Nov 29, 2021  
Fall 2020 - Summer 2021 Graduate Catalog 
Fall 2020 - Summer 2021 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

POLS 7105 - Global Governance

Although the absence of any overarching political authority characterizes world politics as anarchical, states and other international actors have coordinated their actions over the centuries. This course focuses on such cooperative efforts. It assesses different theories of international relations and discusses why states succeed or fail at creating institutions and rules for global governance and what effects those institutions and rules have. The course examines how international organizations attempt to accomplish cooperation. The major emphasis will be on the experience of the United Nations system. Yet it also takes a closer look at regional and specialized agencies and analyzes a broad range of issue-areas with which these organizations try to deal: collective security, economics, environment, social welfare, and human rights.