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Queen's University

Centre for International and Defence Policy

    MPA 855 / POLS 867: Approaches to Global Governance
    Fall 2012

    Thursdays 2:30 - 5:20 pm
    Robert Sutherland Room 137






    Charles Pentland

    Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room C424


    Tuesdays 2:00-4:00 (or by appointment)

    This course is an exploration of the theory and practice of global governance, tracing the emergence of the concept in modern international relations, addressing the academic and public-policy debates to which it has given rise, and assessing its application in the design and work of selected international institutions.

    The seminar sets the discourse and practice of global governance in the context of broader developments in international relations since World War II. It examines institutions and processes of governance in three broad fields of international policy – peace and security, the global economy, and the environment. By preparing presentations and papers, each student will be expected to acquire in-depth knowledge of one policy issue-area in at least two of those fields, for example, nuclear non-proliferation in the peace-and-security field, and IMF reform in the economic field.

    Discussion of substantive areas of international governance will be driven by questions about the nature and implications of globalization, the foundations of international cooperation, the optimal design of institutions, the prospects for sovereignty and the state system, and the balance to be sought among such normative concerns as effective management, democracy, distributive justice, and international order.


    Requirements and Marking Scheme:

    Each student will make a presentation (15-20 minutes) to the seminar in one of policy fields identified in the syllabus. Please note: The object is not to summarize the required readings, but to identify and comment on the significant issues raised in them, and in further readings on the topic selected in consultation with the instructor.

    A paper, 10-12 pages in length, based on the presentation, on the ensuing discussion in class, and on further research and reflection, is due two weeks from the date of the presentation.

    Students will also be required to prepare a review-essay of 10-12 pages, based on a book from a list that will be provided. The essay is due one week after the last class of the term.

    Ten points are allotted for participation in class. The final examination will consist of two essays, to be written in two hours. One essay will be a choice of three topics; the other, on a broader theme, will be compulsory.

    Class presentation

    Presentation paper

    Review essay


    Final examination



      20  - due two weeks after presentation

      20  - due Friday, December 7






    Articles and other selections listed as required readings are available for download here, as well as journal articles are also directly accessible electronically through the Stauffer Library site.


    Weekly Topics:

    I The international system: anarchy and order

    The Westphalian state system

    Krasner, S., "Rethinking the Sovereign State Model", Review of International Studies, December 2001

    Cooper, R., The Breaking of Nations, 3-37


    Issues in the development of international institutions

    Cronin, B., "The Two Faces of the UN: the Tension between Intergovernmentalism and Transnationalism", Global Governance, January – March 2002

    Slaughter, A., "Security, Solidarity and Sovereignty: The Grand Themes of UN Reform", American Journal of International Law, July 2005

    II Governing a globalizing world

    Globalization and its forms

    Hoffmann, S., "Clash of Globalizations", Foreign Affairs, July-August 2002

    Garrett, G., "Global Markets and National Politics: Collision Course or Virtuous Circle?", International Organization, Autumn 1998

    Goldgeier, J. and M. McFaul, "A Tale of Two Worlds: Core and Periphery in the Post-Cold War World", International Organization, Spring 1992


    Issues of governance

    Woods, N., "Good Governance in International Organizations", Global Governance, January-March 1999

    Nye, J., "Globalization's Democratic Deficit", Foreign Affairs, July-August 2001

    Moore, M., "Globalization and Democracy: Institutional Design for Global Institutions", Journal of Social Philosophy, Spring 2006

    III Security regimes: managing international conflict

    Security regimes during the Cold War

    Jervis, R., "Security Regimes", International Organization, Spring 1982

    Stein, J., "Detection and Defection: Security Regimes and the Management of International Conflict", International Journal, Autumn 1985

    Cockayne, J. and D. Malone, "Peace Operations Then and Now", Global Governance, July 2005


    Security and conflict management after the Cold War

    Boulden, J., "Double Standards, Distance and Disengagement: Collective Legitimization in the Post-Cold War Security Council", Security Dialogue, September 2006

    Romaniuk, P., "Institutions as Swords and Shields: Multilateral Counter-Terrorism Since 9/11", Review of International Studies, July 2010

    Doyle, M., "Building Peace", Global Governance, January 2007

    IV Security regimes: arms control

    Classic arms control – the Cold War agenda

    Bennett, A., "Controlling the Instruments of War", in Bennett, International Organizations: Principles and Issues (4th ed.), ch. 9

    May, M., "The US-Soviet Approach to Nuclear Weapons", International Security, Spring 1985

    Cirincione, J., "The NPT and the Nuclear Balance", Current History, May 1995


    Post-Cold War arms control

    Krause, K., "Multilateral Diplomacy, Norm-Building and UN Conferences: The Case of Small Arms and Light Weapons", Global Governance, April-June 2002

    Mathews, J., "Weapons of Mass Destruction and the UN", Global Governance, July-Sept. 2004

    Thränert, O., "Would We Really Miss the NPT?", International Journal, Spring 2008

    V Human security

    Human-rights regimes

    Forsythe, D., "The UN and Human Rights at Fifty: an Incremental but Incomplete Revolution", Global Governance, Sept.-Dec. 1995

    Franck, T., "Are Human Rights Universal?",  Foreign Affairs, Jan.-Feb. 2001

    Terlingen, Y., "The Human Rights Council: a New Era in UN Human Rights Work?", Ethics and International Affairs, Summer 2007


    Humanitarian intervention

    Bellamy, A., "Whither the Responsibility to Protect? Humanitarian Intervention and the 2005 World Summit", Ethics and International Affairs, June 2006

