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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. ...
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5 videos (Total: 46 min), 10 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
1. The Promises of Federalism10m
Federalism and Decentralization part 111m
Federalism and Decentralization part 211m
Overview - Federalism and Decentralization: Reflections and Implications7m
Reading10 lecturas
Meet the instructor & his team5m
Syllabus5m
Readings Overview5m
Welcome to Leiden University!5m
Complete our short survey10m
Study tips for studying online5m
Being succesful in an international virtual learning community5m
Behaving in an academic way5m
Readings Module 130m
Transcript10m
Quiz1 ejercicio de práctica
The three promises of federalism20m

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3 horas para completar

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....
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5 videos (Total: 42 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Distribution of Power9m
Multiple Identities9m
Overview - Foundational Issues8m
Weekly Chat: A Message from Beautiful South Africa2m
Reading1 lectura
Readings Module 230m
Quiz1 ejercicio de práctica
Core ideas about federalism20m

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3 horas para completar

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 videos (Total: 44 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Political Foundations13m
Socio-Economic and Socio-Demographic Foundations7m
Overview - Three Scholarly Angles7m
Weekly chat2m
Reading1 lectura
Readings Module 330m
Quiz1 ejercicio de práctica
The building blocks20m

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5 horas para completar

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....
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5 videos (Total: 51 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
Federalism in Ethiopia12m
Federalism in Nigeria9m
Overview7m
Interview with Assefa Fiseha9m
Reading1 lectura
Readings Module 430m
Quiz1 ejercicio de práctica
Federalism in Post-Conflict Societies20m
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por 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.

por MSJul 18th 2017

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

Instructor

Dr. Jan Erk

Fellow, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, (STIAS)

Acerca 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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