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CSPO 2545A - Transparency and accountability in post-conflict environment

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Notions of sociology and political sciences are required but most of the concepts will be explained or defined during the class.

Course Description

Accountability and transparency are often not a priority during post-conflict periods with deep consequences on the stability of those transitions. Massive amount of financial and political capital are invested in those transitions with little understanding on their dynamics. The complexity of the question is rarely analysed in a holistic manner, missing to highlight pitfalls and similarities among post-conflict settings. The course proposes a practitioner-oriented analysis of accountability and transparency's roles for the stability and resilience of post-conflict transitions and reconstructions. It will be designed in a way that students will be asked to contribute to the content of some of its sessions and will be associated in generating a possible model to conceptualize this phenomenon. Both practical experiences from the field and theoretic approaches will be used to structure the class. It is important to note that the material produced could be a very valuable source for future policy work.


DELESGUES, Laurent R. (Formateur)

Pedagogical format

The course will be in english. It will be supported by a PowerPoint presentation and cases studies. Students will be divided in groups to make a total of four or five presentations.

Course validation

The students will be evaluated on a group presentation and on one short written test.


It is a 24-hour course. In addition there are some background readings and the preparation of a group presentation, this should represent approximately an additional 24 to 30 hours.

Required reading

  • Order, Conflict, and Violence, Stathis Kalyvas, Cambridge, 2008
  • Violence and Social Orders: A Conceptual Framework for Interpreting Recorded Human History , Douglass. C. North, Cambridge, 2009
  • On War, Clausovitz
  • De la démocratie en Amérique, Alexis de Tocqueville (or translation)
  • International Governance of war-torn territories, rule and reconstruction, Richard Caplan, Oxford University Press