This reading group will
introduce PhD students to a growing number of models that analyse the
interaction of politics and economics.
At the end of the course,
each student has to prepare a research prospectus of 3-5 pages (maximum) outlining
an idea for an empirical or theoretical research paper. Details will be given
Basic Political Economy Models
Meltzer, Allan H. and Scott F.
Richard (1981) "A Rational Theory of the Size of Government",
Journal of Political Economy 89, 914-28.
Alberto and Rodrik, Dani,
(1994). "Distributive Politics and Economic Growth," The Quarterly
Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 109(2), pages 465-90, May.
and Robinson, J. A. (2001). A theory of political transitions. American
Economic Review, 938-963.
The Political Economy of the State
Acemoglu, D. (2005) "Politics and economics in weak
and strong states." Journal of monetary Economics 52, no. 7: 1199-1226.
Besley, Tim and Persson, Torsten (2009) "The Origins of State Capacity: Property
Rights, Taxation and Politics" American Economic Review, 99(4), 1218-44,
The Political Economy of
Acemoglu, D. (2003)"Why
not a political Coase theorem? Social conflict,
commitment, and politics." Journal of comparative economics 31, no. 4:
Esteban, J., and D. Ray. (2008) "On the salience of
ethnic conflict." The American Economic Review 98, no. 5: 2185-2202.
Besley, Timothy and Torsten Persson (2011) "The Logic of Political
Violence" Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2011. Oxford University Press.
Volume 126 (3), pp. 1411-1445.
Political Economy of South African transition
Bedasso, B. E. (2014)
“Political transition in a small open economy: Retracing the economic
trail of South Africa long walk to democracy”. ERSA Working Paper No.
Bedasso, B. E., and N. Obikili. (2016)"A Dream Deferred: The Microfoundations of Direct Political Action in Pre-and
Post-democratisation South Africa." The Journal of Development Studies
52, no. 1: 130-146.