Advanced Training in Geopolitics & International Relations - Political Economy of Development
OCP Policy Center, Rabat.
The course deals with the political economy of development. It outlines major development challenges, such as long-term growth trends, development strategies, and the role of the state, demographic change, education, labor markets, oil dependence, water issues and food security. The shift from colonialism to import substituting industrialization to structural adjustment and the proliferation of crony capitalism is used as a historic lens to analyze political contestations around development.
• Understanding different Theories of Development and various schools of thought in Political Economy;
• Acquiring a basic understanding of various stages of economic history, globally and in the MENA region specifically;
• Appreciating the variety of development challenges in the MENA region based on different resource and labor endowments and political traditions;
• Appreciating the importance of the state in development. Study of the examples of developmental states in Asia, their successes and possible drawbacks;
• Understanding the prominent role of agriculture and water and food security in the development process.
Eckart Woertz is senior research fellow at CIDOB, the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs and scientific advisor to the Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po in Paris. Formerly he was a visiting fellow at Princeton University, director of economic studies at the Gulf Research Center in Dubai and worked for banks in Germany and the United Arab Emirates. He teaches at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI) and was KSP visiting professor at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at SciencesPo.