Host institution
Kassel University
Online class time 
Mondays 16.15 – 17.45 (GMT + 2)
(20.04.20 - 20.07.20)
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Political Economy of the Global South in the Age of Financialisation: Exploring Turkey and Beyond

About this course

This course aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to the debates on development and political economy of Turkey and the global South. It covers central topics such as trajectories of development, competition, financial deepening, financial inclusion and crisis management in the last quarter of the 20th century and the first two decades of the 21st century.

A widely held misconception regarding economic and financial crises in the global South attributes the causes of the crises to the incapacity of policy makers in transforming their economies in line with the demands of investors. Either because of the exclusive institutions or policy fallacies, it is maintained; the South cannot catch up with the advanced countries of the North. This stance ignores the interdependencies not only between the countries, but also the policy dilemmas that the emerging markets confront amidst processes of financialisation and credit-led strategies of economic growth.

The course will rest onan interdisciplinary effort benefiting from comparative political economy, political science and development studies. It will elaborate various case studies from Turkey and beyond to analyze both the day-to-day workings of global finance and the reflection of global financial conjuncture upon major emerging markets. It will help the students grasp major issues and problems confronted by the policy makers of emerging markets in an era of financialisation. While providing a meta-level discussion of development in the last decades, the course will provide a comparative and historical lens to analyze the political economic transformation in Turkey and the global South more widely.

What you'll learn

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

+ identify social and political implications of major historical transformations in the global South in the last four decades.

+ develop a grounded understanding of the policy space in major emerging markets and the impact of the 2007-09 international financial crisis on the scope and content of this space.

+ grasp the key elements of crisis management in the global South and its transformation in recent decades.

+ critically evaluate the debates in the fields of development studies and global political economy