85490 - Politics and Development in The Global World

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Ravenna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in International Cooperation on Human Rights and Intercultural Heritage (cod. 9237)

    Also valid for Campus of Bologna
    Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Sciences and Management of Nature (cod. 9257)

Learning outcomes

This course provides the students with key concepts and analytical tools to develop an autonomous, critical understanding of the relation between politics and development dynamics in a global context. At the end of the course, the students are aware of the multifaceted, multidisciplinary nature of development and globalization processes and are familiar with the main approaches and theories to the study of development. They know and are able to take stances in several debates (International political economy literature) relative to the following nexuses: growth-development, institutions-development, social capital-development, war-development, multilateralism-development, inequality-development.

Course contents

This graduate course is articulated in two parts. In the first part the main theories and approaches to the study of development as a multidimensional concept and practice are covered, with particular reference to the IPE and CPE literatures, through the deepening of specific aspects of the politics-development nexus (political institutions-development, social capital-political culture-development, regime transition-development).

In the second part of the course current debates and empirical cases are discussed, in light of theories and concepts examined in Part I, with specific reference to the interaction between aid and development, inequality and development. A special attention is devoted to the roles played by state and non-state actors in the construction and redefinition of global economic governance structures and processes, with a focus on development finance.

Part 1


1.The political economy of development, and the evolution of economic development as a policy objective

2.Development and Dependency

3. Growth, Development and Institutions

4. Democracy, Social Capital Good Governance

Part 2


5. Aid and growth in a global world: the market for aid studies

6. Bretton Woods institutions at 75+: regime complexity, the evolution of deveopment finance and the multilateral fight against poverty

7.Inequality and development: how, where, when and why some have made it and some have not

8. Development policies in a post-pandemic era: lessons learned, priorities and future challenges


Reference books and publications *

- Arndt, H. W. (1987) Economic Development, The History of an Idea, Chicago and London, The University of Chicago Press, trad. It. Lo sviluppo economico, storia di un'idea, Il Mulino, Bologna, 1990.

- Sen, A. (1999) Development as Freedom, Oxford and New York, Oxford University Press.

- Easterly, W. (2006), The White Man's Burden, Oxford University Press, Oxford & New York.

- Murphy, C. (2008) The World Bank and Global Managerialism, London and New York, Routledge

- Milanovic, B. (2011) The Haves and the Have-Nots, New York, Basic Books.

- Açemoglu, D. and Robinson, J. (2012) Why Nations Fail: Origins of Power, Poverty and Prosperity, New York, Crown Publishers (Random House).

- Deaton, A. (2013) The Great Escape, Princeton and Oxford, Princeton University Press.

- Carothers, T. and De Gramont, D. (2013) Development Aid Confronts Politics: The Almost Revolution, Washington, DC, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

- Banerjee, A. and Duflo, E. (2013) Poor economics: Rethinking Poverty and the Ways to End it, Random House

-Baroncelli, E. (2013) 'Eclecticism and the Study of Delegation between Global Governors: The EU, the World Bank, and Trust-Funded Development in SubSaharan Africa', in Rivista Italiana di Politiche Pubbliche 1/2013, pp. 131-0, doi: 10.1483/73161

- Burnell, P. Randall, V. and Lise Rakner (eds) (2017), Politics in the Developing World, V Edition, Oxford and New York, Oxford University Press.

- Piketty, T. (2014) Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Harvard and New York, Cambridge (Mass) and London, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

-Baroncelli, E. (2018) 'The World Bank in the Post-Crisis Landscape: Stasis and Change after the Post-Washington Consensus', in Poletti. A and Raudino. S., Global Economic Governance and Human Development, Routledge, Abingdon, ISBN 9781138049130, pp.56-79.

-Fioretos. O. and Heldt, E. (2019) Legacies and innovations in global economic governance since Bretton Woods, Review of International Political Economy, 26:6, 1089-1111

- Kring, W. and Gallagher, K. (2019) ‘Beyond Bretton Woods? Complementarity & Competition in the International Economic Order’, Special Issue, Development and Change, 50, 1.

