This 4 MC module takes an inter-disciplinary look at the multifarious concept of “governance” - how resources, issues and groups are organised and managed by a range of actors from the public, private and people sectors. Through a combination of academic work and case studies, the module explores
(i) under what circumstances, and how, governance in the modern world needs to be more “polycentric” – taking place at multiple interlocking levels, including the global, national and local;
(ii) key determinants of success or failure in different instances of polycentricity;
(iii) both the benefits and limitations inherent in polycentric governance arrangements, as well as the challenges and obstacles to achieving greater polycentricity.
By the end of the module, students should:
- understand how “governance”, as distinct from “government”, is a complex concept that encompasses multiple sectors (including governments, businesses and civil society);
- recognise that effective governance of resources, issues and groups requires multiple sectors coming together, often in complex ways that require new ideas on the conceptualisation and implementation of governance;
- critically apply a nuanced understanding of governance to contemporary issues and a personally-chosen topic that will form the basis of a class presentation;
- assess the critical success factors behind different governance modalities and arrangements, in geographies at different developmental stages;
- acquire and apply a vocabulary to debate contemporary issues relating to governance of resources, issues and groups;
- feel confident evaluating current governance arrangements, whether by governments, businesses, communities and other groups/organisations – either as potential practitioners of governance with varying degrees of polycentricity, or as discerning citizens.
Course Provider: Aaron Maniam, Adjunct Lecturer
The course will meet on Saturdays, 2.00 to 6.00 pm.