Federalism & Decentralization: Evaluating Africa's Track Record

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Federalism & Decentralization: Evaluating Africa's Track Record

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About this course: In this political science course you will learn about the twin concepts of federalism and decentralization. You will develop an understanding of the core ideas that federalism and decentralization rest on, and study the building blocks that make them both work. Following a general overview of both federalism and decentralization, we will examine a number of case-studies from Africa where federalism and decentralization have been changing the continent’s political landscape in the last twenty years, coinciding with unprecedented levels of economic growth. What is federalism and how is it different from decentralization? What are the core ideas behind these concepts? Do fede…

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About this course: In this political science course you will learn about the twin concepts of federalism and decentralization. You will develop an understanding of the core ideas that federalism and decentralization rest on, and study the building blocks that make them both work. Following a general overview of both federalism and decentralization, we will examine a number of case-studies from Africa where federalism and decentralization have been changing the continent’s political landscape in the last twenty years, coinciding with unprecedented levels of economic growth. What is federalism and how is it different from decentralization? What are the core ideas behind these concepts? Do federalism and decentralization enhance democracy, governance and diversity? Is that why virtually all countries south of the Sahara are now either federal or decentralized? We will be looking at Africa's track-record in order to answer these questions. By the end of the course, you will have acquired a general knowledge of federalism/decentralization and additional empirical knowledge of a number of African cases. Upon completion you will also acquire the ability to unpack and understand a variety of potential consequences of federalism/decentralization reforms in the developing world.

Created by:  Universiteit Leiden

  • Taught by:  Dr. Jan Erk

    2016-2017 Smuts Memorial Fellow at the University of Cambridge

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Syllabus


WEEK 1


Welcome to this course! The Three Promises of Federalism and Decentralization



Great that you are joining us! In this course you will learn about Federalism & Decentralization in Africa. Before you start with studying we invite you to first go through our intro module and introduce yourself in the forum to meet your fellow learners. If you encounter any difficulties while studying, please let us know in the forum. For technical difficulties or questions regarding the course certificate, you can always contact the Coursera Learner Helpdesk. Good luck & we hope you enjoy studying in this course! In this first module you can also find the introduction video and an exploration of the three promises of Federalism and Decentralization.


5 videos, 9 readings expand

  1. Video: Introduction to the Course
  2. Reading: Meet the instructor & his team
  3. Reading: Syllabus
  4. Reading: Readings Overview
  5. Reading: Welcome to Leiden University!
  6. Reading: Study tips for studying online
  7. Reading: Being succesful in an international virtual learning community
  8. Reading: Behaving in an academic way
  9. Discussion Prompt: Introduce yourself
  10. Video: The Promises of Federalism
  11. Video: Federalism and Decentralization part 1
  12. Video: Federalism and Decentralization part 2
  13. Video: Overview - Federalism and Decentralization: Reflections and Implications
  14. Reading: Readings Module 1
  15. Reading: Transcript


Graded: The three promises of federalism

WEEK 2


Core Ideas in Federalism and Decentralization



This module will cover important concepts such as shared-rule and self-rule, autonomy, multiple identities and distributed authority. Don't forget to keep up with the readings for optimal understanding and application of this week's material! Do you have any questions, statements, remarks or other points you would like to discuss? Do not hesitate to post them in the Discussion Forums and a staff member or other course participants will be able to help you out!


5 videos, 1 reading expand

  1. Video: Self-Rule and Shared-Rule
  2. Video: Distribution of Power
  3. Video: Multiple Identities
  4. Video: Overview - Foundational Issues
  5. Reading: Readings Module 2
  6. Video: Weekly Chat: A Message from Beautiful South Africa


Graded: Core ideas about federalism

WEEK 3


The Building Blocks of Federalism and Decentralization
In this module we will discuss the various legal, political, and social foundations of federalism and decentralization. As you can see, this topic requires a true interdisciplinary perspective!


5 videos, 1 reading expand

  1. Video: Legal Foundations
  2. Video: Political Foundations
  3. Video: Socio-Economic and Socio-Demographic Foundations
  4. Video: Overview - Three Scholarly Angles
  5. Reading: Readings Module 3
  6. Video: Weekly chat


Graded: The building blocks

WEEK 4


Federalism in Post-Conflict Societies



In previous modules, you've learned the theory behind federalism and decentralization, as well as the most important concepts and building blocks, This module, we will look at three case studies to acquire insight into how federalism and decentralization work in practice: Nigeria, South Africa and Ethiopia.


5 videos, 1 reading expand

  1. Video: Federalism in South Africa
  2. Video: Federalism in Ethiopia
  3. Video: Federalism in Nigeria
  4. Video: Overview
  5. Reading: Readings Module 4
  6. Peer Review: Country Overview
  7. Video: Interview with Assefa Fiseha


Graded: Federalism in Post-Conflict Societies

WEEK 5


Decentralization, Democracy and Economic Development



While previous modules focused on federalism, Module 5 is all about decentralization! We will analyze the related but different dynamics decentralization presents. In particular, we will focus on the economic implications of decentralization on Africa. We will cover various perspectives that highlight state capacity, international factors, design of decentralized institutions, unintended long-term consequences, and uncodified home-grown practices of local governance.


5 videos, 1 reading expand

  1. Video: Decentralization in Africa
  2. Video: Economic Development and Decentralization
  3. Video: Unintended Consequences
  4. Video: Overview
  5. Reading: Readings Module 5
  6. Video: Interview with Nico Steytler


Graded: Decentralization, Democracy and Economic Development

WEEK 6


Critical Issues in Federalism and Decentralization



The description goes herehis module will cover Critical Issues in Federalism and Decentralization, and will bring the knowledge and insights from previous modules tohether. The notion of state capacity will be unpacked into political, administrative, infrastructural, and economic components. We will also evaluate the relative importance of international know-how and local traditions.


5 videos, 1 reading expand

  1. Video: State Capacity
  2. Video: Imported Institutional Blueprints vs. Local Solutions
  3. Video: International Involvement
  4. Reading: Readings Module 6
  5. Video: Interview with Shawn Houlihan
  6. Video: Weekly chat


Graded: Critical issues
Graded: Final Exam

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