This course is discontinued

Syllabus/achievement requirements

Books and compendiums can be bought in Akademika bookstore at Blindern campus. You will need a valid semester card to buy compendiums.


Burnell, Peter and Randall, Vicky, Rakner, Lise (eds) (2017): Politics in the Developing World, New York: Oxford University Press. The new 5th edition

Online access (also available as pdfs on the course site on Canvas):

Banik, D. (2016) ‘The Hungry Nation: Food Policy and Food Politics in India’, Food Ethics 1: 29-45.

Banik, D. and Hansen, A. (2016) ‘The Frontiers of Poverty Reduction in Emerging Asia’, Forum for Development Studies, 43(1): 47-68.

Beeson, M. (2009) ‘Developmental States in East Asia: A Comparison of the Japanese and Chinese Experiences’, Asian Perspective, 33(2): 5-39.

Beeson, M. and Pham, H. H. (2012) ‘Developmentalism with Vietnamese Characteristics: The Persistence of State-led Development in East Asia’, Journal of Contemporary Asia, 42(4): 539-559.

Brinkerhoff, D. W. (2014) ‘State Fragility and Failure as Wicked Problems: Beyond Naming and Taming’, Third World Quarterly, 35:2, 333-344.

Bull, B. (2013) ‘Social Movements and the “Pink Tide” Governments in Latin America: Transformation, Inclusion and Rejection’, in K. Stokke and O. Törnquist (eds) Democratization in the Global South: The importance of Transformative Politics, New York: Palgrave.75-99.

Bøås, M. (2009) ‘“New” Nationalism and Autochthony – Tales of Origin as Political Cleavage’ Africa Spectrum 44(1): 19-38.

Bøås, M. (2015) ‘Crime, Coping, and Resistance in the Mali-Sahel Periphery’, African Security 8(4): 299-319.

Call, C. (2008) ‘The Fallacy of the ‘Failed State’’, Third World Quarterly, 29(8): 1491-1507.

Carter, B. L. (2016) ‘How International Pressure Can Help’, Journal of Democracy 27(3): 36-50.

Cook, S. and Pincus, J. (2014) ‘Poverty, Inequality and Social Protection in Southeast Asia: An Introduction’, Journal of Southeast Asian Economies, 31(1): 1-17.

Doner, R. F., Ritchie, B. K. and Slater, D. (2005) ‘Systematic Vulnerability and the Origins of Developmental States: Northeast and Southeast Asia in Comparative Perspective’, International Organization 59: 327-361.

Fukuda-Parr, S. (2016) ‘From the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals: Shifts in Purpose, Concept, and Politics of Global Goal Setting for Development’, Gender & Development, 24(1): 43-52.

Fukuyama, F. (2015) ‘Why is Democracy Performing So Poorly?’, Journal of Democracy, 26:1: 11-20.

Huber, E. and Niedzwiecki, S. (2015) ‘Emerging Welfare States in Latin America and East Asia’, in Stephan Leibfried et al. (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Transformations of the State, Oxford Handbooks Online

Hunt, S. (2016) ‘Rethinking the Politics of the Shift Left in Latin America: Towards a Relational Approach’, Bulletin of Latin American Research, 35(4): 437–451.

Khan, M.H. (2012) ‘Governance during Social Transformations: Challenges for Africa’, New Political Economy, 17(5): 667-675.

Li, X., Banik, D., Tang, L. and Wu, J. (2014) ‘Difference or Indifference: China's Development Assistance Unpacked’, IDS Bulletin, 45(4): 22-35.

Lynch, M. (2015) ‘How the Media Trashed the Transitions’, Journal of Democracy 26(4): 90-99.

Migdal, J. S. (1998) ‘Vision and Practice: The Leader, the State, and the Transformation of Society’, International Political Science Review, 9(1): 23-41.

Nilsen, M. (2013) ‘Will Democracy Bring Peace to Myanmar?’ International Area Studies Review 16(2): 115–141.

Pei, M. (2016) ‘Transition in China? More Likely than You Think’, Journal of Democracy, 27(4): 5-19.

Robbins, M. (2015) ‘People Still Want Democracy’, Journal of Democracy 26(4): 80-89. 􀀐􀀛􀀜􀀃􀀋

Ross, M. (2006) ‘Is Democracy Good for the Poor?’, American Journal of Political Science 50(4): 860-874.

Roy, O. (2012) ‘The Transformation of the Arab World’, Journal of Democracy 23(3):5-18.

Stephan, A. (2012) ‘Tunisia's Transition and the Twin Tolerations’, Journal of Democracy, 23(2): 89-103.

Teehankee, J. C. and Thompson, M. R. (2016) ‘Electing a Strongman’, Journal of Democracy 27(4): 125-134.

Timberman, D. G. (2016) ‘Elite Democracy Disrupted? Journal of Democracy 27(4): 135-144.

Whaites, A. (2008) ‘States in Development: Understanding State-Building’, DFID working paper,

Yarwood, J. (2016) ‘The Power of Protest’, Journal of Democracy 27(3): 51-60.

Youngs, R. (2015) ‘Exploring “Non-Western” Democracy’, Journal of Democracy 26(4): 140-154.

Zhou, C. and Banik, D. (2014) ‘Access to Justice and Social Unrest in China’s Countryside: Disputes on Land Acquisition and Compensation’, Hague Journal on the Rule of Law 6: 254-275.

Total: 991 p.

Online articles:



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