Development, political transition and stability

The course takes a global perspective with examples from Asia, the Post-Soviet region, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Some argue that regional expertise is the key to successfully promoting international aid and public well-being abroad; misinformed policies based on assumptions from Europe have had disastrous consequences in other regions of the world. Others argue that regional expertise is no longer necessary in a globalised world and that instead expertise on issues (global warming, digital governance, development, etc.) is needed.

This course gives you the opportunity to develop your own stance on this question by starting to build a regional expertise of your own.

Main learning objectives: The course offers students an overview of the principal theoretical and policy debates on development in authoritarian contexts. The course is theoretically grounded in political science, although previous knowledge of the discipline is not a prerequisite.

Students will be expected to:   

Understand and differentiate between forms of authoritarian governance and the dynamics of political transition.   

Learn how to navigate politically-sensitive and dynamic political environments.   

Learn how to evaluate sources regarding developing countries where data are often scarce and politically biased.

Become an expert of the country of your own choice and try out whether regional expertise suits you.

This course is for 2nd year MIA and MPP students only.