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210170 SE M7: State Activity, Policy and Governance Analyses (2020S)

Transnational Governance

9.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work

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max. 40 participants
Language: English



Schedule summer course on Transnational Governance
Pramergasse 9 Seminarraum 1090 Wien

Monday 8 June 09:45-11:15
Monday 8 June 11:30-13:00
Tuesday 9 June 09:45-11:15
Tuesday 9 June 11:30-13:00
Tuesday 9 June 14:00-15:30
Wednesday 10 June 09:45-11:15
Wednesday 10 June 11:30-13:00
Friday 12 June 09:45-11:15
Friday 12 June 11:30-13:00
Friday 12 June 14:00-15:30
Monday 15 June 09:45-11:15
Monday 15 June 11:30-13:00


Aims, contents and method of the course

This summer course aims to provide an advanced understanding of transnational governance, with a particular focus on its private and hybrid forms. An increasing number of areas of the economy and society are governed by initiatives set up by businesses and/or non-governmental organisations. These forms of governance may or may not be supported by governments and international organisations, with support taking various forms (e.g., co-regulation, recognition, financial support). Examples include environmental certification schemes, carbon offset schemes, global labour standards, credit ratings, and corporate social responsibility in multinational companies. Why have these forms of governance emerged as alternatives and/or complements to public forms of governance? Why have we seen a rise of these forms? How ‘voluntary’ is compliance with the rules and regulations? What are the advantages and disadvantages of these forms of governance? And what are their implications for legitimacy, accountability, transparency and effectiveness? Taking the emerging literature on transnational governance as a starting point, the course will cover the key concepts, theories and issues in the study and practice of transnational governance. We will also apply concepts and theoretical arguments to a wide range of empirical cases, and address the question of how best to study the phenomenon.

Assessment and permitted materials

The course will be assessed in two ways. First,30percentof the overall mark will be assessedby a presentation. You will be asked to present – either individually or as a group (dependingon the number of students taking the course) – in one of the sessions and to submit your an-notated slides. The presentation should not take longer than15minutes. In the presentation,you will apply concepts and theoretical arguments provided in the literature of that sessionto a real-world case of transnational governance. In the process, your audience should getto understand the concepts and arguments better, and should learn more about the case youdiscuss. Please use (PowerPoint or other) slides and circulate these in advance. The annotatedslides should be submitted to the course convenorwithin five working days of your presentation.Second,70percentof the overall mark will be assessed by an essay in which you analysethe emergence of a particular type of transnational governance (e.g., credit rating agencies;transnational environmental standards). The essay should not have more than4,000words.The deadline for the essay isFriday14August2020. Additional guidance will be offered duringthe course.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The course will consist of twelve ninety-minute online sessions. All sessions combine lectureand seminar elements. Short lectures will be used to position the readings in the broaderliterature, whilst the seminar elements consist of presentations, discussions and group work.You are expected to have read the relevant literature before the sessions and to participateactively in the sessions.

Contact detailsDr Christel KoopSenior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Political EconomyE-mail: christel.koop@kcl.ac.uk2

Examination topics

Reading list

You are expected to have read the literature for each session before the start of the session.In order to understand the different views on, and aspects of, the topics that are covered, Irecommend you to focus on the main arguments that are made in the various readings ratherthan on the details provided.

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