nl en

Federalism in Post-conflict Societies



For a long while federalism was seen as a tool for post-conflict power-sharing in the developing world. Managing ethnic diversity is no longer the only reason for the spread of federalism and decentralization. Together with World Bank policies and the African economic boom, an additional angle has been the role of federalism in economic development. The seminar will employ both angles in unpacking both the benefits and shortcomings of federalism in the developing world as well as covering the more traditional topics and angles from the developed world.

Methods of Instruction

The seminar will be based on class discussions, presentations, and a term paper.

Study Material

Jan Erk and Wilfried Swenden (eds.) (2009), New Directions in Federalism Studies, London: Routledge


Term Paper

You can register for an exam or retake through USIS until 10 days before the exam or retake.


Thursday 5 & 12 September, 9.00-11.00 hrs in 5B16
Thursday 19 September until 17 October, 9.00-11.00 hrs in 5A37 (except 3 October no class)
Thursday 24 October until 19 December, 9.00-11.00 hrs in SA23

Entrance Requirements