Master of International Affairs   Master of Public Policy  

Governance in areas of limited statehood

Most states are more or less far away from the 'Weberian ideal type' of bureaucratic rule. Such 'limited statehood' is not an exception, it is the rule and more likely than not, it is here to stay. In a nutshell, the course explores the consequences that this condition has for understanding and influencing governance – understood as the provision of collective goods such as security, welfare, education, public health, a clean environment, etc. In most developing countries and transition states and even within OECD member states, control over the use of force is at least incomplete, and/or the state’s ability to implement and enforce political decisions is limited. Under such conditions, governance faces particular challenges and works differently to standard models. The course starts by analytically separating governance from statehood, which will allow us to analyse various modes of governance within and beyond the parameters of statehood. In terms of cases, we will draw on numerous examples of governance from countries in the Southern hemisphere and cover a broad range of policy problems – from education and water supply to health services, disaster relief and peace mediation.

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