Modular value: 20 credits
Lecturer: Heather Marquette
This module looks at the link between governance and state-building in developing countries, with a special focus on development policy. We will discuss aspects of good governance, specifically dealing with political development, the role of the state, corruption, citizenship and the role of service delivery. We will also look at the relationship between state-building and peace-building in countries that have experienced conflict.
We will explore these issues in the context of different types of states, including both ‘resilient’ and ‘failed’ states, and different levels of civic engagement. We will also critically evaluate the theory of the emergence of ‘governance states’, states that are evolving to suit the good governance agenda, supported by donors, rather than evolving to suit the needs of citizens themselves.
Finally, we will assess the implications of applying the governance paradigm to difficult environments. You will also be introduced to different methods that scholars and policymakers have used in order to try to measure governance and to try to assess and measure the impact of interventions in order to better understand governance and state-building in the field.
By the end of the module you will be able:
Describe and explain the link between governance and state-building in developing countries at the national, regional and international levels of analysis.
Critically analyse the concepts, theories and approaches relating to governance and state-building with particular reference to developing countries.
Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of how the principles and theories of governance and state-building may be applied to the practical situations facing policy makers in developing countries.
Critically analyse and explain the impact of governance on state-building efforts in developing countries.
Evaluate a range of governance analysis frameworks in the context of developing countries.
Teaching and learning approach
The module will be delivered using a range of teaching and learning methods in a highly participatory environment, including interactive lectures, group discussions, case studies, videos and invited speakers.
The assessment for the module will consist of:
3,000 word essay, worth 60% of the mark.
2,000 word political analysis report (as part of a group assignment), worth 40% of the mark
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