Full course description
This course will take over from the introductory course to explore in-depth the performance of regional integration organizations in different parts of the world and their different institutional forms. It will study regionalisms in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Africa and North America, in a comparative perspective. Regionalisms will be compared on the basis of their performance, forms and substance. Empirical focus of the course will allow comparing political and economic dimensions of regionalisms. Analysis of the varied institutional dimension of regional cooperation will build bridges to the introductory course on the one hand, and the next course on multi-level governance on the other hand. The course will pay particular attention to methodological aspects of doing comparative research on regionalisms. This course continues with our skills-training series in regional integration: a negotiation skills training that culminates with a multi-day simulation of international negotiations.
The Learning Goals of this course are double: Firstly, the students will be familiarized with the methodological aspects and problems related to the design and development of comparative research projects on regional governance and integration. These include issues related to concepts, typologies, research questions, theories, empirical methods, data etc. Secondly, students will get an overview of how regionalism is actually taking place in different parts of the world across different issue areas.