Redistributive Politics in New Democracies (Rauschenbach, Spring 2015)

Hauptseminar, Spring 2015: Ausgewählte Themen der internationalen Beziehungen: Redistributive Politics in New Democracies

Instructor: Mascha Rauschenbach

FSS 2015
SWS: 2


In this course, we will engage with contemporary research on the intersection of democratic and economic development in new democracies, with a particular focus on Africa. We will both investigate in what way governments use economic policies for electoral gains and the effect that electoral competition has on economic development. The main goal of the course is to think critically about a set of substantive questions and to engage in up-to date research on politics in new democracies. Why types of voters do governments seek to favor with economic policies, and why? What types of voters are common targets of clientelistic redistribution and why? What is the effect of democratization on economic development and the wellbeing of citizens in new democracies? This course explores these questions.

Course Requirements:

  • Participation (20%)
  • Presentation/Group work (30%)
  • Research paper (50%)
  • Presented critique (Pass/Fail)

Office hours:

Wednesday, 16:00–17:30 (during weeks of teaching)
Parkring 47, Room 114

Dates and times:

Thursday, 8:30–10:00 (weekly), Room: B 6, 23-25, A 103