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Federalism & Decentralization: Evaluating Africa's Track Record, Universiteit Leiden

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In this political science course you will learn about the twin concepts of federalism and decentralization. You will develop an understanding of the core ideas that federalism and decentralization rest on, and study the building blocks that make them both work. Following a general overview of both federalism and decentralization, we will examine a number of case-studies from Africa where federalism and decentralization have been changing the continent’s political landscape in the last twenty years, coinciding with unprecedented levels of economic growth. What is federalism and how is it different from decentralization? What are the core ideas behind these concepts? Do federalism and decentralization enhance democracy, governance and diversity? Is that why virtually all countries south of the Sahara are now either federal or decentralized? We will be looking at Africa's track-record in order to answer these questions. By the end of the course, you will have acquired a general knowledge of federalism/decentralization and additional empirical knowledge of a number of African cases. Upon completion you will also acquire the ability to unpack and understand a variety of potential consequences of federalism/decentralization reforms in the developing world....

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By DB

Sep 02, 2017

I truly enjoyed the course on Federalism and Decentralization: Evaluating Africa's Track Record and a big thank you to the entire team.

By MS

Jul 18, 2017

Proud to be part of this learning space, looking forward for more of your offerings.

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By Просянов Герман Александрович

Apr 10, 2018

The course that can help you get the knowledge about federalism and basic knowledge about some african countries.

By Motoky Hayakawa

Jan 28, 2018

most reading materials are not available if you are not sub

By Vicky

Nov 16, 2017

Amazing professor! He really has a way to get you into it. The course in itself is also really interesting and the material provided really helps to dwell into all. Thank you! Really enjoyed it and I really recommend it.

By Dilipsing Bayas

Sep 02, 2017

I truly enjoyed the course on Federalism and Decentralization: Evaluating Africa's Track Record and a big thank you to the entire team.

By JOHN QUINCY

Aug 11, 2017

Fun course and exceptionally interesting as well. Thanks so much!

By MOHAMMED DANTANI SAIDU

Jul 18, 2017

Proud to be part of this learning space, looking forward for more of your offerings.

By Daniel David

Jul 05, 2017

This is wonderful course because this will help me a lot in addressing issues of federalism and decentralization in Nigeria most especially.

By jana brady

Jun 11, 2017

Straightforward and very informative, just what I like in a course!

By Melly Hu

Jun 06, 2017

Dr. Jan Erk makes this course so engaging and interesting! He's one of the clearest professors lecture-wise and a great speaker. The concepts are well organized and easy to follow. Thank you for teaching and I look forward to finishing this course as well as others you'll be teaching in the future!

By Ebiboderi Nkeiruka Opukiri

Jan 21, 2017

Great course. This course cleared up the confusion i previously experienced concerning the concepts. I will keep recommending the course to friends.