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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18

GOVT 84.33 Political Economy of the Middle East

In 2011, the Middle East was convulsed by revolutions. Some, like Syria, are still raging; others, as in Egypt, appear to be in remission.  Yet other states, particularly most monarchies, seem to have proved immune. This course will help students understand why these revolutions erupted, why they did so in 2011, and why some states were transformed and others were not.  We will rely on a political economy approach to these complex questions, exploring the interactions of the state, economy, society and ideology — especially political Islam — that led to the upheavals of 2011 and have shaped the fate of countries since then.  Along the way, the course will cover the relationship between economic growth and social outcomes; the governance of Middle Eastern states from the aftermath of colonial rule to the present; the powerful role of demographics in shaping both politics and economics; issues of human capital and food security; the role of gas and oil in regional politics and economics; models of development that have been embraced by regional states or imposed upon them, from state-led growth to the Washington Consensus; uneven patterns of intra-regional trade; the structure of civil society and the dynamics of popular mobilization; and of course the profound effects of war. 

Distributive and/or World Culture

Dist:SOC; WCult:NW

The Timetable of Class Meetings contains the most up-to-date information about a course. It includes not only the meeting time and instructor, but also its official distributive and/or world culture designation. This information supersedes any information you may see elsewhere, to include what may appear in this ORC/Catalog or on a department/program website. Note that course attributes may change term to term therefore those in effect are those (only) during the term in which you enroll in the course.


Not offered in AY 2017-2018. May be offered in AY 2018-2019.