SP004 | Spring | 6ECTS
The number and scope of international organisations continues to expand so that there are few areas of international politics that are not regulated in some way by an international institution, whether informal norms or formal organisations. Why do states establish institutions and what determines their design and change? Do these institutions merely reflect underlying power and interests? These are some of the questions we will be asking in this course. This seminar will introduce theories of international institutions, assess the value and limitations of these theories for understanding why and how world politics gets organised, and examine applications in security, economic, and environmental policy areas.