Politics, Institutions and Development

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course is an introduction to the analysis of public policy and politics in the global world. The approach is comparative (cross-country and cross-time) and will cover mainly western political systems and institutions, but it will also include discussion of a few case studies from developing countries and the Middle East. The main objective of the course is to offer students the conceptual, theoretical and methodological tools to interpret public policies and political outcomes and reforms in the contemporary world. To this purpose, the course will present the fundamental questions concerned with the policy process, will encourage the active participation of students through case studies and class presentations, and will also develop a critical and independent analysis of primary texts and sources.
Expected learning outcomes
The learning outcomes are as follows:
- Excellent knowledge and understanding of the political processes of democratic reforms and the public policy cycle (policy design, formulation, implementation).
-Critical analysis of governance reforms in welfare state policies, with a focus on education policies and health care systems.
- Ability to understand and critically evaluate the functioning of the main political institutions and outcomes (governments, parliaments, electoral systems, administration)
-Ability to apply theories of politics and public policies to specific cases and events in advanced countries, and in developing countries: processes of nation state building, processes of public policy reforms, decision-making and institutional processes, processes of electoral competition and cooperation or competition between the actors that take part in it, formation and dissolution of governments, institutional and administrative capacity and effects of the main political dynamics on socio-economic processes.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Third trimester
If it is not possible to hold the classes and seminars physically in the classrooms, because of the public emergency associated with COVID-19, all teaching activities will continue to be delivered on the Microsoft Teams platform. The lectures and seminars are going to be held regularly on-line. All teaching material (video-recorded lectures, video clips, slides, etc) will be available to students registered for the course on the Microsoft Teams platform. The exams will take place remotely. Also student presentations will take place on Microsoft Teams. The examination process will be subject to changes during the emergency, but students will receive updated information by teachers. Office hours will continue to be offered on-line via Skype. All teachers involved will continue to be available to students.
Prerequisites for admission
Very good knowledge of English
SPS/04 - POLITICAL SCIENCE - University credits: 12
Lessons: 80 hours
Professor: Mattei Paola
Educational website(s)
By previous appointment, on-line with Microsoft Teams. Please email paola.mattei@unimi.it to request an appointment.
Microsoft Teams, on Wednesdays from 8:30 until 11:30