AIS3032 - State and Economy in Asia

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Asian and International Studies
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Equivalent Course(s)
Course Offering Term*:
Semester A 2020/21
Semester A 2021/22 (Tentative)

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This is a survey course of the comparative political economy of East Asia (Northeast and Southeast Asia). Attention is focused on relations between the state, society and the economy in national settings rather than on cross-national forces around the world that are studied in courses on globalisation. But the East Asian region as a whole and the influence of one state’s development on another are considered. Statist interventions in national economies have produced some of the world’s fastest rates of economic growth under authoritarian developmentalist regimes. But the region has also experienced periodic economic crises and regimes plagued by corruption. Several countries in the region have undergone (often incomplete and flawed) processes of democratisation since the mid-1980s. But more recently there has been democratic backsliding with growing authoritarianism in the region as well the consolidation of autocracies. The course begins by examining the origins of the “Asian model” of development and its political implications before turning to China with its economic development and political trajectory placed in a larger regional and historical context.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 100%
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