Course Title: Political Economy of Nepal
Course No.: RDS 571
Nature of the Course: Theory and Practical Period per Week: 3
Year: Second Time per Period: 1 hour
Semester: Third Total Period: 48
This course aims to apply political economic perspectives to development programs experienced over various periods in Nepal. The specific objectives are to a) delineate phases of development b) draw on the development perspectives, Institutions, and policies, and c) evaluate the strength and weakness of the political economic perspectives with respect to the real development outcome.
Unit I: Prelude 8
1.1 Overview of Pre-Rana Period
1.2 Rana Period (1846-1950)
1.2.1 Institutions and Policies of Isolationism
1.2.2 Community struggles and Government’s responses
1.3 Democratic Innovation (1950-1960)
1.3.1 First wave of modernization
1.3.2 Policies of future direction
Unit II: Experimentation with Panchayat (1960-1990) 13
2.1 Land Reform
2.3 Regional development
2.4 Decentralization: Rhetoric and reality
2.5 National integration, Ethnicity, and Women
2.7 Foreign aid
Unit III: Turning Points: Open Market Economy (1990-2000) 15
3.1 Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization
3.2 Foreign trade
3.3 Poverty reduction
3.4 Local development
3.5 Information and Communication technology
Unit IV: Inclusive Development (2000- ) 7
4.1 Growth dilemma: What went wrong?
4.2 Unemployment, Inequality and Inclusive Development
4.3 Sharing resources among provinces and people
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