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 compare regionalisms in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Africa and North America. Regionalisms will be compared on the basis of their organizational 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 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 three. After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Identify institutional dynamics of regional integration in different policy areas;
- Understand and apply the criteria of effectiveness, efficiency, authority as well as legitimacy and accountability in organizational performance of Regional Integration Organizations;
- Design and execute a research project comparing the performance of Regional Integration Organizations by employing basic concepts and typologies, formulate research questions, apply research methods and find original data.