- Baroncelli, E. (2019) The European Union, the World Bank and the Policymaking of Aid. Cooperation among Developers, London, Routledge.

- Asatullaeva, Z, Aghdam, RFZ, Ahmad, N, Tashpulatova, L. (2021) ‘The impact of foreign aid on economic development: A systematic literature review and content analysis of the top 50 most influential papers’, Journal of International Development; 33, pp. 717– 751

- Baroncelli. E. (2021) ‘Cooperating through competition: EU challenge and support to the World Bank’s focality in development finance’, Global Policy, 12, S1, pp. 80-89.

- Goodman, S., & Pepinsky, T. (2021). The Exclusionary Foundations of Embedded Liberalism. International Organization, 75(2), 411-439.

- Tourinho, M. (2021) ‘The Co-Constitution of Order’, International Organization, 75(2), 258-281.

* The specific sections to be prepared for each module, on readings drawn from the above list of texts will be indicated by the instructor and posted through Virtuale. Both taught and interactive classes may be supplemented with additional references, provided by the instructor, during classes and/or posted through Virtuale.

Teaching methods

Taught classes, interactive classes, class discussion and debate sessions (if applicable, depending on class size), divided in two modules, with the help of visual tools (ppt and web resources).

As per the current Italian and Unibo health regulations, classes will be delivered in presence. However, students who cannot attend in presence will be able to attend the lessons remotely on MS TEAMS, upon advance notice to the Segreteria and to the Instructor.

Assessment methods

Attending students

The assessment of the acquisition of expected knowledge and abilities by the attending students is based on: 1. Short essay (max 2500 wds, including ftnotes and references, 50% of the grade) 2.Active participation to class discussion (if applicable) and Final oral exam on the Syllabus, worth 50% of the final grade. Classwork organization may be adjusted to attendance rates and health regulations in force - conditions existing right before the beginning of the Course.

The short essay must be based on a topic chosen by the student and previously agreed by the instructor, among the topics covered in the syllabus (1 through 8), along a titled abstract and reference list that shall also be approved in advance by the Professor. The short essay must be emailed to the instructor in either .doc or .pdf format no later than two weeks (15 days) prior to the day of the final oral exam. Essays must bear name-surname-registration number of the Author on page 1 - all pages must be numbered clearly. Essays submitted beyond that deadline will not be marked.

Anti-plagarism controls are performed on submitted essays. Plagiarism voids the exam, and is brought before Unibo competent offices.

The oral exam is articulated through three questions, suggested by the Professor, aimed at testing the student's ability to verbally articulate themes and methods discussed in class, offering the student the opportunity to show her/his ability to critically reassess such material.

Non-attending students

Student who choose not to attend classes will have to cover the same topics and prepare the same readings indicated in the program above (not including class discussions, debates, visual material), and posted through Virtuale.

Non-attending students will also have to submit an essay, following the same guidelines indicated for attending students (see above).

In addition, they will have to prepare in full the following text:

- Baroncelli, E. (2019) The European Union, the World Bank and the Policymaking of Aid. Cooperation among Developers, London, Routledge.

Evaluations for non-attending students will be based on 1. their short essay (worth 50% of the final grade) and on 2. their final oral exam (worth 50% of the final grade). Similar to attending students, non-attending students are required to download study guidelines for the written material assigned, page references and assigned readings as posted through Virtuale. They are not required to prepare on visual materials shown in class/class debates and discussions.


Teaching tools

Taught classes and class discussions-debates are held with the support of audio-visual tools (ppt, web and non-web footages). Interactive tools and inclusive teaching are also employed to enhance class participation.

Office hours

See the website of Eugenia Baroncelli


No poverty Reduced inequalities Peace, justice and strong institutions Partnerships for the goals

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.