Full course description
This course will take over from the introductory course to explore in-depth the performance of regional integration organisations in different parts of the world and their different institutional forms. It will compare regionalisms in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Africa, and North America. Regionalisms will be compared and evaluated on the basis of their organisational performance, forms, and substance. Empirical focus of the course will allow comparing security, political, human rights, 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 concepts and methodologies developed and applied by different International Organisations (OECD, EU, World Bank) to evaluate organisational capacity and performance as well as development activities.
This course aims at deepening the knowledge of institutional aspects of regional integration around the world and developing analytical skills of evaluating institutional performance in international context. After completing this course, students should be able to:
1) Understand institutional dynamics of regional integration to be able to evaluate professionally performance of Regional Integration Organisations (RIOs) in political, security, and economic policy areas;
2) Design and explain research project of the evaluation of performance by applying the criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and impact;
3) Execute and report an empirical evaluation of the institutional performance of RIOs by applying appropriate research methods to collect and analyse necessary data,
4) Employ appropriate comparative methods to draw conclusions and lessons from comparison of evidence-based evaluations; and
5) Prepare actionable policy recommendations for improvement of organisational performance based on evidence-based evaluation.