Course-Unit Outline Form POLITICAL ECONOMY OF HEALTH, DEVELOPMENT AND WELFARE (PEHDW) Situating the transition from Communism within the broader context of globalisation and economic growth and development, this course examines the nature of and explanations for diverging patterns of socio-economic performance across the post-communist world. After a brief survey of the empirics of global development, we ask what is actually meant by the term ‘development’ and consider whether it is a useful framework for thinking about the post-communist ‘transition’. In the second part of the course, we survey and cull lessons from the most relevant theoretical literature, drawing (in a non-technical way) on the most contemporary theories of economic growth as well as on theories of political economy. Thus, having equipped ourselves with a conceptual and theoretical framework for understanding development we spend the third and longest section of the course, addressing observed empirical regularities. In particular, and with specific emphasis on the post-communist world: we ask, why are some countries rich while others seem destined to remain poor?; we examine the nature and nuances of the global distribution of income and of poverty; we investigate key global health trends and identify the core health challenges facing the world; and we then ask whether the richest, healthiest, most equal, societies are also the most content societies. In addressing these empirical questions we refer back to our political economy models of ‘development’ and find the recurrent theme to be that of ‘institutions’. We therefore finish by considering the role of the prevailing political structures and institutions in explaining health, development and welfare outcomes. The course draws on the most contemporary political economy literature and thus allows for an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the nature of economic development. Key terms political economy; economic development and transition; welfare; health; mortality; vulnerability; poverty; inequality; democracy; political reform; institutions. There is no single core text for this course. It is expected that a range of classic and contemporary sources will be consulted, among which are those listed below. For each section of the course there will be extensive reading lists provided, as well as access from the course website to a number of famous lectures on economic development. Weingast, B. & Wittman, D.A. (eds) (2008) The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy. OUP Caporaso, J. A and Levine, D.P (2006) Theories of Political Economy. Cambridge. Snowdon, Brian (2007) Globalisation, Development and Transition: Conversations with Eminent Economists. Edward Elgar. Knack, S. (2003) Democracy, Governance and Growth. Michigan. Sen, Amartya. (1999) Development as Freedom. Oxford Sachs, Jeffrey (2005) The end of poverty: How we can make it happen in our lifetime. Penguin Meier, Gerald. M and Stiglitz, Joseph. E (2001) Frontiers of Development Economics: The Future in Perspective. Oxford Kapstein, Ethan and Milanovic, Branko (2003) Income and Influence: Social Policy in Emerging Market Economies (pb) Milanovic, Branko. (2005) Worlds Apart: Measuring International and Global Inequality. Princeton Stern, Nicholas., Dethier, Jean-Jaques. and Rogers, Halsey (2005) Growth and Empowerment: Making Development Happen (The Munich Lectures) Todaro, MP. and Smith, SC. (2003) Economic Development. (8th Edition). Firebaugh, Glenn. (2003) The New Geography of Global Income Inequality. Harvard Course-Unit Outline Form Title: Political Economy of Health, Development and Welfare (PEHDW) Course code: SEESGS38 Course-unit value: 20 credits – 8 ECTS Availability: Autumn Open to: Students on: IMESS, MRes, or Social Science related MA programmes. Course leader: Dr. Christopher J Gerry Aims: 1. To understand concepts and measurements of economic development and how they relate in particular to health and welfare. 2. To understand political economy linkages, in particular between economic and political processes, in the context of globalisation. 3. To recognise important conceptual dimensions of economic welfare ranging from health and demographics to poverty, migration, human capital and inequality. 4. To draw policy conclusions based on an understanding of the interrelationship between traditional economic theory and country specific institutions in the global economy. 5. To root contemporary analysis within the discourse of the most contemporary political economy literature. Objectives: By the end of the course, students will have developed: 1. A clearer understanding of global ‘development’ issues. 2. Knowledge of policies and their appropriateness for combating characteristics of underdevelopment in the post-Communist world. 3. Skills of working critically with academic literature and quantitative information. 4. Capacity to place the process of economic transition in the context of globalisation 5. Skills to present their work in a well organised and engaging way through use of essay, oral presentation, online presentation and workshops 6. Competence in independent research on selected topics 7. Knowledge of economic and social development in a comparative perspective. Teaching & Learning Methods: Number of Hours: Lectures/Seminars 20 hours Private Study 180 hours The course is taught through a combination of lectures and seminars supplemented with an online provision. Coursework and Assessment: Coursework, 50%; Exam, 50%. The course is assessed through 50% exam and 50% coursework. The exam will be a two-hour unseen exam during the summer term in which students will be asked to write 2 essays from a choice of 5. The coursework will take the form of one 2,500 word project assignment due at the start of term 2. In addition there will be a compulsory, but non-assessed, piece of written work, linked to a presentation and submitted during term 1.