Paper #4 - Development in Indonesia, Brazil, or South Africa

Due by midnight at the end of April 16, emailed to me at Late papers will be marked down. Students turning in papers containing plagiarism will fail the course.

Topic: Describe the policies that one of the following countries, Indonesia, Brazil, or South Africa, has adopted to try to promote economic development. Why did these particular policies get chosen? In other words:
  • What are the specific policies?
  • Why do leaders think that those particular policies will be likely to promote economic development?
  • Do these policies create benefits for particular groups, and if so do those benefits account for the enactment of the policies?
Length: Double-spaced, 12-point font, standard margins. At least 2 pages long (not counting reference list).

Sources: Your paper should refer to at least one assigned course reading, plus two or three articles from mainstream newspapers or magazines published after December 1, 2013 (New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Economist, Newsweek, etc.). There is no need to research more extensive background material from other journals, books, government documents, etc. Use any standard citation format you wish, as long as you apply it consistently. If in doubt, use the Chicago Manual citation format.

Cite any article you quote directly, and cite any article that provided you with information or ideas that you incorporate into the paper. Write the paper yourself. Students caught turning in plagiarized work will fail the course and will be reported to the Academic Integrity process.

This assignment asks you to apply concepts from the course to a particular upcoming election. To answer the question, you need to focus on the general logic of governance and consent, and then apply that logic to this particular case. Grades will be based on:
  • Writing. The paper must have a clear thesis, stated early. The rest of the paper should contain facts and logic that support the thesis.
  • Analysis of the logic of how leaders decide what kinds of policies promote growth.
  • Analysis of domestic political competition, and how policies that benefit some groups get chosen over policies that benefit other groups.
There is, of course, no one right answer to any of these questions; you will be graded on the thoughtfulness of your analysis.

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