This programme examines the obstacles to and pathways towards more legitimate, democratic and pro-poor forms of governance at global, national and local levels. The course interrogates the discursive paradigms and material interventions in the area of politics and governance, which has moved to the centre of the international development agenda since the late 1980s.
Aims of the programme
• Provide critical insights into different theoretical and disciplinary perspectives on the politics and governance of development • Develop the analytical skills of students in critically evaluating and employing different theories of politics, governance and policy analysis • Provide participants with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the how politics, governance and the formulation and implementation development policy interact in the global South; • Provide critical insights into the key strategies, policies and practices currently employed to promote `good governance' and improved policy processes in the global South • Develop professionally-oriented skills related to formulating, investigating and implementing different approaches to promoting good governance • Provide a wide range of options for advanced training in areas of specialist expertise relevant to politics, governance and development policy; • Develop advanced competencies in transferable areas, including developing reasoned arguments, gathering, organising and using evidence and information from a wide variety of sources, undertaking both team-based and independent work to deadlines, and both written and verbal forms of communication • Assist students in developing their specialist area of expertise within the field of politics, governance and development policy, and applying their understanding and skills through supervised individual research culminating in a dissertation.
An overseas field visit is an integral part of the programme. The cost of the visit is covered by the course fee. Recent fieldtrip locations have included Uganda, Ghana, Sri Lanka and India.