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In this political science course you will learn about the twin concepts of federalism and decentralization. You will develop an understanding of the core ideas that federalism and decentralization rest on, and study the building blocks that make them both work. Following a general overview of both federalism and decentralization, we will examine a number of case-studies from Africa where federalism and decentralization have been changing the continent’s political landscape in the last twenty years, coinciding with unprecedented levels of economic growth. What is federalism and how is it different from decentralization? What are the core ideas behind these concepts? Do federalism and decentralization enhance democracy, governance and diversity? Is that why virtually all countries south of the Sahara are now either federal or decentralized? We will be looking at Africa's track-record in order to answer these questions. By the end of the course, you will have acquired a general knowledge of federalism/decentralization and additional empirical knowledge of a number of African cases. Upon completion you will also acquire the ability to unpack and understand a variety of potential consequences of federalism/decentralization reforms in the developing world....
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Welcome to this course. The Three Promises of Federalism and Decentralization

Great that you are joining us. In this course you will learn about Federalism & Decentralization in Africa. Before you start, we invite you to first go through our intro module and introduce yourself in the forum to meet your fellow learners. If you encounter any difficulties while studying, please let us know in the forum. For technical difficulties or questions regarding the course certificate, you can always contact the Coursera Learner Helpdesk. Good luck & we hope you enjoy studying in this course. In this first module you can also find the introduction video and an exploration of the three promises of Federalism and Decentralization. ...
Reading
5 vidéos (Total 46 min), 10 lectures, 1 quiz
Video5 vidéos
1. The Promises of Federalism10 min
Federalism and Decentralization part 111 min
Federalism and Decentralization part 211 min
Overview - Federalism and Decentralization: Reflections and Implications7 min
Reading10 lectures
Meet the instructor & his team5 min
Syllabus5 min
Readings Overview5 min
Welcome to Leiden University!5 min
Complete our short survey10 min
Study tips for studying online5 min
Being succesful in an international virtual learning community5 min
Behaving in an academic way5 min
Readings Module 130 min
Transcript10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
The three promises of federalism20 min

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Core Ideas in Federalism and Decentralization

This module will cover important concepts such as shared-rule and self-rule, autonomy, multiple identities and distributed authority. Don't forget to keep up with the readings for optimal understanding and application of this week's material. Do you have any questions, statements, remarks or other points you would like to discuss? Do not hesitate to post them in the Discussion Forums and a staff member or other course participants will be able to help you out....
Reading
5 vidéos (Total 42 min), 1 lecture, 1 quiz
Video5 vidéos
Distribution of Power9 min
Multiple Identities9 min
Overview - Foundational Issues8 min
Weekly Chat: A Message from Beautiful South Africa2 min
Reading1 lecture
Readings Module 230 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Core ideas about federalism20 min

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3 heures pour terminer

The Building Blocks of Federalism and Decentralization

In this module we will discuss the various legal, political, and social foundations of federalism and decentralization. As you can see, this topic requires a true interdisciplinary perspective....
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5 vidéos (Total 44 min), 1 lecture, 1 quiz
Video5 vidéos
Political Foundations13 min
Socio-Economic and Socio-Demographic Foundations7 min
Overview - Three Scholarly Angles7 min
Weekly chat2 min
Reading1 lecture
Readings Module 330 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
The building blocks20 min

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Federalism in Post-Conflict Societies

In previous modules, you've learned the theory behind federalism and decentralization, as well as the most important concepts and building blocks, This module, we will look at three case studies to acquire insight into how federalism and decentralization work in practice: Nigeria, South Africa and Ethiopia....
Reading
5 vidéos (Total 51 min), 1 lecture, 2 quiz
Video5 vidéos
Federalism in Ethiopia12 min
Federalism in Nigeria9 min
Overview7 min
Interview with Assefa Fiseha9 min
Reading1 lecture
Readings Module 430 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Federalism in Post-Conflict Societies20 min
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par DBSep 2nd 2017

I truly enjoyed the course on Federalism and Decentralization: Evaluating Africa's Track Record and a big thank you to the entire team.

par MSJul 18th 2017

Proud to be part of this learning space, looking forward for more of your offerings.

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Dr. Jan Erk

Fellow, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, (STIAS)

À propos de Universiteit Leiden

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish. Our motto is: Praesidium Libertatis — Bastion of Liberty....

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