Universität Wien FIND

210141 SE EC: The EU and Global Governance (2021W)


5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

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Studierende, die der ersten Einheit unentschuldigt fernbleiben, verlieren ihren Platz in der Lehrveranstaltung.

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max. 50 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Mittwoch 06.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 13.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 20.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 27.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 03.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 10.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 17.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
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Mittwoch 24.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
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Mittwoch 01.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 15.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
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Mittwoch 12.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
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Mittwoch 19.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Mittwoch 26.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This seminar analyses the role of the EU in global context. It specifically focuses on the EU’s influence in the world through regulation – legal and non-legal norms and rules that attempt to address a specific problem. When thinking about global power, regulation is not usually the first thing that comes to mind. Yet, for the EU, it has been a source of major strength. In areas including climate or digital policy, the EU’s rules and norms have shaped policies far beyond its borders. In this seminar, we will explore how and why regulation matters but also explore the limits of the EU’s regulatory power. How does the EU shape the behaviour of major tech giants through the so-called “Brussels effect”? How does the attempt to shape rules beyond its jurisdiction play out in a context of internal and external challenges to the liberal world order?

In three phases, we will identify and analyse the main manifestations and challenges of the EU’s regulatory power in the context of global order.

First, we will introduce and discuss central concepts, such as global governance, European integration, regulation, and power. Second, we will discuss central manifestations of the EU’s regulatory power in the global context, including on digital governance, environmental protection, and foreign policy. Third, we will zoom in on challenges to the regulatory power, including the rise of geopolitics and challenges to the liberal order.

The seminar explores diverse theoretical perspectives, combining insights on regulatory governance from European Studies with literature from International Relations.

Due to the uncertainty of the current public health situation, this will be a hybrid course with synchronous (Webinars and discussions) and asynchronous (Moodle forum discussions, assignments) elements. The class will be divided in groups with a maximum of three to four in-person meetings for those willing and able to come to the university. We will decide on dates for these meetings together in class. Due to the size of the room, the number of people allowed is extremely limited. Online only participation is possible and the main part of the seminar will take place online.

Learning Outcomes

The course aims to introduce students to central dimensions of the EU’s power in the global order. It further provides students with the conceptual tools and analytic skills to pursue their own projects regarding the EU and global governance. At the end of the course, students should be able to

• identify and describe the main sources, manifestations, and challenges of the EU as a regulatory power;

• summarize and critically assess the strengths and weakness of theoretical approaches that grasp the concept of regulation, the position of the EU in global governance, and its relationship to global order;

• apply the insights they gained from these approaches to empirical phenomena in global governance and identify potential political, legal, and social consequences.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Students are expected to participate actively and have prepared the required readings. The grade is based on (a) regular reading and class assignments (50%), (b) the preparation of a research outline and peer review (10%), and (c) the seminar paper (40%).

In detail, this comprises:

• One short input presentation (max. 5 mins per person), including a one-page handout and discussion moderation (20%).
o Presentations should engage with the text rather than summarize it. Stick to a very brief three-sentence summary of the main argument and then relate it to an empirical example or a contrasting argument not extensively discussed in the text. You may draw on additional literature from the further reading, juxtapose the argument to a reading from a different week, or refer to an empirical example, such as a policy proposal or newspaper article on recent events. You may also stage a pro/con debate. Please arrange with the other presenters and upload the handout on Moodle at least 1h before class.

• Reading and class assignments, including forum posts on Moodle, handouts, and group work (30%). Information on the tasks is provided for the individual sessions.

• Research outline, short presentation on the envisioned research topic, and peer review (10%)

• Seminar paper 3.000 words (40%) - Deadline 28 February 2022

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Students need no prior knowledge of academic debates on regulation or the EU as a global actor. A general interest in the topic, basic English language skills, and a broad familiarity with the European Union are sufficient.

Assignments must be handed in on time and respect the standards of good scientific practice. Guidelines by the university on the correct use of literature can be found here (unfortunately only in German): https://politikwissenschaft.univie.ac.at/fileadmin/user_upload/i_politikwissenschaft/SPL/Richtlinien_fuer_die_korrekte_Zitation-Stand_Jaenner_2020.pdf

Helpful guidelines, including on biased language, academic writing, and citations, can also be found on the APA Style Blog: https://apastyle.apa.org/blog/basics-7e-tutorial

It is strongly recommended to use a literature management software, such as Citavi, Endnote, or Zotero. In-text citations and bibliography will be automatically updated according to the chosen style (please still always check and correct the reference section). Writing tips can also be found on https://ctl.univie.ac.at/services-zur-qualitaet-von-studien/wissenschaftliches-schreiben/academic-writing-in-english/
Please also check out the university’s CTL - Center for Teaching and Learning, which has helpful writing support, including individual feedback sessions: https://ctl.univie.ac.at/services-zur-qualitaet-von-studien/wissenschaftliches-schreiben/digitale-angebote-fuer-studierende/ (website is mostly in German, but there are English options).

Attendance Policy
This seminar requires regular attendance, active participation, and the completion of several assignments during term time. Two absences are allowed (not for the first session unless there are valid reasons that have been communicated before the session). For any further absences, with or without a valid excuse, additional written assignments are required. If you want to drop the course, please do so after the first session to allow students from the waiting list to join. Please register via u:space within the registration period! Registration after that period is not possible.

Delivery of all partial assignments is mandatory for a positive grade.


Students are expected to engage with the seminar literature and draw on additional sources from independent research focusing on
• the EU as a global power
• the (liberal) global order
• regulation and regulatory power


Black, J. (2008). Constructing and contesting legitimacy and accountability in polycentric regulatory regimes. Regulation & Governance, 2(2), 137–164.

Börzel, T. A., & Zürn, M. (2021). Contestations of the Liberal International Order: From Liberal Multilateralism to Postnational Liberalism. International Organization, 75(2), 282–305. Cambridge Core.

Bradford, A. (2020). The Brussels effect: How the European Union rules the world. Oxford University Press, USA.

Fahey, E. (2017). The Global Reach of EU Law.

Ikenberry, G. J. (2018). The end of liberal international order? International Affairs, 94(1), 7–23. https://doi.org/10.1093/ia/iix241

Kahler, M., & Lake, D. A. (2009). Economic Integration and Global Governance: Why So Little Supranationalism? In W. Mattli & N. Woods (Eds.), The politics of global regulation (pp. 242–275). Princeton, NJ [u.a.] Princeton Univ. Press,

Kjaer, P. F., & Vetterlein, A. (2018). Regulatory governance: Rules, resistance and responsibility. Contemporary Politics, 24(5), 497–506.

Levi-Faur, D. (2005). The Global Diffusion of Regulatory Capitalism. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 598(1), 12–32.

Matura, T. (2019). China–CEE Trade, Investment and Politics. Europe-Asia Studies, 71(3), 388–407.

Zürn, M. (2017). From constitutional rule to loosely coupled spheres of liquid authority: A reflexive approach. International Theory, 9(2), 261–285.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Fr 12.05.2023 00:19