Accueil > Governing (in) globalization: the comparative and international politics of public policy


Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

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Course Description

The course reviews the major paradigms of comparative politics, public policy and international relations relevant to understand the changing forms of government and leadership in the contemporary world. Governing public as well as private organizations increasingly takes the form of international governance, whereby decision-making unfolds on a multi-level scale and takes a multi-temporal dimension. International Governance is situated at the crossroads between two major areas of social sciences: public policy primarily thought as the conduct of public affairs by national governments, and international relations, for long mainly interpreted as the political interactions among states in the international arena. Contemporary realities however increasingly question this traditional dichotomy between the domestic and external dimensions of government, as well as between power politics and policy management. They also clearly pressure the state, firms and international institutions to adjust or transform their modus operandi. The course reviews the major concepts and controversies needed to analyze political configurations with a wide range of backgrounds, and to map the major processes of change shaping public policy. It identifies the dimensions of globalization relevant for public policy analysis and decision-making, and offers a plurality of perspectives on the context of contemporary government and leadership. It questions the dynamics of political regimes in rich, emerging and poor countries, and how they impact the conditions for cooperation in international governance.


  • BALME, Richard (Professeur des universités à Sciences Po)
  • WICKBERG, Sofia (Doctorante contractuelle)

Pedagogical format

12 x 2-hr class sessions. Lectures with class discussion.

Course validation

A mid-term short essay (3000 words) on a selected scholarly reading or political document (typically a national constitution or international treaty (50%). Final table exam. A 3-hr essay to be chosen between an open question and a commentary based on a document (50%).


2 hrs reading per week. 8-10 hrs writing of the mid-term paper 6 hrs preparation of the final.

Required reading

  • Knill, C. & Tosun, J. (2012) Public Policy. A new introduction. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Spiegel (Steven L.), Matthews (Elisabeth G.), Taw (Jennifer), Williams (Kristen P.), World Politics in a New Era. Oxford University Press 2015

Plans de cours et bibliographies