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GDD2014 - Introduction
Transcript of GDD2014 - Introduction
Objectives, key questions, methods
Readings & resources
Organisational matters & announcement
Objectives of the module, key questions, methods
Readings and resources
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa: social dimensions and policy responses - Roundtable open discussion
Thursday 9th October, 17:00 – 19:00
Queens Building, UEA, Rm 1.03
IRIN, ICG, USIP, Think Tank Initiative
- Essay #1 --> formative
- Essay #2 --> summative
- 65% of the mark
- Topics in the module outline (p. 16)
- Deadline: 4 Dec, 3pm
- Support needed?
Group presentations & reports - "Standing in the shoes of policy analysts"
- 35% of the mark
- How is the mark calculated: see p16
- Analysis + policy recommendations on a conflict
- Careful coordination needed!
- Check programme on p. 15 of the module outline
My personal research
Definitions and Normative considerations
What is a democracy made of?
Appointing representatives. Are elections the most democratic way?
What is democratic governance?
Types of rule and regime transformation
Democracy, one way of ruling among others
What are the forces shaping alternative types of rule (colonial legacies, natural resources dependence, from below, from above)?
Where does 'fragility' come from?
Does development foster democracy?
Does the fall of an authoritarian regime automatically bring about democracy?
Can foreign aid promote democracy and good governance? (Paul Clist)
‘The English people believes itself to be free, it is gravely mistaken; it is only free when it elects its MP; as soon as they are elected, the people are enslaved; it is nothing. In the brief moment of its freedom, the English people makes such use of its freedom that it deserves to lose it” (J.-J. Rousseau, 1762)
Methods of comparative politics
Why do some political phenomena happen in some places but not in others?
Political entities are not unitary.
Privileged approach: Case studies
Not an easy job to reveal causal mechanisms (e.g. the ‘Arab Spring’)
An ‘inside-out’ view but there’s no reason to neglect external pressures on political entities
Comparative politics is interdisciplinary as political behaviours have multiple causes (e.g. violent mobilisation)
Form seminar groups now, choose a case study, submit it for approval and start gathering material!
How lectures unfold
- The discussant's role
FB is for non-official communication (http://on.fb.me/1pHRkaV)
Where to find readings
Send me emails if you want to meet me (office hours on Thursday morning)