Lecture 1

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Department
Political Science
Course
POLB91H3
Professor
R Rice
Semester
Winter

Description
LECTURE 1: Domestic Power Structures and Development I. Course Intro. II. State Power III. Development Traps _____________________________________________________________ I. Course Introduction [see syllabus under Course Information on web page] II. State Power A major determinant of development strategies and outcomes is the character of the state, and the domestic power structures and political coalitions underpinning it. Roots of Despotic Power: - State borders and institutions were imposed by colonial rules - Strong despotic or coercive power but weak infrastructural or transformative power - Purpose of colonial rule was extractive rather than developmental - The power structure of the colonial state was intended by ruling elites after independence to protect their interests Types of State Power: 1. Despotic Power: the power to control and suppress (
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