UE Politics of development

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Development is based on power relations. The course aims at understanding the political background of development, in a broad geopolitical analysis of the past decades.  This involves an important focus on the emerging powers and on South-South dynamics. The course is based on a multi-scalar approach of the stake-holders who are involved in development politics and policies.

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Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
Development debates are often reduced to economic choices. The course looks at the entanglements of power issues that are behind any development policy. Building on the capacity to analyze representations, it aims at widening the critical scopes over development choices. The course syllabus aims at building the capacity to decode the ideological standpoints which are presented as mere technological/technical options. At the end of the course, the students should be able to:
1. Discuss the role of politics in development processes and identify ways in which the politics and policy of development incorporates concerns about equity, efficiency, and effectiveness in the allocation of opportunities, resources, and rights
2. Explain the role of power in the political process and how interests, institutions, ideas, and individuals interact to create and transform power relations in the context of the politics of development


Duncan Green, From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States can Change the World, (Oxfam 2008, 522p).
Richard Peet, Geography of Power. Making Global Economic Policy. (Zed Books, 2007, 192p.).