PSCI 5320: Administration in Developing Countries
Instructor: Mahendra Lawoti, Office: Friedmann 3408
Class: 6:30-9:00 PM, 2209
Office hours: 2:15-3:15 PM Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 5:15-6:15 PM Mondays
Telephone: 387-5702; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This course will look at the administration of development in low and middle-income countries, both at the grassroots and central level. We will review literature on governance, public administration, development, and gender relations and ethnic dimensions of development administration. The course will discuss both rural and urban issues, even though the focus on the rural issues will be more since the majority of people in developing countries live in the rural regions. With regard to urban areas, it will discuss the informal sector, urban poverty and the environment. Finally, the course will review different strategies that have worked in international development, such as micro credit, decentralization, center-local partnership, among others. We will rely on case studies, cross-national empirical studies, and different development administration theories to understand the issues and challenges of development administration in developing countries.
1997. Good Government in the Tropics.
Soto, Hernando de. 2002. The Other Path: The Economic Answer to Terrorism, Perseus Books.
A PSCI 5320 course pack
Some articles, chapters, and books are available online or as reserves at Waldo Library.
Each week’s readings should be done carefully, and students should come to class prepared to discuss the readings. All students are expected to debate points in the literature, ask thoughtful and informed questions, and/or provide appropriate examples and counter examples of the issues discussed based on their own experience and understanding of development administration in different countries. Students must take part in discussions to do well on this part of the grade.
Beginning from the second week, twice during the semester, each student will prepare 5 questions on the readings and send them via email to the whole class on the day before the lecture. The questions should go beyond summarizing the readings. They should take our discussions to the next level in the class. The emphasis should be on raising questions, identifying points that need clarification, presenting alternative points of view, and drawing out the implications of the articles for practice. We will discuss the questions in the second part of the class. The sign up sheet for the questions will be circulated in the second week. The question assignment should be dispersed between the two half of the term.
There will be two exams, each carrying 25 percent of the grade. The final requirement is a term paper of 15-20 pages long. The term paper is due on April 17 by 5PM. All papers must be typed, double-spaced, using standard margins (no less than one inch), in approximately 11 or 12 point font. You must footnote/endnote/refer sources you use. All papers must contain a bibliography. Students are free to use any of the several standard formats for reference, footnotes, or endnotes, so long as they are consistent within the paper. Include all the information a reader would need to locate the source of your information (i.e. the title, author, and date of the source; page numbers where you found the information; publisher’s name and location if it is a book; and issue number if it is a magazine). Your paper will be graded on the directness and clarity of writing style, quality of your research, reasoning, and argumentation. Students are strongly encouraged to see me during my office hours or other agreed upon time to discuss the term paper. Term papers will be presented in the class on April 9 and 16. You can write the paper on any issue we have covered in the class. An outline of the term paper is due on March 12. Each student will present his or her outline in the class. In the outline, you should mention the issue you are going to deal in the term paper, a research question, and an outline of how you are going to write the paper. I expect you to have done some preliminary research while preparing the outline. Some references should be cited in the outline, indicating that you have done some research and identified others.
Two exams: 25 percent each (total 50 percent)
Term paper: 35 percent (30 +5: paper and presentation)
Class participation: 15 percent (attendance, class discussion & questions)
“Human Development- Past, Present, and Future,” Human Development Report 2001,
Week 2, January 15: NO CLASS, MLK DAY
Dervis, Kemal. 2006. “Governance and Development,” Journal of Democracy, 17(4): 153-159, available ONLINE
Lindblom, Charles E. 1959. “The Science of “Muddling Through,”’ Public Administration Review, 19(2): 79-88, available ONLINE
Stone, Deborah. 2002, revised edition. “Equity,” chapter 2 in Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision Making, W. W. Norton and Company
Week 4, January 29: Administration in Developing Societies
Riggs, Fred. 1964. “The Prismatic Model: Conceptualizing Transitional Societies,” chapter 1 in Administration in Developing Countries: The Theory of Prismatic Society, 3-49
Gusfield, Joseph R. 1967. Tradition and Modernity: Misplaced Polarities in the Study of Social Change, The American Journal of Sociology, 72(4)-351-362, available ONLINE via www.jstor.org
Week 5, February 5: Decentralization, Partnership and Micro-Credit
Agrawal, Arun and
Elinor Ostrom. 2001. “Collective Action,
Property Rights, and Decentralization in
Rondinelli, Dennis A. 2003. “Partnering for Development: Government-Private Sector Cooperation in Service Provision,” chapter 12 in Reinventing Government for the Twenty-First Century: State Capacity in a Globalizing Society, Dennis Rondinelli, Kuamrian, 181-194, electronic book available ONLINE via Westcat
Yunus, Muhammad. 1997. “The Grameen Bank Story: Rural Credit in Bangladesh,” chapter 1 in Reasons for Hope: Instructive Experiences in Rural Development, edited by Anirudh Krishna, Norman Uphoff, and Milton Esman, New Delhi: Vistar Publications.
Week 6, February 12: Good Government in Practice
Tendler, Judith. 1997. “Introduction,” “Preventive Health: The Case of the Unskilled Meritocracy,” and “Small Firms and Large Buyers: Demand Driven Public Procurement,” chapters 1, 2, and 5 in Good Government in the Tropics, 1-45, 102-134
Week 7, February 19: Central & Local Governments in Development
Tendler, Judith. 1997. “The Emergency Employment Program and Its Unlikely Heroes,” “Frontline Workers and Agricultural Productivity” and “Civil Servants and Civil Society, Governments Central and Local,” chapters 3, 4, and 6 in Good Government in the Tropics, 46-101, 135-165
Week 8, February 26: MID TERM EXAM
Week 9, March 5: SPRING BREAK
Week 10, March 12: Gender Relations and Development
Mead, Cain, Syeda
Rokeya Khanam, and Shamsun Nahar.
1979. “Class, Patriarchy, and
Women’s Work in
Morrison, Chritian and Johannes P. Jutting. 2005. “Women’s Discrimination in Developing Countries: A New Data Set for Better Policies,” World Development 33(7): 1065-1081, available ONLINE via Westcat
Cornwell, Andrea. 2003. Whose Voices? Whose Choices? Reflections on Gender and Participatory Development, World Development, 31(8), 1325-1342, available ONLINE via Westcat
TERM PAPER OUTLINE PRESENTATION
Esman, Milton. 1997. “Public Administration, Ethnic Conflict, and Economic Development,” Public Administration Review, 57(6): 527-533, available ONLINE via www.jstor.org
Bates, Robert H.
2000. “Ethnicity and Development in
J. 2003. “Making Ethnic Conflict: The Civil War in
2002. “Introduction,” in Livable Cities?
The Politics of Urban Livelihood and Sustainability,
Soto, Hernando de. 2002 (1990). “Informal Housing” and “Redistributive Tradition” chapters 2 and 6, in The Other Path, 17-57, 189-199
TERM PAPER DUE: APRIL 17
Week 16: Final Exam, April 23, 2007, 7:15-9:15 PM