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PL5003 - Governance, Democratisation and the State

[Offered in even-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

No individual can escape the state -- but how pervasive is it? What relationships pertain between the state, globalisation, democratisation and governance? In this subject we: examine the development of the modern state, state power and competing modern state theories; discuss the role of the state in the economy and its relationship with civil society in both advanced industrial countries and countries in the developing world; study the relationship between state power, democratisation and globalisation; and consider those issues of governance which in recent years have gained prominence in the reform agenda promoted by such international bodies as the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Learning Outcomes

  • enable students to conceptualise the state and to identify various forms and functions of the state;
  • enhance students skills appropriate to analysing politics and public policy;
  • equip students with more advanced skills in comparative politics.
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