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Bachelor 2019/2020

Management of International Development

Category 'Best Course for Broadening Horizons and Diversity of Knowledge and Skills'
Area of studies: International Relations
When: 4 year, 3, 4 module
Mode of studies: offline
Instructors: Alexander Kalgin
Language: English
ECTS credits: 6

Course Syllabus


Development management is a subject which provides insights and understanding of the institutional drivers of economic and social development, as well as economic and social decomposition. It trains students to manage processes of change in the direction of increasing prosperity and freedom. Many students approach this course with the idea that development management is primarily about administering aid projects. Common misunderstandings are that countries develop as the direct result of international donor and NGO activities, and hence that by better administering the aid projects of such organisations, societies can become richer and more free. Such a view is rooted in a myth of charity which holds that people become more developed through the efforts and resources of others. This course will provide ample empirical and historical evidence to show that in fact societies develop as a result of deep changes in the way they organise key sets of rules by which they operate, such as the economy, government, and the system of justice. These sets of rules define their institutions, and hence development can be viewed as a process of transformation from less effective to more effective institutions. Outsiders, such as NGOs and international agencies, can play a crucial role in nudging societies towards such transformations, and advising national actors once change is under way. But the fundamental responsibility lies within developing societies. What you should take away from this course is an understanding of the role of institutions and organisations in developmental and anti-developmental processes, and strategies for fomenting the former and discouraging the latter.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To explain institutions and organisations as theoretical concepts
  • To analyse the development implications of different organisational forms
  • To examine coordination in the increasingly complex institutional systems that characterise the most advanced countries
  • To explore how characteristics of this complex interdependence are related to the persistence of high and low states of development.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the role of incentives in political behaviour and economic performance
  • Map the links from different organisations and institutions to the incentives they put in place
  • Compare and contrast why certain organisations are better suited to certain types of services and/or environments than others
  • Map the links from incentive systems to micro and macrolevel economic performance
  • Discuss what stable institutional constellations comprise, how they come about, and under which conditions they perish.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Institutions, organisations and development management
  • Political accountability and public action
  • Democracy and decentralisation
  • International aid and international governance
  • Hierarchy, cooperation and incentives in private firms
  • Real firms, small firms: microentrepreneurs and the informal sector
  • Managing common resources: private solutions for collective action
  • Geography, values, factor endowments, institutions
  • Analytical narratives of development failure
  • Analytical narratives of development success
  • Towards a theory of development management
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Seminars activity 3rd module
  • non-blocking Seminars activity 4th module
  • non-blocking MOCK 1
  • non-blocking Final Exam
    Your exam will be held online. You should submit a paper via Google-Forms platform in 3-hours period. All further details will be send to you directly by the professor.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    Seminars total 50% = 20% attendance + 20% home-task + 10% active engagement


Recommended Core Bibliography

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Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Amsden, A. H. (2001). The Rise of ’The Rest’ : Challenges to the West From Late-Industrializing Economies. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=146870
  • Bates, R. H. (2001). Prosperity and violence : the political economy of development / Robert H. Bates. New York [u.a.]: Norton. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.091044294
  • Bonin, J. P., & Jones, D. C. (1993). Theoretical and Empirical Studies of Producer Cooperatives: Will Ever the Twain Meet? Journal of Economic Literature, 31(3), 1290–1320. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=bsu&AN=9402083422
  • Cleaver, F. (2000). Moral Ecological Rationality, Institutions and the Management of Common Property Resources. Development & Change, 31(2), 361. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-7660.00158
  • Easterly, W. (2001). The Elusive Quest for Growth : Economists’ Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics. Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=62733
  • Kähkönen, S., & Olson, M. (2000). A Not-so-dismal Science : A Broader View of Economies and Societies. Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=273556
  • Litvack, J. I., Ahmad, J., & Bird, R. M. (1998). Rethinking Decentralization in Developing Countries. Washington, D.C.: World Bank Publications. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=26606
  • Mookherjee, D., & Bardhan, P. K. (2006). Decentralization and Local Governance in Developing Countries : A Comparative Perspective. Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=163977
  • Ostrom, E. (1990). Governing the Commons : The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action. Cambridge: Cambridge eText. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=510979
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  • Pranab Bardhan. (2005). Institutions matter, but which ones? The Economics of Transition, (3), 499. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.bla.etrans.v13y2005i3p499.532
  • Ricardo Hausmann, Francisco Rodríguez, & Rodrigo Wagner. (2006). Growth Collapses. Wesleyan Economics Working Papers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.p.wes.weswpa.2006.024
  • Ricardo Hausmann, Lant Pritchett, & Dani Rodrik. (2005). Growth Accelerations. Journal of Economic Growth, (4), 303. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10887-005-4712-0
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  • State power and social forces : domination and transformation in the Third World / ed. by Joel S. Migdal . (1994). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.042063949
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  • William Easterly. (2003). The political economy of growth without development: A case study of Pakistan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.3EAE7489
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