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NS4540 Political Economy of Latin America

Course Outline/Methodology

Course Materials

Supplemental Texts

Reference Works

Country Data

READING ASSIGNMENTS: Winter Term 2017

January 9/11

Introduction to the Economies of Latin America and the Caribbean

Most Important Readings

Current Events for Discussion

Other Readings

January 18/19

Historical Long-Run Models of Growth

Most Important Readings

Other Readings -- Recent Applications of Main Concepts

Current Events for Discussion

January 23

Development Concepts/Measures

Most Important Readings

Other Readings

Various Measures of Progress/Well-Being

Current Events for Discussion

Indexes to look over

January 25/30

Theories of Development

Current Events for Class Discussion -- Two articles that may have a number of implications for Latin America

Most Important Readings

Other Readings

February 1/6/8

Key Latin American Issues

For Discussion

Most Important Readings

Governance

Defense Expenditures in Latin America

China in Latin America

Other Readings

February 13/15

Current Events for Discussion

Mexico and the Caribbean

Latin America Overview

Mexico

Other Readings

Cuba

Puerto Rico

Dominican Republic/Haiti

Suriname Approaches IMF for Possible Financial Aid, Carobbean 360, January 31, 2016

  • Robert Looney, Is Jamaica Poised for a Turn-Around? Foreign Policy, February 12, 2014

  • Robert Looney "Why IMF-Driven Economic Reforms Paid Off for Jamaica This Time," World Politics Review, December 7, 2016 Update to the Jamaica Tuirn-Around paper (In Saiai in the World Politics Review tab)

    Other Readings

    February 22/27

    Central America

    Current Events for discussion

    Most Important Readings

    Other Readings

    South America -- Atlantic (March 1, 6, 8)

    Current Events for discussion

    Suriname/Guyana

    Venezuela

    Brazil

    Argentina

    Other Readings

    March 7

    South America -- Interior

    Most Important Readings

    March 9/14

    South America -- Pacific

    Chile

    Peru

    Ecuador

    Colombia

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