Global Governance (GL2103)

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This module examines the changing nature of political authority in contemporary world politics. Drawing on what social scientists have to say about international institutions and global governance, it asks critical questions with implications for global order, peace, and justice. To what extent has globalization undermined state sovereignty? Who manages global problems in a post-sovereign world, and by what authority? Through what kinds of institutions and practices are global actors governed? Who and what escapes global governance? How should global problems be managed?
We will take an ‘answer seeking approach’: each week we will pose an overarching question, and then we will explore potential answers. To provide a common theme to our explorations we will adopt a basic framework that poses three ‘problematics’ or 'imperatives' that need to be addressed by any governance structure, organization, law, etc. These ‘problematics’/'imperatives' are: Order, Welfare, and Legitimacy. By exploring how different global governance arrangements address Order, Welfare, and Legitimacy in different ways, we can begin to appreciate the complexity of global governance in both historical and contemporary formations. The most important aspect of this course is that it will provide students with tools with which to think about and analyse global governance, rather than offer an exhaustive compendium of global governance regimes. 
One of the major goals of this module is to de-centre the state and explore the role that various non-state or quasi-state actors play in global governance. States, of course, remain key players on the global stage, but essential to this course is the gaining of a nuanced understanding of the power and the limits of the state in governing global issues. A second significant goal is to illuminate multiple alternatives to current global governance regimes, variously presented as both ‘anti-’ and ‘alter-’ globalization approaches. For example, we will seek to understand the recent ‘Brexit’ and Donald Trump phenomena as forms of ‘anti-globalization’, and the World Social Forums as a form of ‘alter-globalization’. A third key goal of this module is to develop in-depth understanding of some attempts to govern important global issues, such as migration and refugees, the environment, and so on. We will achieve this goal through focused, group research projects and presentations on various case studies in global governance. 

Required book:

E. A. Kolodziej. 2016. Governing Globalization: Challenges for Democracy and Global Society. London: Rowman & Littlefield International.