POL 387: POLITICAL ECONOMY OF EAST ASIA
The University of Mississippi
Fall 2020, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00-9:15, Remote via Blackboard and Zoom
Instructor: Dr. Gang Guo * e-mail: gg at olemiss dot edu * Office hours: by appointment
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This course is an introduction to the political economy of East Asia.
In the past decades the economies of East Asia (broadly defined to include also Southeast Asia) have generally performed well compared with the rest of the world.
Political scientists and economists, among others, have offered various and often opposing explanations for East Asia's high growth.
A large part of the debate centers on the role of the state in the economic development of East Asia.
Therefore, starting with an overview of the performance of East Asian economies, this course shall examine the development strategies and policies of the major economies in the region, and conflicting theoretical arguments and/or empirical evidence will be discussed and analyzed.
After completing this course, students are expected
- to be familiar with the intellectual debates surrounding the economic "miracle" and financial crisis in Pacific Asia over the past few decades;
- to gain a better understanding of the different and evolving economic roles played by the state in various Asian countries during the postwar era;
- and to be able to apply the concepts and theories to the study of political economy in Pacific Asia and beyond.
This course has a heavy reading load and links to the readings are posted and updated on this web page throughout the semester, so students should visit the course web site regularly.
It is essential for students to read (often critically) the required materials before class and attend all class sessions.
Class participation accounts for 10% of the course grade.
Each student is also required to make two brief in-class presentations of about 5-10 minutes in length on a recent news on East Asia.
A sign-up wiki page is on Blackboard and each student will choose two dates to present that are at least a month apart. The presentation schedule will be posted on this webpage for your reference.
In reporting the news, the presenter should synthesize news stories from at least two major mass media outlets. For the preparation of the presentation, there are many English-language websites that cover news on East Asia, some of which are linked from the online resources section on this web page.
The PowerPoint (or PDF) file for your presentation should include at least one page on the main news story, at least one page on some background information to help the audience understand the news story better, and at least one page of sources and/or references.
The PowerPoint (or PDF) file for your presentation should be uploaded on Blackboard before the class in which you present.
After each presentation there will be a short period of time in which the presenter responds to questions or comments from the audience.
The presentations account for 15% of the course grade and will be evaluated using the following rubric:
- The news story is timely, important, and interesting;
- is coherent and well-focused;
- is presented in a logical sequence that audience can follow;
- provides some background information to help audience understand;
- uses a variety of sources from different perspectives;
- demonstrates good knowledge, research, and preparation;
- All fonts are large enough to be read at a distance;
- Good contrast between fonts and background on all slides;
- Images are relevant and help audience understand the content;
- Slide layout is visually clear and balanced;
- Slides contains no typographical or grammatical errors;
- Information on the sources and/or references is accurate and complete;
- The sources and/or references are properly formatted;
- All audience can hear the presentation clearly;
- maintains eye contact with audience;
- uses proper body language to help the presentation;
- answers questions skillfully;
There will be two (2) writing assignments for this course, one in each half of the semester.
Each paper accounts for 10% of the course grade.
The midterm exam on Thursday, October 1st accounts for 25% of the course grade.
The final exam will start at 8:00 in the morning on Thursday, November 19th, according to the Registrar's Office.
It accounts for 30% of the course grade.
Disability Access and Inclusion:
The University of Mississippi is committed to the creation of inclusive learning environments for all students. If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your full inclusion and participation, or to accurate assessment of your achievement, please contact the course instructor as soon as possible. Barriers may include, but are not necessarily limited to, timed exams and in-class assignments, difficulty with the acquisition of lecture content, inaccessible web content, and the use of non-captioned or non-transcribed video and audio files. If you are approved through SDS, you must log in to your Rebel Access portal at https://sds.olemiss.edu to request approved accommodations. If you are NOT approved through SDS, you must contact Student Disability Services at 662-915-7128 so the office can: 1. determine your eligibility for accommodations, 2. disseminate to your instructors a Faculty Notification Letter, 3. facilitate the removal of barriers, and 4. ensure you have equal access to the same opportunities for success that are available to all students.
Part I: Introduction and Overview
- Tuesday, August 25th: Introduction
- Thursday, August 27th: Issues and Concepts
- Hall, Peter A. 2013. "Commentary: Brother, Can You Paradigm?" Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions, Volume 26, Issue 2, April, Pages 189-192.
- World Development Report 2002, Chapter 5: Political Institutions and Governance, pages 97-116.
- Tuesday, September 1st: Asian Century: An East Asia Perspective
- Thursday, September 3rd: Developmental State
- Tuesday, September 8th: Asian Financial Crisis: The End of the Asian Miracle
- Thursday, September 10th: East Asian Development Model Reconsidered
- Tuesday, September 15th: No class meeting. First paper due at 11:59pm on Blackboard.
Part II: Political Economy of East Asia Countries
- Thursday, September 17th: Japan in the 1960s
- Tuesday, September 22nd: Japan in the 1990s
- Thursday, September 24th: Political and Economic Transformation
- Tuesday, September 29th: South Korean Economic Development
- Thursday, October 1st: Midterm Exam
- Tuesday, October 6th: Sources of the South Korean Economic Crisis
- Thursday, October 8th: China's Economic Reform - an Overview
- Naughton, Barry. 2007. Introduction, in The Chinese Economy: Transitions and Growth, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
- Tuesday, October 13th: Current Political Economy Regime in China's Mainland
- Thursday, October 15th: Comparing China and India
- Tuesday, October 20th: Comparing Mainland China and Taiwan
- Thursday, October 22nd: Comparing China and US
- Tuesday, October 27th: Comparing Taiwan and South Korea
- Thursday, October 29th: Comparing Hong Kong and Singapore
Part III: East Asia and Globalization