This course focuses on two closely related areas of research that are important to students of contemporary public policy: European and global governance. Whereas European integration implies the emergence of the world’s most intertwined system of multi-level governance, addressing key policy challenges with the help of global governance arrangements has been an inherent feature of public policy-making for long. Yet, since the end of the Cold War, both, expectations towards and contestations of European and global governance mechanisms have become more extreme. On the one hand, European Union supranationalism and its democratisation, as well as global multilateralism and multipolarity have been identified as the only ways to guarantee peace and economic prosperity in a globalized world. On the other hand, the nature and future of global governance is increasingly being brought into question, and so is the European ambition to create an ‘ever closer union’. These diverging expectations surrounding European and global governance necessitate new forms of research and policy engagement.
This course features the European and global dimensions next to each other. Students learn to identify commonalities and differences between research perspectives and key topics in these two domains. This course aims to provide an intensive and critical orientation to European and global governance as a field of scholarly inquiry and applied policy engagement. Reference is made to key conceptual themes and historical background. Students examine theoretical and methodological approaches to, and problems in, European and global governance. Employing a global perspective, the course will draw on a range of analytical perspectives, including those labelled ‘non-Western’, and encourage reflection on research methods and epistemology together with more substantive analytical questions. Employing a European perspective the course shows how scholarship on policy and governance is routed in particular theories of integration and this sub-field of inquiry is informed by different disciplinary traditions. The course discusses whether the European Union is one aspect of wider, evolving shifts in global governance and politics more generally.
The class features different teaching formats such as classic seminar discussion of core themes and research literature, study reviews of major standalone research contributions, and academic practice sessions on teaching and networking within these two sub-fields of study.