Graduate Seminar in
Globalization & Governance
Instructor: Prof. Roland Paris
Office location: FSS 6053
Office hours: By appointment
Traditionally, domestic politics has been viewed as the domain of “government” – in contrast to the relatively “ungoverned” realm of international affairs. This distinction provided a rationale for treating international relations as a separate field of study. It also informed the development of national bureaucracies in which the management of international relations fell to a specialized diplomatic service, leaving most departments and agencies to concentrate on domestic affairs.
Since the end of World War II, however, and particularly since the end of the Cold War, globalization has been eroding the boundary between domestic and international (or global) affairs. On one hand, the globalization of commerce, markets, investment, production, technology, information, communities, criminal networks, pollution and infectious disease has given rise to a growing array of regulatory structures at the international or global level which, in various ways, perform “governance” functions that have historically been associated with the role of the state. At the same time, many traditionally domestic policy areas – from social welfare to environmental policies – are now subject to global pressures and influences.
The purpose of this course is to investigate both of these trends, and, in so doing, to provide students in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs with a better understanding of the growing interconnection between the domestic and the international or global policy realms.
Final Exam (in class)
Each student will write two response papers during the course of the semester. Each paper may be a maximum of seven double-spaced pages (normal fonts and margins). It must be submitted by 12 noon the day before the relevant class meeting. Late papers will be subject to penalties (see the lateness policy, below). Please number your pages, include your name on the first page, and email your papers to me. You will be provided with further instructions in class on writing the response papers.
The midterm exam will cover all the course material up to the date of the exam.
The participation grade in this course is significant. It will be based not only on your involvement in seminar discussions, but also on evidence that you have completed and understood the weekly readings.
The final exam, to be held in class, will take place during the exam period and will cover the entire course. In their exam answers, students will be expected to present their own analysis based on the course materials, and also to refer specifically to relevant course readings. Further information on the final exam will be provided in class.
The required readings for this course consist of ten books and two articles. All ten books have been ordered by the Agora Bookstore (145 Besserer Street).
Scholarly articles are available via the university library’s website. For free access to subscriber-only material, connect to the university’s website from a University of Ottawa-networked computer. For off-campus access, please follow these instructions: http://www.biblio.uottawa.ca/html/Page?node=get-access&lang=en.
Cheating and Plagiarism
Academic fraud – including plagiarism, submitting work that was produced by someone else, or submitting the same work in more than one course – may result in a failing grade for a particular assignment, a failing grade for the course, and/or suspension for various lengths of time or permanent expulsion from the university. The onus is on each student to know and comply with the university’s regulations on academic fraud: http://www.uottawa.ca/governance/regulations.html#r72.
There will be a penalty for late submissions. Exceptions are made only for illness or other serious situations deemed as such by the professor. University regulations require all absences from exams and all late submissions due to illness to be supported by a medical certificate. The Faculty reserves the right to accept or reject the reason put forth if it is not medical. Reasons such as travel, work and errors made while reading the exam schedule are not usually accepted. In the event of an illness or related complications, only the counseling service and the campus clinic (located at 100 Marie-Curie) may issue valid certificates to justify a delay or absence. Each day of late submission will result in a penalty of 5% (weekends included). This also applies to assignments sent by email (in which case the time of receipt of the email by the recipient indicates the time of delivery). Please notify the professor as soon as possible if a religious holiday or event forces your absence during an evaluation.
Jan. 7 GOVERNANCE
Thomas G. Weiss and Rorden Wilkinson, “Rethinking Global Governance? Complexity, Authority, Power, Change,” International Studies Quarterly (2013), published online in advance of print
Jan. 14 GLOBALIZATION
Manfred Steger, Globalization: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 3rd edition, 2013)
Jan Aart Scholte, “Defining Globalization,” World Economy 31:11 (November 2008), pp. 1471‐1502
Jan. 21 GLOBAL GOVERNANCE: AN INTELLECTUAL HISTORY
Mark Mazower, Governing the World: The History of an Idea (Penguin, 2012)
Jan. 28 INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS & BUREAUCRATIC CULTURES
Michael Barnett and Martha Finnemore, Rules for the World: International Organizations in Global Politics (Cornell University Press, 2004)
Feb. 4 TRANSGOVERNMENTAL NETWORKS: PRAGMATIC GOVERNANCE?
Anne-Marie Slaughter, A New World Order (Princeton University Press, 2005)
Feb. 11 MIDTERM EXAM
Feb. 18 NO MEETING (University Break)
Feb. 25 DOES THE “LIBERAL WORLD ORDER" HAVE A FUTURE?
John G. Ikenberry, Liberal Leviathan: The Origins, Crisis, and Transformation of the American World Order (Princeton University Press, 2011)
March 4 TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE & NEW FORMS OF CONFLICT: BEYOND REGULATION?
Peter W. Singer, Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century (Penguin, 2009)
March 11 DIGITAL CONNECTIVITY: GOVERNANCE SOLUTION OR PROBLEM?
Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business (Knopf, 2013)
March 18 IS POWER “DECAYING”? IMPLICATIONS FOR DOMESTIC & GLOBAL GOVERNANCE
Moisés Naím, The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn't What It Used to Be (Basic Books, 2013)
March 25 REGULATORY REGIMES: DON’T GIVE UP ON THE STATE!
Daniel W. Drezner, All Politics is Global: Explaining International Regulatory Regimes (Princeton University Press, 2008)
April 1 CASE STUDY:
GOVERNANCE OF THE ARCTIC
Michael Byers, Who Owns the Arctic? Understanding Sovereignty Disputes in the North (Douglas & McIntyre, 2010)
Final exam date and location: TBC