Global governance

Distances on a world scale are shrinking through the emergence and thickening of networks of connection – a process commonly referred to as globalization. The process is far from complete, with some regions like Europe being highly integrated and other regions lagging behind. Globalization produces discord and requires effective governance beyond the nation-state, that is, processes and institutions, both formal and informal, that guide and constrain the collective activities of groups. What does globalization look like? How does global governance work (or does it)? How can we design effective global governance institutions? How do we ensure that these institutions remain fair and legitimate? Is the European Union a model of globalization or a cautionary tale?

The course gives students a conceptual and thematic overview of global governance, focusing on conceptual lenses to make sense of its structure and possible alternative or supplementary trajectories. As this is a Masters level course, there will be no descriptive introduction to specific organizations or policy fields. Instead, the course is about analytical concepts and broad trends that should be helpful to understand the trajectory and problems of global governance from a political science perspective, while also engaging recent positive and normative scholarship in Comparative Politics, International and Comparative Political Economy, and Political Theory. It focuses on topics that students should know (if only as a background) when dealing with more specific problems later in their studies or in their professional live.

This course is for 1st year MIA students only.


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