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MA PAIR | European & Global Governance


The paradigm of Global Governance describes the rising number of cooperative relationships in international politics – represented by a growing number of international regimes and international organizations as well as of norms an regulations, including often not only state but also non-state actors, such as non-governmental organizations or multinational corporations. Some also describe Global Governance as “governance without government”. This module will deal with changes of the state and their effects on governance in different global policy fields. It will study institutions, actors and policy processes as well as their effects. It will do so based on a host of empirical cases, from disarmament, over forest management to banking rules. Moreover, it will treat the question of authority and legitimacy of such new forms of governance as well as resistance to them. To do so, the module will use existing conceptual and theoretical tools in International Relations and discuss their limits.


Studens will
understand shifts in how the “nation-state” functioned over time,

  • understand and analyze central conceptual and theoretical tools for analyzing global governance;
  • have gained experience in how to apply those conceptual and theoretical tools to empirical cases in a variety of policy fields;
  • understand different cases of global governance arrangements as well as their legitimacy and potential resistance;
  • be able to (critically) evaluate different types of global governance.

Lehrveranstaltungen im Modul

  • Europarecht