DV449 Half Unit
Political Economy of Development II
This information is for the 2017/18 session.
This course is compulsory on the MPA in International Development. This course is available on the MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Columbia), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Hertie), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and NUS), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Sciences Po), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Tokyo), MPA in European Policy-Making, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy, MPA in Social Impact and MSc in Development Studies. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
Building upon the theoretical material and applications introduced in the MT course Political Economy of Development I, this course emphasizes politics on the ground in developing countries. We will pay close attention to actors, interests, institutions, and power. Understanding the politics of policymaking is critical for development specialists and policy practitioners. Policies recommended by technical experts are not always politically feasible, and progress may require implementing second-best solutions. Moreover, approaches that work in one case may not work in another. Drawing on real-world examples from a range of policy domains, we will discuss strategies for enacting pro-development reforms.
Upon completing the course, students can expect to (1) be able to critically engage with the key debates in international development, (2) be able to identify political constraints that may impede implementation of pro-development policies, (3) apply political economy theories to explain ‘real world’ cases of development policy successes and failures, and (4) design strategies that can help make pro-development policies more politically feasible in a given country context.
22 hours of lectures and 20 hours of seminars in the LT.
Students will receive feedback on formative assignments in seminars that will prepare them for the assessed DPA at the end of the term.
The two-hour revision session in LT will prepare students for the assessed exam.
- Nicolas van de Walle. 2003. “Presidentialism and Clientelism in Africa’s Emerging Party Systems.” Journal of Modern African Studies 41 (2): 297-321.
- Thachil, Tariq. 2011. “Embedded Mobilization: Non-state Service Provision as Electoral Strategy in India.” World Politics 62 (3): 434-69.
- Tasha Fairfield. 2013. “Going Where the Money Is: Strategies for Taxing Economic Elites in Unequal Democracies,” World Development 47 (July), pp. 42-57.
Exam (60%, duration: 2 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the main exam period.
Other (40%) in the LT.
All students will be required to take part in a Development Policy Application (DPA) project stretching over several weeks of the course. An issue of major importance to developing countries will be introduced early in the term. Students will be assigned into small groups, and each group will pick a country of its choice for the project. The DPA will count for 40% of the course mark.
A cumulative, 2-hour final exam will be given in the Summer Term. The exam will count for 60% of the course mark.
Department: International Development
Total students 2016/17: 26
Average class size 2016/17: 9
Controlled access 2016/17: Yes
Lecture capture used 2016/17: Yes (LT)
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
- Application of numeracy skills