SEMINAR ON NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT THEORY
|341 D1250 |
The seminar is composed of
three main parts: the
economic (sessions 2-6),
political (sessions 7-11),
and social (sessions 12-16)
theories of national
development. It begins with
an introduction to the
course, and ends with a
conclusion on the future
developments for Taiwan,
Asia and the globe.
The central questions for
the economic part of the
course are: (1) What are the
major economic forces that
drive development? (2) How
do government policies and
economic institutions affect
the development process? (3)
Where do "good" policies and
institutions come from? Our
goal is to understand how
the development process
works and to identify policy
reforms that will make a
The political part of the
course will have two major
goals. Firstly, there will
be a critical examination of
a number of the most
approaches to political and
pertinent to the comparative
analysis of the East Asian
political economy. Secondly,
the course will focus
specifically on East Asian
and Taiwan’s experiences in
development and try to draw
lessons from the East Asian
or the Taiwan model.
The focuses for the social
part of the seminar are to
examine the sociological
critics on existing
development theories and to
provide students with a view
of socio-political bases of
economic activities. Topics
covered include definitions
of development, institutions
and structural changes,
globalization and the
question of locality, global
social justice, as well as
development and social
|Course Topics and Readings (*:required)
Session 1: Introduction: An Overview
Session 2: The Historical Experience of Economic Development: After looking at
the historical record of economic development in contemporary rich countries,
we then ask the question why the Industrial Revolution did not originate in
*Lin, Justin Yify. , “The Needham Puzzle: Why did the Industrial
Revolution not Originate in China?” Economic Development and Cultural Change
*Pritchett, Lant. , Divergence, Big Time, Journal of Economic
Perspectives 11: 3–17.
Session 3: Globalization, Inequality and the Process of Development: We examine
theoretical links between poverty, inequality and globalization. We also review
cross country evidence on trade, growth, and poverty.
*Agenor, Pierre , The Economics of Adjustment and Growth, chapter 10.
*Besley, Timothy and Robin Burgess, , Halving Global Poverty, Journal of
Economic Perspectives, 17: 3-22.
Session 4: Theories of Development: Review of the neoclassical and endogenous
growth models. One of the main reasons why some countries are poor is that they
lack the physical and human capital that are necessary to produce. We also look
at alternative approaches to growth that stress the role of technology,
externalities in human capital formation, financial development and trade. We
review how this has been modelled, what the evidence looks like and what
insight this gives us into the development process.
*Agenor, Pierre , The Economics of Adjustment and Growth, chapters 11-13.
*Makiw, Gregory, David Romer and David Weil, , A Contribution to the
Empirics of Economic Growth, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 107: 407-38.
Session 5: Institutions and Economic Performance: A new wave of research now
sees institutions as key to understanding differences between countries. We
discuss what is meant by an institution and how this may shape the pattern of
development. We look at empirical evidence for the claim that institutions are
*IMF , World Economic Outlook, April, chapter III “Growth and
*Hall, Robert and Charles Jones, , Why Do Some Countries Produce so Much
More Output per Worker than Others? Quarterly Journal of Economics, 114: 83-116.
*Acemoglu, Daron Johnson, Simon; James A. Robinson, , The Colonial
Origins of Comparative Development: An Empirical Investigation, American
Economic Review; 91(5), 1369-1401.
Session 6: Governance: Much stress is now place on good government as a key
element of effective development. We discuss incentives in government. We also
discuss evidence on corruption and its effect on development. We review the
case for greater decentralization of government to improve the quality of
*Acemoglu, Daron and James Robinson, , Economic Backwardness in Political
Perspective, MIT WP.
*Bardhan, Pranab, , Decentralization of Government and Development,
Journal of Economic Perspectives, 16(4), 185-205.
Session 7: Theoretical Approaches of Political Development
*Ronald Chilcote, Theories of Comparative Politics. Chs., 5,6,7,8.
*Lucian Pye, Aspects of Political Development, pp. 1-88.
Session 8: Origins and Development of E. Asian Political Economy
*Frederic Deyo, The Political Economy of the New Asian Industrialization ,
*Gary Gereffi and Donald Wyman, Manufacturing Miracles, Chap.6.
Session 9: The State and E. Asian Development
*Robert Wade, Governing the Market , Chap.4.
