The International Politics of Development

Course Description: 

Core course for International Relations, Political Economy and Public Policy tracks.

What does development mean? Who wants development and why? How have power structures shaped which strategies are applied over time and across regions? How does the interaction of different actors affect development?

 This course studies the debates around development from a specifically political angle. We will begin with the conceptualization of development and critical debates around what development means by following the history of theories of development. Then we explore the interaction between various actors involved in the politics of development, including governments, donor country’s domestic aid agencies, international organizations, business, and social movements. In doing so, we will also delve into the politics of choosing different strategies of development. Finally, we will engage with literature and development practice on a series of topics selected as a class, such as aid, debt, inequality, sustainable development, policy diffusion, international finance, migration, conflict, social policy, and others. Participants will rotate leading the sessions and discussions throughout the course. Given that the course engages with both critical theories and more practical dimension of the politics of development, participants can develop their research papers in the direction most suitable to them.

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