    Belloni, R., "The Trouble with Humanitarianism", Review of International Studies, July 2007

    Bellamy, A. and P. Williams, "The New Politics of Protection: Côte d’Ivoire, Libya and The Responsibility to Protect”, International Affairs, July 2011

    VI Managing the global economy: trade

    The trade regime from the GATT to the WTO

    Winham, G., "GATT and the International Trade Regime", International Journal, Autumn 1990

    Steinberg, R., "In the Shadow of Law or Power? Consensus-Based Bargaining in the GATT/WTO", International Organization, Spring 2002


    Current trade issues

    Higgott, R. and E. Erman, "Deliberative Global Governance and the Question of Legitimacy: What Can We Learn from the WTO?", Review of International Studies, April 2010

    Curtis, J. "The World Trading System: Doha and Beyond", Behind the Headlines, March 2008

    Schwab, S., "After Doha", Foreign Affairs, May-June 2011

    VII Managing the global economy: financial institutions

    The Bretton Woods system and after

    Pauly, L., "The Political Foundations of Multilateral Economic Surveillance", International Journal, Spring 1992

    Payne, A., "The G8 in a Changing Global Order", International Affairs, May 2008


    International financial institutions - current issues

    Cohen, B., "The International Monetary System: Diffusion and Ambiguity", International Affairs, May 2008

    Helleiner, E., "A Bretton Woods Moment? The 2007-8 Crisis and the Future of Global Finance", International Affairs, May 2010

    Beeson, M. and S. Bell, "The G20 and International Economic Governance: Hegemony, Collectivism, or Both?", Global Governance, January-March 2009

    VIII Development

    Multilateral development institutions

    Therien, J., "Multilateral Institutions and the Poverty Debate", International Journal, Spring 2002

    Stiglitz, J., "Democratizing the IMF and the World Bank: Governance and Accountability", Governance, January 2003

    Mallaby, S., "Saving the World Bank", Foreign Affairs, May-June 2005


    Issues of economic justice

    Kapstein, E., "Models of International Economic Justice", Ethics and International Affairs, July 2004

    Birdsall, N. et al, "How to Help Poor Countries", Foreign Affairs, July-August 2005

    Kokaz, N., "Poverty and Global Justice", Ethics and International Affairs, September 2007

    IX Managing the global environment

    The global environmental regime: Stockholm to Rio

    Litfin, K., "Sovereignty in World Ecopolitics", Mershon International Studies Review, November 1997

    Bodansky, D., "The Legitimacy of International Governance: A Coming Challenge for International Environmental Law", American Journal of International Law, July 1999

    Haas, P., "UN Conferences: the Constructivist Governance of the Environment", Global Governance, January - March 2002


    Environment and development

    Biermann, F., "Institutions for Scientific Advice: Global Environmental Assessments and Their Influence in Developing Countries", Global Governance, April-June 2002

    Jotzo, F. "Developing Countries and the Future of the Kyoto Protocol", Global Change, Peace and Security, February 2005

    Matthew, R. and A. Hammill, "Sustainable Development and Climate Change", International Affairs, November 2009

    X Environment: the oceans and the atmosphere

    The law of the sea

    Allison, E., "Big Laws, Small Catches: Global Oceans Governance and the Fisheries Crisis", Journal of International Development, October 2001

    Swing, J., "What Future for the Oceans?", Foreign Affairs, September–October 2003

    Rothwell, D., "Building on the Strengths and Addressing the Challenges: The Role of the Law of the Sea Institutions", Ocean Development and International Law, April-June 2004


    The atmosphere: ozone layer and climate change

    Haas, P., "Banning CFCs: Epistemic Community Efforts to Protect Atmospheric Ozone", International Organization, Winter 1992

    Levi, M., "Copenhagen's Inconvenient Truth: How to Challenge the Climate Conference", Foreign Affairs, September-October 2009

    Dimitrov, R., "Inside Copenhagen: the State of Climate Governance", Global Environmental Politics, February 2010

    XI Health, technology, culture

    The global health regime

    Garrett, L. "The Lessons of HIV/AIDS", Foreign Affairs, July-August 2005

    Thomas, C. and M. Weber, "The Politics of Global Health Governance: Whatever Happened to 'Health for all by the Year 2000'?", Global Governance, April 2004

    Lee, K. and R. Dodgson, "Globalization and Cholera: Implications for Global Governance", Global Governance, April-June 2000


    Communications and culture

    Manjikian, M., "From Global Village to Virtual Battlespace: the Colonizing of the Internet and the Extension of Realpolitik", International Studies Quarterly, June 2010

    Deibert, R. and M. Crete-Nishihata, “Global Governance and the Spread of Cyberspace Controls”, Global Governance, July-September 2012

    Azzi, S., "Negotiating Cultural Space in the Global Economy: the US, UNESCO and the Convention on Cultural Diversity", International Journal, Summer 2005

    XII Global governance: models, scenarios, prospects

    Theoretical perspectives reconsidered

    Buchanan, A. and R. Keohane, "The Legitimacy of Global Governance Institutions", Ethics and International Affairs, December 2006

    Dingwerth, K. and P. Pattberg, "Global Governance as a Perspective on World Politics", Global Governance, April 2006



    Wolf, M. "Will the Nation-State Survive Globalization?",  Foreign Affairs, January–February 2001

    Mann, M., "Has Globalization Ended the Rise and Rise of the Nation-State?", Review of International Political Economy, Autumn 1997

    Halliday, F., "Global Governance: Prospects and Problems", Citizenship Studies, 2000


    Robert Sutherland Hall, Ste 403
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