Spring 2010 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: Cities and Governance in Developing Countries
Instructor(s): Robert Wilson
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 62425
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.355
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This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: This course explores the process of urbanization, urban policy, and local governance in developing countries. A comparative public policy perspective will be adopted and countries from Africa, Asia, and Latin America will be considered. The first element of the course will discuss the global context of urbanization, including impacts of the international economy and trade. The second element will examine analytical frameworks for studying urbanization, governance, and public policy. This framework incorporates the public sector, civil society, and politics and their interaction in formulating and implementing public policy. This element of the course will also explore a limited number of the policy issue areas confronting cities in developing countries (e.g. the privatization of service delivery, citizen participation in planning and budgeting, or the challenge of providing adequate low-cost housing for the urban poor). The final segment of the course involves the study of specific countries. Using a comparative framework, each student will choose a single country, write a paper on that country, and lead the class in a discussion of it. Students will be evaluated on class participation, a mid-term take home examination, and the term project.

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