What is political development? What explains development and underdevelopment in the global South? How can states achieve development? This course will introduce to students the major theories and issues in the field of political development. The main focus is on the political economy of development in developing countries. We will start with a critical review of the major theories and debates in development. Then we will shift to specific public policy issues in the field of development, with a focus on exploring solutions to current problems in development. Key issues include: nation-building, democratization, human rights, urbanization, political culture, and so on. Students will learn how to critically evaluate key concepts and theories, to develop research skills that are necessary in the field of political development.

Pre-requisite: None