Spring 2014

Local Politics in a Globalized World

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-210


Kerry E. Ratigan (Section 01)


[ CP ] [ G, SC - Starting with the class of 2015 ] In recent decades, two competing trends have emerged: the deepening of globalization and increasing decentralization. While globalization has inspired significant debate, decentralization has been accepted with relatively little discussion. Decentralization can take many forms: from federalism to devolution of power in select regions to tasking local government or non-state actors with certain policy responsibilities. This course examines the politics of decentralization and its implications for the state, society, and good governance. We begin by critically examining theoretical approaches to state–society relations and assessing the need to disaggregate the state. Using examples from around the world, we will conduct empirical analyses of local power and politics by analyzing cases ranging from community organizing and local development projects to clientelism and machine politics. Finally, we assess the implications for democracy, good governance, and state–society relations.

Limited to 30 students.  Spring semester.  Professor Ratigan.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to seniors, then to a balance of sophomores and juniors, randomly determined, followed by first-year students and 5-college students


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2014