State Building and Economic Development


The program is designed to contribute to a more conceptually based understanding of the state-building from a political economy perspective. This program will help students to acquire a good sense of what is actually happening in developing countries and emerging economies and why this experience is important and relevant for Ukraine.


The objectives of the course are to provide a critical and informed understanding of the political economy of economic reforms with particular emphasis on successful post-socialist transitions such as Estonia….

Economy State Building

Brief history of the major states of the economy will be discussed during the course. Singling out and analyzing the factors that have helped or prevented strong economic growth – the main part of the course….


In a fast changing world there is always a lot of debate about the role of leadership in a success of an organization. What is a difference between management and leadership? How to transition from one role to another? How to be an effective person and a leader? How to hire, motivate and retain a group of highly talented and ambitious people? How to improve and be a better leader to keep up with the changing world?

Strategic Thought

The course is designed to teach students to start thinking strategically. It is a course for practitioners, which asks students to think in a disciplined, critical, and creative manner about the geopolitical environment, a range of potential strategies, and their potential intended and unintended outcomes.

State building and democratic transformations

The main theme of the course is the state building process. It provides an overview of various schools of thought on democracy and explores its nexus with state building process. The main question underling the course is on what makes democracies to deliver. Throughout the duration of the course students are encouraged to explore complexity of what constitutes state building process, what are internal as well as external drivers presence or absence of which define its overall success or failure, what is the nexus between institutional development of a state and its successful democratic transformation.

Estonia Reforms. Best practice cases

The analysis of other countries’ experience is often directly or indirectly helpful for policymakers in reaching conclusions and decisions important for their own country. This is possible, above all, if the situations of the corresponding countries have certain common traits (the initial situation, external conditions, e.g. foreign policy background) and if the persons involved can view, besides individual reforms or solutions, the development dynamics of a country in general with its different stages with their own conditions and logic.


The goal of this course is to enable participants to identify the leading drivers of economic growth; cite examples from successful economies; understand how these drivers mutually reinforce one another and factor in elements of social inclusivity and sustainability into growth strategies. The participants will also be able at the end of the sessions to structure a Government Cabinet to achieve these goals by delegating responsibilities, introducing processes of accountability and institutionalizing public-private dialogue.

State Building and Economic Reforms

 ‘Reforms’ are the staple of everyday talk. They are proposed, discussed, praised, protested and… very rarely delivered. Meantime, exactly that – an ability to get things done, defines the difference between a good government and a poor one. All governments are busy; very few have something to show for all that effort. In a nutshell, a reform is a change. A reform in a domain of public policy is a change that has to have a positive tangible impact on the citizens of that given polity.

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