Non-State Actors and Global Governance (21774). 2 units. What are non-state actors and what role do they play in global governance? How can international politics be understood without an exclusive focus on state-centric theories? How do non-state actors influence international politics and domestic politics? Can we treat all non-state actors as similar in international relations theory? What theoretical framework is most useful to analyze non-state actors? When and how do they matter? Can we understand international politics without attention to non-state actors?
The goal of the course is to explore international relations theory as it pertains to the study of
non-state actors, such as international organizations, transnational corporations, NGOs,
transnational advocacy networks, and terrorist networks. Issues of global governance will be
central. Students will develop a working knowledge of some of the major issue areas
surrounding non-state actors in international relations. In addition, students will complete a 1-
semester research project on a subject of their choice, with some of the course devoted to
research design. Seminar participation and presentations required. Two three-to-five page critiques plus one research paper required. Permission of the instructor required. Also GLBL 902b. S. Hyde.
Note: If you are interested in this course, you should attend the first class meeting to learn whether you are accepted.
Note: This course will follow the Graduate School calendar.