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(WZ2936) Sustainable Development and Regime Type 
Wintersemester 2020/21
Professur für Policy Analysis (Prof. Wurster)
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Course 1 "Sustainable Development and Regime Type": The seminar introduces both the theoretical debate on sustainable development and the discussion about the role political regime type (democracy, autocracy, hybrid regime) play for the sustainability performance of a country. What are the goals of "sustainable development"? Which policy areas have a strong relationship to sustainability? To what extent do countries differ in their "sustainability profile" in various policy areas? What influence does the regime type play in this regard?
The seminar investigates these theoretical and empirical issues in the context of pressing future challenges, such as rising government debt in many countries, growing global competition for innovation, and intensifying global environmental degradation and resource scarcity. The seminar will focus on discussing theoretical approaches to current "sustainability debates" and considering what defines generationally just behavior. In addition, empirically based comparisons of countries under different political leadership will be made looking at several sustainability areas (e.g. economic, financial, educational, research, family, pension, environmental and energy policy).
Class discussion is a core element of the seminars. Therefore, students are expected to take part and contribute to the discussions.
At the conclusion of the module, the students will have basic knowledge on sustainable development, its theoretical and empirical implications and its most important policy fields. The students understand the structure and the functioning of different political regimes and are able to evaluate their impact on the sustainable development of a country. Furthermore, the students are able to: appreciate the purpose of EIA and SEA and their role in the decision-making process; explain the major principles and procedural steps of EIA and SEA; know options for estimating environmental impacts; reflect critically on the strength and limitations of the instruments; communicate findings in class and comment on the work of fellow students.

In the SDRT seminar lectures, presentations and discussions provide students with a basic knowledge on sustainable development and political regime type and allows them to evaluate the performance of different states with regard to their sustainability performance. In the MEA seminar, presentations by students and the lecturers provide the basis for exploring and discussing the concepts, methodology, current practice and potentials of environmental assessment. Class discussions engage students in critical thinking and analysing the scope and limitations of the presented material.
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Anmerkung: Limited number of participants; Priority for SRM students (FOS or EM "Environmental Economics & Policy"). Together with the course "Sustainable Development and Regime Type", the seminar forms the module "Sustainable and Environmental Regulations". Students are expected to take the entire module. Attention: Distribution of seminar topics takes place on one of the first two sessions!
Wintrobe, R. (2000): The Political Economy of Dictatorship, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge; Tremmel, J. (2006): Handbook of intergenerational justice, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham;
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