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Course 2007-2008 a.y.



Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 31

CLEA (6 credits - I sem. - RR) - CLAPI (6 credits - I sem. - RR) - CLEFIN (6 credits - I sem. - AI) - CLELI (6 credits - I sem. - AI) - CLEACC (6 credits - I sem. - AI) - DES (6 credits - I sem. - AI) - CLEMIT (6 credits - I sem. - AI) - DIEM (6 credits - I sem. - RR) - CLSG (6 credits - I sem. - AI)
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Classes: 31 (I sem.)

Course Objectives

Globalization has generated problems that are beyond the scope and competence of national governments. Although the current challenges of globalization have exposed the inadequacies of international organizations, they are also prompting innovation and the development of new forms of governance linking national and international levels. The purpose of this course is to examine the common issues and management responses being made to emerging problems by international and supranational organizations such as the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, the various agencies of the United Nations and the supranational institutions of the European Union. As well as case studies, the course uses a comparative approach to look at management processes and structures including the development of international regimes and the way the linkages between national and international levels contribute to policy formulation and implementation.

Course Content Summary

The main topics covered by the course are as follows:

  • The changing environment of international organizations. Globalization: definitions, trends and issues
  • Globalization and governance
  • A comparative framework for analysing similarities and differences among international organizations
  • Models of decision-making and negotiation in multi-level governance
  • Managing interdependence at the international level; partnerships and regimes
  • Coordination in international policy management
  • The institutions and policy processes of the European Union
  • The EU: supranational or intergovernmental? The institutions and policy processes of the European Union
  • Reform of the European Commission and European governance
  • Innovation and reform in European public management. Cases (European System of Central Banks; European Investment Bank; European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; Structural Funds; the Common Agricultural Policy)
  • The United Nations system: institutions, agencies, programs and funds
  • The United Nations: management system (focus on the Secretariat)
  • The management of projects of cooperation to development
  • Managing the links between national governments and inernational institutions
  • Policy transfer in public management at the national and international levels

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

Attending students
The exam will be split in two written partial exams, taking place respectively in November (1st partial exam) and in January (2nd partial exam). Partial exams feature both compulsory and optional questions. The final mark will be the average of the two parts.
Attending students will have the opportunity to complete group projects.  The evaluation of the project enables students to add points to the mark achieved for the written examination. Participation in the projects is optional. Students must complete the exam before July 2008 to have the marks for the project included in their results.

Non-attending students
For these students exams will be written (January session) or oral (the other session) and feature compulsory questions only.

  •  Management of international and supranational organisations, Course Collection, EGEA, 2007.
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