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Policy Design and Implementation in Developing Countries
(with Prof. Kenichi Ohno, and Prof. Masumi Shimamura - guest lecturer)
Spring term, Friday, 16:40-18:10

Course Description

Lack of coordination and policy consistency are common features of many developing countries, but some governments solve this problem more effectively than others. This course aims to offer a practical and comparative perspective on policy methodology for government officials engaged in the formulation of growth-oriented development policies.

We will look at concrete international (especially East Asian and African) experiences. We are also interested in transition dynamics from the existing system to the desired system. Our purpose is not just to describe policy problems. We want to analyze the causes and persistence of such problems from institutional viewpoints and by international comparison.

Class is conducted in a small-group setting. The maximum number of students is 10. Each session consists of a presentation of featured ideas by one of the instructors, followed by discussion by all participants. Three instructors take turns in leading the discussion. A special guest is also invited to give a presentation. Text lectures and slides are downloadable from the website (subject to revision and updating at any time).

This course is linked to and uses the results of the GRIPS 21st Century Center of Excellence (COE) Program 2003-2008 on Asian Development Experience and its Transferability, also of the Global COE Program 2008- on Transferability of East Asian Development Strategies and State Building, the research grants by Japanfs Monbukagakusho (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology).

This lecture is offered at National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo

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