GE3207 - Comparing Capitalisms in East Asia and the West

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public and International Affairs
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
GE Area
Area 2: Study of Societies, Social and Business Organizations
Equivalent Course(s)
Course Offering Term*:
Semester B 2022/23

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

This course introduces students to the comparative capitalism (CC) literature that helps to answer questions about the distribution of wealth and power as well as industrial specialization across advanced economies. The first half of the course will examine how different organizational arrangements for finance, labour representation, workforce training, business cooperation and state structures have led to distinctly different outcomes in North America and Europe. The second half of the course will examine the political economies of Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan using the CC analytic lens. By comparing East and West, this course hopes to re-examine CC assumptions about the roles politics and institutions play shape industrial specialization, political power and economic equality, and their durability over time. Placing wealthy East Asia in comparative context will also shed light on the differences and similarities among East Asian economies and with the various types of capitalism in the West.

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Continuous Assessment: 100%
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