Global Governance and Regulation: Actors and Processes

Thomas Biersteker

IA095 | Autumn | 6ECTS

As global interdependence has expanded, structures of international and transnational governance have become ever more complex. This course provides an introduction to governance institutions, structures, and forms and the actors and processes engaged in them. It situates global governance historically by tracing earlier attempts at regulating global affairs, and it analyzes different contemporary settings for regulation, ranging from formal international organizations and courts to transnational governance initiatives, informal forms of governance, and multi-stakeholder initiatives involving both public and private actors. It explores the ways in which these different fora establish and maintain authority, their varying relations with governments and transnational actors, and the challenges they face from competing institutions, political mobilizations, domestic political processes, as well as litigation. The governance of different issue domains (trade, health, the environment and security) will be explored over time, and the course will conclude with a comparison and critique of different governance forms.