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Date Created: 09/04/15
Political Science 259 The Political Economy of PostCommunist Reform Professor Daniel Treisman Fall 2006 Department of Political Science Tues 100350 3365 Bunche Hall 3288 Bunche 310 9683274 treismanpolisciuclaedu Of ce Hours Tues 1011 am I ABOUT THE SEMINAR The seminar reviews major debates and ongoing research in the political economy of economic and political reform The main focus is on the post communist countries of Europe and the former Soviet Union but there will also be some discussion of China and some topics may even be relevant to Latin America The goal is to review the state of knowledge on this subject and think about how one might design research to answer remaining questions The emphasis is on relating empirical accounts to theories and concepts from political economy and comparative politics The seminar will be oriented around student discussion II READINGS Many of the required readings are available online either via J STOR or via other online databases of the UCLA library I will make available a complete set of the other readings for each week as discussed in class Students with little background on the structure and operation of communist political and economic systems may wish to consult additional readings such as Janos Komai s The Socialist System Princeton University Press 1992 III REQUIREMENTS Attendance and preparation are required Participation in the discussion throughout the course will count for 25 percent of the course grade Each student will write ve twopage doublespaced commentaries on the readings for ve of the nine weeks from week 2 to week 10 Commentaries should evaluate the readings critically perhaps focusing on themes or questions that arise in at least two of the assigned articles They may note points of agreement or disagreement and suggest what evidence or additional research might resolve the disagreements These commentaries are due each week by 5 pm at my of ce on the Monday before the course meets Late commentaries will not be accepted These will count for 50 percent of the course grade Each student will make at least one brief no more than 10 minute presentation during class sometime in weeks 39 Each presenter will serve as discussant for one article from that week s readings to be arranged in advance from among those readings marked D below The model is that of a discussant on a conference panel Each presenter should rst brie y summan39ze the questions addressed methods and conclusions of the relevant paper and then evaluate the paper critically and suggest questions for further research These presentations will count for 25 percent of the course grade IV COURSE MEETINGS JSTOR available online via JSTOR httpwwwjstororg D reading may be chosen for discussant s presentation 1 Introduction Oct 3 2 Political strategy of economic reform theory and evidence October 10 Jan Svenar Transition Economies Performance and Challenges Journal of Economic Perspectives Winter 2002 16 1 JSTOR Gerard Roland The Political Economy of Transition Journal of Econom ic Perspectives Winter 2002 16 1 JSTOR Dani Rodrik Understanding Economic Policy Reform Journal of Economic Literature March 1996 pp9 4l JSTOR Peter Murrell Evolution in Economics and in the Economic Reform of the Centrally Planned Economies online at httpwww er nn nmd quot quot 39 39 T 39 39 nn20in20Economicsndf Moises Naim Fads and Fashions in Economic Reforms Washington Consensus or Washington Confusion Third World Quarterly 21 3 pp505528 2000 UCLA Lib 3 China a gradualist success story October 17 Lau L Y Qian and Gerard Roland Reform Without Losers An Interpretation of China s DualTrack Liberalization Journal of Pol itical Economy 2000 108 l ppl20 63 JSTOR D Montinola Gabriella Yingyi Qian and Barry R Weingast 1996 Federalism Chinese Style The Political Basis for Economic Success World Politics 48 1 pp5081 JSTOR D Hongbin Cai and Daniel Treisman Did government decentralization cause China s Economic Miracle 2006 Online httpwww nnlisr i m la 39 f 39 reisman D Jeffrey Sachs and Wing Thye Woo Reform in China and Russia Economic Policy April 1994 JSTOR D Alwyn Young The Razor s Edge Distortions and Incremental Reform in the People s Republic of China Quarterly Journal of Economics 2000 4 Online via UCLA library D 4 Politics of macroeconomic stabilization October 24 Milton Friedman Quantity Theory of Money selections pp 17 2836 and Phillip Cagan Hyperin ation pp17984 in John Eatwell et al eds The New Palgrave Albe1to Alesina Political Models of Macroeconomic Policy and Fiscal Reforms in Stephan Haggard and Steven B Webb Voting for Reform World Bank and OUP 1994 Peter Boone and Jakob Horder Inflation Causes Consequences and Cures in Peter Boone Stanislaw Gomulka and Richard Layard eds Emerging From Communism Lessons From Russia China and Eastern Europe D Andrei Shleifer and Daniel Treisman Without a Map ch34 D 5 Property rights privatization and corporate governance October 31 Andrei Shleifer State vs Private Ownership Journal of Economic Perspectives 1998 fall pp13350 JSTOR D Shleifer and Treisman Without a Map ch2 D William Megginson and Jeffry Netter From State to Market A Survey of Empirical Studies on Privatization Journal of Economic Literature June 2001 MIX 2 J STOR John Earle and Scott Gehlbach A Spoonful of Sugar Privatization and Popular Support for Reform in the Czech Republic Economics and Politics 15 1 March 2003 Online UCLA lib D 6 The international dimension trade and aid Nov 7 Jeffrey D Sachs and Andrew Warner Economic Reform and the Process of Global Integration Brookings Papers on EconomicActivity 1995 1 pp164 JSTOR D Dani Rodrik The Global Governance of Trade As If Development Really Mattered UNDP October 2001 at httpks ghomeharvardedudrodrikUNDPtradePDF D Craig Bumside and David Dollar Aid Policies and Growth American Economic Review September 2000 JSTOR D William Easterly Can Foreign Aid Buy Growth Journal of Economic Perspectives 2003 17 3 summer JSTOR D Dani Rodrik Trade Policy Reform as Institutional Reform at httn quot 39 harvardedudmdrik efnrm PDF D 7 Reforming government and corruption Nov 14 Andrei Shleifer and Robert Vishny Corruption Quarterly Journal of Economics August 1993 JSTOR D Paolo Mauro Corruption and Growth Quarterly Journal of Economics August 1995 pp681712 JSTOR D Daniel Treisman Postcommunist corruption in Jan Fidrmuc and Nauro Campos eds Political Economy ofTransition and Development Institutions Politics and Policies Kluwer 2003 pp20126 Anders Aslund Peter Boone and Simon Johnson Escaping the UnderReform Trap IMF Sta Papers 48 2001 UCLA Lib D


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