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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SFM0014289, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SU2297, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GOVERNANCE OF LOCAL DEVELOPMENT
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge EKATERINA DOMORENOK SPS/04

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SPS/04 Polticial Science 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 Commissione 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 DOMORENOK EKATERINA (Presidente)
BERTONCIN MARINA (Membro Effettivo)
1 Commissione 2016/17 01/12/2016 30/11/2017 DOMORENOK EKATERINA (Presidente)
FAGGI PIERPAOLO (Membro Effettivo)

Target skills and knowledge: At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to:
- identify main stakeholders and policy-making processes at the local level;
- understand local development policies, distinguishing between policy measures, instruments and resources;
- understand connections between international agendas on development issues and local trends;
- trace institutional and policy links between different levels of governance (global, national, regional, local) in a given policy field.
Examination methods: The evaluation will be based on the following criteria:
For attending students:
- Participation in discussion sessions 40%
- Individual paper 40%
- Final oral exam 20%

For non attending students
- Individual paper 50%
- Final oral exam 50%
Assessment criteria: - Knowledge of theoretical concepts, analytical approaches and case studies dealt with during the lectures and discussion sessions
- Capacity to develop autonomous research on the topics covered by the course
Course unit contents: Over recent decades, significant transformations of local political institutions and policy arenas have had place across the world, being triggered, among other factors, by the process of globalization.
More specifically, the equilibrium between different levels of government has changed and sub-state authorities have been substantially strengthened in many countries. At the same time, the role of market actors and civil society in decision-making has increased and new mechanisms have been introduced to allow for their institutionalized participation.
Such transformations have produce inevitable challenges for the conventional democratic foundations of policy-making, bringing forward questions about new criteria through which legitimacy, accountability, effectiveness and transparency of governance can be guaranteed.
Development policies have been strongly affected by the above dynamics. In fact, governance and regulation matters have been recognized crucial for successful achievement of sustainability objectives and, therefore, institutional reforms have been promoted to improve governance architectures for development, especially at regional and local levels in many countries around the world.
The course aims to provide students with analytical and methodological tools needed for understanding of local policy-making dynamics in a multi-level governance perspective, with particular regards to development policies.
More specifically, the following issues will be dealt with into detail:
- main topics in the current academic and political debate on sustainable development and decentralization;
─ structure and functions of local governments in a comparative perspective;
─ territorial governance reforms (decentralization, devolution, inter-municipal cooperation, etc.)
─ approaches to development policies (top-down vs bottom up, place neutral vs place-based);
─ patterns of local governance: modes and channels of participation of private actors and civil society in local policy-making;
─ governance architecture of the international agenda for sustainable development and its implications for local politics and policies.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is organised into two parts. After a block of lectures, a discussion session is foreseen in order to allow the students to develop a more in-depth knowledge on selected issues
Additional notes about suggested reading: The reference readings of the course are available at the copy centre of the SPGI library (Via del Santo, 28).
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Barca F., McCann Ph., Rodríguez-Pose A., The Case for Regional Development Intervention: Place-based Versus Place-Neutral Approaches. Journal of Regional Science: Volume 52, Issue 1,pp 134–152, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Denters, B. Rose, L. (eds), Comparing Local Governance: Trends and Developments. --: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. Ch.1,3,6,10,14,15
  • Parés M., Martí J.B., Martí-Costa M., Does Participation Really Matter in Urban Regeneration Policies? Exploring Governance Networks in Catalonia (Spain). --: Urban Affairs Review 48(2), pp. 238–271, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Qi Y., Zhang L., Local Environmental Enforcement Constrained by Central–Local Relations in China. --: Environmental Policy and Governance 24, pp.204–215, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Valenzuela J.M., Climate Change Agenda at Subnational Level in Mexico: Policy coordination or policy competition. --: Policy and Governance, 24, pp. 188–203, 2014.
  • Anderson K.P., Ostrom E., Analyzing decentralized resource regimes from a polycentric perspective. --: Policy Science, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo