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Federalism in Post-conflict Societies (Political Science Specialisation)



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


Wednesday 3 September until 17 December, 11.00-13.00 hrs in SA15

Entrance Requirements