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OBME 2110 - Advanced Research Workshop in International Governance

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Voir les plans de cours et bibliographies


Basic knowledge of social sciences methods. (e.g. Introduction to social sciences, methodology, or research paper at the undergraduate level).

Course Description

The seminar is intended to be a teaching for students preparing to write a thesis at PSIA, or planning to apply for a PhD program later on. It provides some fundamental readings in political science to map the fields of international relations, international political economy, international governance and global public policyaudrey. It also helps students to identify the key approaches and controversies in these different fields, including rational choice, organizational theory, neo-institutionalism, constructivism and interpretivism. The course supports students in developing their own research questions and research design by presenting their results and developing their interpretations in reference with the academic literature.


BALME, Richard (Professeur des universités à Sciences Po)

Pedagogical format

Mostly class discussion.

Course validation

Students are expected: to make a short presentation of their own research in class (30%) ; to serve as discussant of readings in one of the class sessions (30%) ; to turn in a brief literature review in their area of research at the end of the class (40%).


Reasonable. Readings and discussions in students' area of research.

Required reading

Peter Burnham, Karin Gilland, Wyn Grant, Research Methods in Politics, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008

Additional required reading

  • Lewis(Jane), Ritchie (Jane), Qualitative Research Practice. London, Sage, 2003
  • De Vaus (Daniel), Research Design in Social Research. London, Sage, 2001
  • Christian Reus-Smit and Duncan Snidal The Oxford Handbook of International Relations. Oxford University Press, 2009
  • Michael Moran, Martin rein, Robert. Goodin, The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy. Oxford University Press, 2009
  • David Marsh, Gerry Stoker, Theory and Methods in Political Science. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010

Plans de cours et bibliographies

Session 1: Political Theory and Political Research
Required readings:

  • “The philosophy and Principles of Research”, CH3 in Roger Pierce, Research Methods in Political Science, Sage, 2008.

Session 2: Research Design
Required readings:

  • “Qualitative versus quantitative: a relevant argument?”, CH4 in Roger Pierce, Research Methods in Political Science, Sage, 2008.

Session 3: Comparative Methodology
Required readings:

  • Ch. 3 “Comparative Methods” in P. Burnham and al., Research Methods in Politics. Palgrave.

Session 4: International Political Economy
Required readings:

  • David Lake, “International Political Economy. A Maturing Discipline”, Oxford Handbook of Political Economy, 2008.

Session 5: International Relations
Required readings:

  • D. Snidal and C. Reus Smit,  “Overview of International Relations” in Oxford Handbook of Political Science, edited by J. Goodin.

Session 6: Policy Analysis
Required readings:

  • M. Kraft and S. Furlong, Public Policy, Ch. 3 and 5.

Session 7: New Institutionalism
Required readings:

  • J. March, J.P. Olsen, “Elaborating the New Institutionalism”. In R. Goodin, Oxford Handbook of Political Science.

Session 8: Qualitative Research
Required readings:

  • Ch. 3 in J. Lewis, Qualitative Research, Sage.

Session 9: History
Required readings:

  • C. Tilly “Why and How History Matters”. Oxford Handbook of Political Science.

Session 10: Content and Discourse Analysis
Required readings:

  • Ch. 18 and 19 in R. Pierce, Research Methods in Political Science, Sage, 2008.

Session 11: Assessing Published Research
Required readings:

  • Ch. 6 and 8, in R. Pierce, Research Methods in Political Science, Sage, 2008.

Session 12: Writing your Research
Required readings:

  • Ch 20 in R. Pierce, Research Methods in Political Science, Sage, 2008.

Biographical Information

Richard Balme is Professor at Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs and Centre for European Studies. He teaches global public policy, comparative politics and policy analysis. Among his publications are European Governance and Democracy: Power and Protest in the European Union, (with D. Chabanet, Rowman and Littlefield 2008) and Europe-Asia Relations: Building Multilateralisms, (with B. Bridges, Palgrave, 2008). His recent research interests are focused on comparative environmental and climate governance, particularly in Europe and in China.