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Магистерская программа «Сравнительная политика Евразии»

International Development Initiatives in Eurasia

Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
2-й курс, 1, 2 модуль


Course Syllabus


This course explores different aspects of international development policies in post-Soviet Eurasia (former USSR). It covers two main areas: 1) key ideas, concepts and themes in international development studies (e.g., aid, development, donors, evaluation, effectiveness, ownership, local, resilience) drawing on examples from various regions of the world and cultural settings; 2) international development actors (governments, international organizations, hybrid institutions, private foundations, NGOs) and initiatives in the specific context of the post-Soviet space. This includes case studies of development approaches, institutions, programs and practitioners. The course also explores various critiques of international development prominent across social sciences, focusing on perceptions, reception, contestation of and resistance to international development policies in post-Soviet Eurasia.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To look through the theories of international development and understand how they can be applied to present-day international development practice
  • To understand the key ideas, concepts and themes in international development studies drawing on examples from various regions of the world and cultural settings.
  • To explore the various critiques of international development prominent across social sciences to understand the complexity of present-day international development practice.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • learns about key ideas, concepts and themes in international development studies, international development actors and initiatives in the specific context of the post-Soviet space and various critiques of international development prominent across social sciences as well
  • acquires the necessary methodological skills needed to measure the development that will give them an opportunity to assess socio-economic and political situation in the country under consideration
  • is able to analyse the wide range of International Development Initiatives based on the theoretical and methodological suitability and their own preferences. They will be able to write the analytical documents of their choice in several areas of study
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • What is International Development?
    What do we call Development? We will look at development as an interdisciplinary concept contested both theoretically and politically. We will find the origins of development studies in Scottish Enlightenment and works of Marx then turn our attention to Escobar’s encountering development in the post-Bold New Program period and model of stages of growth elaborated by Rostow. We also will look at alternative critiques of the development paradigm that emerged in the mid of 1950-s and developed in the 1970-s.
  • Theories of International Development.
    We will elaborate on different dichotomies to catch up with the progress in development studies: modernization (neoliberalism) v. dependency theory (world-systems theory), postmodernism v. post-development (critical theories), post-colonialism and post-socialism: do they have features in common? During workshops, we also will pay attention to the phenomenon of post-socialism and will try to answer the questions of how post-socialism fits within the modernization paradigm on the one hand and dependency theory on the other.
  • Key ideas, concepts and themes in international development studies.
    A wide range of questions is brought up through this topic. Among them are the following: international aid as development interventions, sustainable development, aid donors, evaluation, effectiveness, resilience, adaptive capacity, good governance, human rights, capability approach, gender and development, debt, climate change and corruption. Special attention will be given to the general analysis of planning and appraising development projects, answering the question of why development projects have failed in many developing countries across the world and whether foreign aid reduces poverty and inequality in developing countries.
  • International development actors and initiatives.
    We will deal with governmental organizations, international organizations, hybrid institutions, private foundations and Non-Governmental Organizations and initiatives. Different types of international development actors will be analyzed throughout the post-soviet experience.
  • International Development Initiatives in post-Soviet countries: case studies.
    The final topic addresses a number of initiatives that are of particular concern to those who are interested in studying how development (or alternatives to development) has evolved in the post-Soviet countries since the USSR collapsed. We will look through environmental sustainability initiatives, security initiatives, social and health policy initiatives and will answer the question of how aid donors in Eurasia have changed their roles in dealing with development issues over time.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Workshop attendance and activities
    The students should read articles/books that the lecturer will ask them to read and answer the lecturer’s questions concerning the content of articles/books while attending the workshop. There is also a need to make at least one presentation on the topic under study.
  • non-blocking Presentation of policy paper
    The student will analyze specific International Development Initiatives throughout post-soviet countries. The grade of the student will be dependent on how students will deliver their presentations. They should not forget that they are making out an argument to a group of students during the policy paper presentation, so it should be persuasive. The presentation of policy paper in specific policy subject will start since the week 8 after finishing the topic on first ID Initiative.
  • non-blocking Final oral examination
    There will be face-to-face conversation with student where the lecturer will ask questions concerning both the course content and his/her policy paper.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.28 * Final oral examination + 0.44 * Presentation of policy paper + 0.28 * Workshop attendance and activities


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Bruce Currie-Alder, Ravi Kanbur, David M. Malone, & Rohinton Medhora. (2014). International Development : Ideas, Experience, and Prospects: Vol. First edition. OUP Oxford.
  • Introduction to international development approaches, actors, and issues ed. by Paul A. Haslam; Jessica Schafer; Pierre Beaudet. (2012).
  • Jean Grugel, & Daniel Hammett. (2016). The Palgrave Handbook of International Development. Palgrave Macmillan.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Andy Pike, Andres Rodriguez-Pose, & John Tomaney. (2011). Handbook of Local and Regional Development. Routledge.
  • Babajanian, B. V. (2005). Bottom Up and Top Down? Community Development in Post-Soviet Armenia: The Social Fund Model. Social Policy & Administration, 39(4), 448–462. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9515.2005.00449.x
  • Border security fencing and wildlife: The end of the transboundary paradigm in Eurasia? (2016). PLOS Biology, 14(6). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.1002483
  • C.M. Hann. (2002). Postsocialism : Ideals, Ideologies and Practices in Eurasia. Routledge.
  • Cooley, A. (2012). Great Games, Local Rules : The New Great Power Contest in Central Asia. New York: OUP Premium. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=503685
  • David Mosse, & David Lewis. (2005). The Aid Effect : Giving and Governing in International Development. Pluto Press.
  • Haan, A. de. (2009). How the Aid Industry Works : An Introduction to International Development. Lynne Rienner Publishers.
  • Jenniver Sehring. (2009). Path Dependencies and Institutional Bricolage in Post-Soviet Water Governance. Water Alternatives, 2(1), 61–81.
  • Jing Gu, Alex Shankland, & Anuradha Chenoy. (2016). The BRICS in International Development. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Kvartiuk, V., & Curtiss, J. (2019). Participatory rural development without participation: Insights from Ukraine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2019.04.002
  • Lerman, Z. (2008). Agricultural Development in Central Asia: A Survey of Uzbekistan, 2007-2008. https://doi.org/10.2747/1539-7216.49.4.481
  • Li, T. (2007). The Will to Improve: Governmentality, Development, and the Practice of Politics. Duke University Press.
  • Mandel, R. (2012). Introduction: Transition to Where? Developing Post-Soviet Space. Slavic Review ; Volume 71, Issue 2, Page 223-233 ; ISSN 0037-6779 2325-7784. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0037677900013590
  • Routledge handbook of international organization ed. by Bob Reinalda. (2013).
  • S. Curry, & J. Weiss. (2000). Project Analysis in Developing Countries: Vol. 2nd ed. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Saltanat Liebert, Stephen E. Condrey, & Dmitry Goncharov. (2013). Public Administration in Post-Communist Countries : Former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe, and Mongolia. Routledge.
  • Scott, J. C. (1998). Seeing Like a State : How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed. Yale University Press.
  • Theocharis N. Grigoriadis. (2015). Aid in Transition : EU Development Cooperation with Russia and Eurasia. Springer.
  • Ulikpan, A., Mirzoev, T., Jimenez, E., Malik, A., & Hill, P. S. (2014). Central Asian Post-Soviet health systems in transition: has different aid engagement produced different outcomes? https://doi.org/10.3402/gha.v7.24978
  • Weiss, J., & Potts, D. (2012). Current Issues in Project Analysis for Development. Edward Elgar Publishing.