The policy process: Development

The course offers a general introduction into the policy process following the general outline of the other C1 courses. It thus covers general topics such as the policy cycle model, agenda setting, bureaucratic politics etc. At the same time, the course uses the specific example of development policy to highlight specifics of this particular policy field. It uses a wide definition of development policy that includes traditional "international aid" and humanitarian assistance as well as broader state-building efforts. The course is structured in three parts: It starts off with a theoretical introduction into the more theoretical debate on (under-) development and international aid. In the second part, it focuses on development politics covering the four essential types of actors in development policy: Bilateral donors (using the example of Germany and the US), multilateral donors (using the example of the World Bank), recipient states (drawing on different examples from the Global South) and non-state actors (on both the donor and the recipient side). The course concludes with the in-depth analysis and simulation of three case studies in international development policy, which are chosen during the first sessions.

Upon successful completion of the course, students should have a general understanding of the characteristics of the policy‐making process and the field of development policy. They should be familiar with the respective institutions in Germany, the US, the World Bank as well as selected recipient states. At the same time, students should have acquired fundamental skills in writing policy memos and conducting applied policy analysis.

This course is for 1st year MPP students only.