STM103 Good Governance and Democratization
Pippa Norris DPI-403


John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
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Democratic Governance

FALL 2010



On Monday 4th October we will have a visiting speaker, Professor Jan Teorell, Lunds University, Sweden.

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Professor Teorell is a comparative political scientist and one of the managers of the Quality of Governance dataset at Gothenburg University. Professor Teorell will discuss the challenges of measuring governance, including introducing a new dataset measuring dimensions of bureaucracy. A research paper on the topic of his talk is available here.



You can now download copies of:

(i) An empty report template in Word 2010 which you may want to edit for your first assignment;

(ii) A few examples (A, B and C) of student reports (defined slightly differently) from previous years; and

(iii) Guides to using Stata and SPSS with the QoG datasets. An Excel spreadsheet lists all the variables in the QoG codebook in thematic order. You should download these materials and read them prior to the first lab sessions.

The list of lab participants signed up for each session is available here.

CONTACTS: To email the  course assistant, Chenie Yoon,  click here.

To email the professor for DPI-403, click here

This course provides insights into why democratic governance matters, discusses what performance indicators and analytical benchmarks are available, compares what strategies have commonly been implemented by a range of different agencies, and applies policy recommendations to specific regional cases. It covers the core principles, analytical theories, practical tools, and applied methods useful for understanding these issues.

The primary aims of the course are policy advocacy and analysis. That is, you will sharpen your understanding of the core principles and also develop practical policy recommendations designed to strengthen the institutions and processes of democratic governance. You will also become familiar with benchmarks and indicators suitable to evaluate the impact of any intervention.

The course will use a broadly comparative methodology incorporating quantitative evidence combined with qualitative evidence from a wide range of case studies from developing societies. This class uses a series of exercises/assignments which clminate in team-based collective presentations of policy analysis reports. A shared dataset is also available for part of the assignments. There are no prerequisites for taking the class but some familiarity with Stata or SPSS is recommended.

The course is most suitable for those considering careers in international development, whether working in a foreign affairs or development ministry, consulate or mission for a bilateral donor agency, employed by a national or regional NGO or reform think tank, working for a multilateral or international organization such as the African Union, World Bank, UNDP or other United Nations agency or bureau, or managing an aid agency in a developing country.

Copyright 2004 Pippa Norris, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge MA 02138.

Last updated 12/05/2009