POL 201 – State Building; Weekly hours: 2+2, ECTS: 6
This course aims to examine state-building in the contemporary world. The goal of the course is to provide the type of fundamental understanding of state-building that would allow for informed research, writing, and policy-making. Introduction, The fundamentals; Overview; The Concept; The European Experience; Coercion, Organization, and Institutions; Contracting and Capture; Culture, Loyalty, and Social Engineering; Corruption, Informal Institutions, and the Rule of Law; Geography; Chiefs, Tribes, Warlords and Other Rivals; State-Building in a World Dominated by (European) States; Neighbors: Allies, Enemies, and Co-Ethnics; Building States on Foreign Soil; Third-Party State-building in the 21st Century: Can it be done?