This reading group will
introduce MPhil and PhD students to a growing literature 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 in classroom
Basic Political Economy Model
and Robinson, J. A. (2001). A theory of political transitions. American
Economic Review, 938-963.
The Political Economy of the State Formation
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),
Besley, T. and Persson, T., 2011. Fragile states and development policy.
Journal of the European Economic Association, 9(3), pp.371-398.
Davide Ticchi, and Andrea
Vindigni. “Emergence and persistence of ine
Journal of the European Economic Association 9.2 (2011): 177-208
D., and Robinson, J. A. (2018). The Emergence of Weak, Despotic and Iclusive States
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: 620-652.
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.