MSc Global Urban Development and Planning / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
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Course unit details:
The Politics and Governance of Development
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Global Development Institute|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
This course unit deals with the growing focus on politics and political analysis within international development, which arises both from theoretical advances within development theory and a growing critique of the ‘good governance’ agenda that international development agencies have been promoting since the late 1980s. The unit traces the apparent rise of politics from the margins to the mainstream of the international development agenda, and critically examines the ways and extent to which politics now forms a key element of development theory and practice.
The unit aims to provide:
- A critical overview of new theoretical approaches to understanding the links between politics, governance and development
- Insights into how politics, governance and development interact in the global South
- A critical overview of the key strategies, policies and practices currently employed to promote ‘good governance’ and improved decision-making processes in the global South
- An opportunity for students to develop their range of competencies in transferable areas, including research, analysis, team-work and both written and verbal forms of communication
The aim is to provide a module that interrogates the key political discourses about and within development policy and practice for the benefit of practitioners, policy-makers, and future negotiators in the state and global governance terrain. The political theory provided aims to equip students with an essential toolbox of concepts in political analysis. Alongside this, the module aims to illustrate the spontaneity of politics in reality, and its resistance to management and intervention
Teaching and learning methods
10 x 3-hour workshops
Knowledge and understanding
- A thorough knowledge and critical understanding of different theoretical perspectives and approaches to investigating the politics and governance of development
- A thorough knowledge and critical understanding of the key strategies, policies and practices currently employed to promote ‘good governance’
- A specific understanding of some of the key links between politics, governance and development
- The analytical skills required to critically evaluate and employ different theories of politics, governance and policy analysis
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Improved competence in transferable areas, including developing reasoned arguments, gathering, organising and using evidence and information from a wide variety of sources, undertaking both team-based and independent work to deadlines, and both written and verbal forms of communication
|Written assignment (inc essay)||70%|
Written feedback on assignments, comments on brief essay plans and availability during weekly office hours.
Acemoglu, D. and Robinson, J. (2012). Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty. New York: Random House.
Carothers, T. and D. de Gramont (2013) Development Aid Confronts Politics: The Almost Revolution. Washington DC: The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Evans, P. (2010). The Challenge of 21st Century Development: Building Capability-Enhancing States. New York: United Nations Development Programme.
Hickey, S, K. Sen and Bukenya, B. (eds) (2014) The Politics of Inclusive Development: Interrogating the Evidence. Oxford: OUP
Houtzager, P. and Moore, M. (eds.) (2003). International Development and the Politics of Inclusion. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
IDS (2010). An Upside Down View of Governance. Sussex: IDS.
Khan, M. (2010). ‘Political Settlements and the Governance of Growth-Enhancing Institutions’. SOAS, London: Mimeo.
Leftwich, A. (2005). ‘Politics in Command: Development Studies and the Rediscovery of Social Science’. New Political Economy 10, 573-607.
Levy, B. 2014. Working with the Grain: Integrating Governance and Growth in Development Strategies. Oxford¿; New York: Oxford University Press.
Migdal, Joel S. 1988. Strong Societies and Weak States: State-Society Relations and State Capabilities in the Third World. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
North, D.C., Walliss, J.J. and Weingest, B.R. (2009). Violence and Social Orders: A Conceptual Framework for Interpreting Recorded Human History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
North, D.C., Walliss, J.J., Webb, S.B. and Weingest, B.R. (2013). In the Shadow of Violence: Politics, Economics, and the Problems of Development. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Parsons, Craig. 2007. How to Map Arguments in Political Science. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Sandbrook, R., Edelman, M., Heller, P. and Teichman, J. (2007). Social Democracy in the Global Periphery. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Tilly, C. (2007) Democracy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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|Independent study hours|
|Thomas Lavers||Unit coordinator|