Bernardo Mueller
U. Brasilia



(Thursday, 24th May 2007)

Title : The Political Economy of Underdevelopment

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This workshop explores the ways through which political institutions affect the policymaking process and determine the characteristics of policies that emerge. Whether a country is able to arise from underdevelopment is crucially dependent on the characteristics of polices that its policymaking process systematically produces. The workshop will focus on recent literatures that analyze how the choice of producing public goods versus private goods and/or corruption is determined by political institutions. Theoretical and empirical approaches to mapping from political institutions to policy outcomes will be explored.

Bibliographical references :

Stein, Tommasi, Echebarría, Lora and Payne. 2006. The Politics of Policies: Economic and Social Progress in Latin America, Inter-American Development Bank, Capters 1 and 2.
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Bruce Bueno de Mesquita; James D. Morrow; Randolph M. Siverson; Alastair Smith (1999), "Policy Failure and Political Survival: The Contribution of Political Institutions" The Journal of Conflict Resolution, Vol. 43, No. 2, The Democratic Transition Process. (Apr.), pp. 147-161.
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Brambor, T., W.R. Clark and M. Golder. 2006. “Understanding Interaction Models: Improving Empirical Analyses,” Political Analysis, Vol. 14:63-82.

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