Universiteit Leiden
Political Economy of Institutions and Development
Universiteit Leiden

Political Economy of Institutions and Development

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22 hours to complete
3 weeks at 7 hours a week
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There are 11 modules in this course

Welcome to this course! Here we present the instructor and his team, what we will do in the upcoming modules, and what is exactly Political Economy. You play an important role in this module. We would also like to hear who you are and what are your expectations from this course. Don't forget to read before that our academic standards and tips and tricks that will help you succeed in this course. Good luck!

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5 videos5 readings3 discussion prompts1 plugin

Basic Data. Reviews the basic data of population, output and development used to make international comparisons between countries.

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11 videos1 reading1 quiz2 discussion prompts

Trust. Argues for the centrality of trust in explanations of differences in wealth and poverty between nations but highlights difficulties in measuring it and in explaining the direct of causality.

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6 videos1 reading1 quiz1 discussion prompt

Inequality and Fragmentation. Examines how society can be fragmented along lines of religion, language, ethnicity and income

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9 videos1 reading1 quiz1 discussion prompt

Governance. Argues that good governance provides a transparent and stable environment for risk assessment and decision-making and contributes to welfare and growth. The question is how to get it.

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8 videos1 reading1 quiz1 discussion prompt

Development Assistance. Assesses the motivations for development assistance but raises doubts about the extent to which it can overcome local issues.

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4 videos1 reading1 quiz1 discussion prompt

Let us now focus on the international context of the elements we've seen so far. Globalisation - what is it really? What are the benefits it is supposed to confer and what is the role, if any, left for national governments in today's world?

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8 videos1 reading1 quiz1 discussion prompt

International organization. What role do they play in the world economy?

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4 videos1 reading1 quiz1 discussion prompt

Even though they do not belong to any establishment or an institution, certain non- governmental institutions can have a lot of power and influence. Who are those actors? How much power do they really have? We will dive into these question in this module!

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7 videos1 reading1 quiz1 peer review1 discussion prompt

The final exam! Good luck!

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1 quiz

Not for the test - but very good for your general knowledge!

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12 videos


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Richard Thomas Griffiths
Universiteit Leiden
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