Botswana as a Small Developmental State – A Case Study

BotswanaThe purpose of this seminar is to introduce students to one of Africa’s so-called “success stories” – Botswana. Students should become familiar with the most important developments since independence in 1966 and how and what policies were introduced to drive development in a former backwater of the British Empire so that the country enjoyed high levels of growth and development.

Ian Taylor, Professor in International Relations and African Politics, University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

Reading material:

1) Ellen Hillbom ‘Botswana: A Development-Oriented Gate-Keeping state’, African Affairs, 111, no. 442, 2011.

2) Ian Taylor ‘Botswana as a ‘Development-Oriented Gate-Keeping State’: A Response’, African Affairs, 111, no. 444, 2012.

3) James Robinson ‘Botswana as a role model for country success’, Research paper / UNU-WIDER, No. 2009.