*Gary Gereffi and Donald Wyman, Chap.4.
*Frederic Deyo, Chap.3.
Session 10: Authoritarianism and E. Asian Development
*G.A. Almond and G.B. Powell, Comparative Politics: System, Process, and
Policy, Chap. XIII.
*Amos Perlmutter, Modern Authoritarianism (New Haven: Yale U. Press, 1091),
Session 11: Regime Change and Democratic Transition
*Huntington, Political Order in Changing Societies, Chap.1.
*Dankwart Rustow, “Transitions to Democracy: Toward a Dynamic Model,”
Comparative Politics 2, no.3 (1970): 337-363.
Session 12: Various Definitions of Development
*Pieterse, Jan Nederveen (2001) Trends in Development Theory, in J.N. Pieterse,
Development Theory: Deconstructions/ Reconstructions. London: Sage, pp. 1-17
*Pieterse, Jan Nederveen (2001) The Development of Development Theory: Towards
Critical Globalism, in J.N. Pieterse, Development Theory: Deconstructions/
Reconstructions. London: Sage, pp. 34-50 (chapter 3).
Session 13: Institutions and Socio-economic Structural Changes
*劉瑞華譯，Douglass C. North著，1994，〈制度變遷〉，《制度、制度變遷與經濟成
*North, Douglass C. (1993) Institutional Change: A Framework of Analysis. In
Sven-Erik Sjostrand (ed.) Institutional Change: Theory and Empirical Findings,
New York: M.E. Sharpe, pp. 35-46.
Session 14: Globalization and the Question of Locality
*Swyngedouw (1997) Neither Global Nor Local: “Globalization” and the Politics
of Scale. In Bob Jessop (ed.) Development and Extensions, (Regulation Theory
and the Crisis of Capitalism 5), Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA, USA: Edward
Elgar, pp. 196-225.
*Tickell, Adam and Jamie Peck (1995) Social Regulation after Fordism:
Regulation Theory, Neo-liberalism and the Global-Local Nexus. Economy and
Society, 24:3, pp. 357-386.
Session 15: Neo-liberal Globalization and Global Social Justice
*DeMartino, George F. (2000) The Trade Debate. In George F. DeMartino, Global
Economy, Global Justice: Theoretical Objections and Policy Alternatives to
Neoliberalism, London and New York: Routledge, pp. 190-215.
*Boyer, Robert (1996) State and Market: A New Engagement for the Twenty-first
Century?. In Robert Boyer and Daniel Drache (eds.) States Against Markets –
The Limits of Globalization, London and New York: Routledge, pp. 84-114.
Session 16: Development and Social Opportunities
(Development as Freedom)》，台北：先覺出版社，頁139-177。
*Peck, J. (1994) Regulating Labour: The Social Regulation and Reproduction of
Local Labour-Markets. In Ash Amin and Nigel Thrift (eds.), Globalization,
Institutions, and Regional Development in Europe, New York: Oxford University
Session 17: Conclusion: Future Developments for Taiwan, Asia and the Globe
*Kara Tan Bhala, “Patterns of Asian Growth,” Asian Affairs XXIX (Old Series
Vol.85) Part I (Feb. 1998): 39-53.
*Esping-Andersen, Gosta (2002) Towards the Good Society, Once Again? In Gosta
Esping-Andersen, Duncan Gallie, Anton Hemerijck and John Myles (eds.) Why We
Need a New Welfare State. New York: Oxford University Press.
|The students are required to read the assignments and participate in class
discussions. The course grade will be based on the student’s class
participation and one final paper.
||Introduction: An Overview |
||The Historical Experience of Economic Development: |
||Globalization, Inequality and the Process of Development |
||Theories of Development: |
||Institutions and Economic Performance |
||Theoretical Approaches of Political Development |
||Origins and Development of E. Asian Political Economy |
||The State and E. Asian Development |
||Authoritarianism and E. Asian Development |
||Regime Change and Democratic Transition |
||Various Definitions of Development |
||Institutions and Socio-economic Structural Changes |
||Globalization and the Question of Locality |
||Neo-liberal Globalization and Global Social Justice |
||Development and Social Opportunities |
||Conclusion: Future Developments for Taiwan, Asia and the Globe |