester 2
Module assessment - more information
1 x 4,000 Word Essay (90%); and 1 x Presentation (10%)