Le Grand Syllabus 2016/2017
developments that have gone unrecognized in much of the mainstream literature : the emergence of the Gulf region as main driver of economic development and reform in the MENA region ; the gradual shift of capacities from states to private sectors all across the region, resulting in a new balance of responsibilities and capacities ; and the emergence of new cross-border linkages in the MENA region. The course will analyze the political implications of all these trends. Topics will be divided into two thematic blocs, one focusing on institutions and social structures shaping the region's political economy, the other one on speciﬁc sectors and factors of production, with particular reference to capital and the ﬁnancial sector. Reference to current events, including the current process of regime change in the Arab world, will be made as appropriate. Each session will draw on both speciﬁc case literature and on more general conceptual readings, covering ﬁelds such as the “resource curse” debate, the debate about the state in political economy, class analysis, statebusiness relations, public administration, and factor- and sector-based political economy models. While it will be based on current case studies from the region, the course will impart skills that will be applicable in a non-MENA context. There are a number of sources you should consult regularly to stay abreast of current economic developments in the Middle East region, among them www.gulf-news.com, www.thenational.ae, and www.ameinfo.com. Also regularly check the Foreign Policy Middle East blog, including its back catalogue, which contains very useful analytical reporting and instant academic analysis of recent developments in the region : http ://mideast. foreignpolicy.com/. As the semester progresses, you will also familiarize themselves with websites of international organizations like the IMF, the World Bank, UNCTAD, ESCWA etc. which provide online statistical databases and reports on the region. There is no set textbook for the course and many sources will be available online. You should however consider buying Richards/Waterbury/ Cammett/Diwan, Political Economy of the Middle East (2013 edition) as a sourcebook. While doing your preparatory readings, please try to think through the questions given at the end of 1594
each session's reading list. You're not expected to have ready answers to them, but you'll be expected to be able to discuss them in an informed way. Note that the topics will get increasingly concrete and empirical in the course of the semester, but we will continue to draw on the conceptual foundations laid in the ﬁrst sessions. Detailed readings for the second half of the course will be provided as we go along, as developments in these ﬁelds are unfolding rapidly. Required reading : Richards/Waterbury/Cammett/Diwan, Political Economy of the Middle East (2013 edition) ; Roger Owen, State, Power and Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East, 4th ed., 2004 ; Nazih Ayubi, Over-Stating the Arab State, 1995.
POLITICS AND ECONOMICS OF INTERNATIONAL ENERGY
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Jean-Pierre FAVENNEC (Président), Anton MELARD DE FEUARDENT (Associé Expert économique et ﬁnancier), Tom MOERENHOUT (PhD Student). Prerequisite : None Pedagogical format : Lecture alone Course validation : Quizz, papers (essays) and group work ; mid-term : 40 % of the grade ; ﬁnal : 40 % of the grade ; participation in the course 20%. Workload : Pre readings ; attending the course ; personnal work (1h for 1h course). Course Description : Introduction to Energy. Introduction to the Politics and Economics of International Energy : overview of the main economical and geopolitical issues of the energy business General historical, economical and political aspects of energy : history of energy. organisation of the energy industry. The Upstream Oil Business : general aspects. Energy markets and prices. Oil, gas, uranium : exploration and production of