DPI403 - Class notes
 
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DPI-403

Class Notes - Fall 2010

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Class

Date

Topic

Due dates (i)

 

 

Part I: Introduction, overview and advocacy

 

  Mon 30 Aug Shopping: Roadmap of the course  

1

Wed 1 Sept

Concepts of Democratic Governance

 

 

Mon 6th Sept

No class: Labor day

 

2

Wed 8 Sept

Analytical framework explaining democratization

 

3

Mon 13 Sept

Applying the framework: Why are there no Arab democracies?

 

4

Wed 15 Sept

Impact of democratic governance on economic growth and social welfare

 

5

Mon 20 Sept

Impact of democratic governance upon peace and conflict

 

 

 

Part II: Analytics: Diagnostics, benchmarks and indicators

 

6

Wed 22 Sept

Overview: Alternative concepts of democratic governance: the expanded framework

 

7

Mon 28 Sept

Measures and indicators of democratic governance

 

8

Wed 29 Sept

Measuring democracy: Freedom House and Polity IV

 

9

Mon 4 Oct

Measuring governance: WBI Kaufmann-Kraay

Visiting speaker: Jan Teorell, Lund University

 

10

Wed 6 Oct

Utilizing the shared CS-TS class datasets (Applied Lab session #1)*

 

 

Mon 11th Oct

No class: Columbus day

 

11

Wed 13 Oct

Survey indicators and democratic audits: WVS

 

12

Mon 18 Oct

Utilizing the shared CS-TS class datasets (Applied Lab session #2)*

 

 

 

Part III: Options: reform strategies and agencies

 

13

Wed 20 Oct

The role of the UN, regional organizations and bilateral donors

 

14

Mon 25 Oct

Constitution-building in peace-building processes: International IDEA

#1

15

Wed 27 Oct

CASE STUDY GROUP PRESENTATION A

 

16

Mon 1 Nov

Elections: ACE/International IDEA

 

17

Wed 3 Nov

Elections: ACE/International IDEA (see above)

 

18

Mon 8 Nov

 CASE STUDY GROUP PRESENTATION B

 

19

Wed 10 Nov

Parliaments, parties, and women’s empowerment: the Inter-parliamentary Union

 

20

Mon 15 Nov

Local governance/federalism, and anti-corruption: Transparency International

 

21

Wed 17 Nov

CASE STUDY GROUP PRESENTATION C

 

22

Mon 22 Nov

Civil society, social capital and the news media: Committee to Protect Journalists and the Open Society Institute

 

23

Wed 24 Nov

Human rights, justice, and rule of law: UN and Amnesty International

 

24

Mon 29 Nov

CASE STUDY GROUP PRESENTATION D

 

25

Wed  1 Dec

Conclusion & wrap up: tea and coffee, coffee cake and fruit will be available!

#2

No class will be held on official university holidays on Labor Day (Mon 6 Sept) and Columbus Day (Mon 11 Oct). 

Occasional guest speakers may be added to the schedule.

*Computer lab sessions in Taubman (Sign up for group A, B or C for each session). The computer lab has 20 terminals; you may need to share with a partner. Additional lab sessions will be scheduled for Tuesday afternoon on 5th and 19th Oct. You need to attend two sessions in total in order to complete the second assignment. Sign-up sheets will be circulated closer to the date.

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