GV212-5-AU-CO:
International Organisations

The details
2021/22
Government
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Thursday 07 October 2021
Friday 17 December 2021
15
31 March 2021

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

BA R9L2 European Studies with Politics,
BA R9L8 European Studies with Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BSC L222 Politics and International Relations,
BSC L223 Politics and International Relations (Including Year Abroad),
BSC L224 Politics and International Relations (Including Placement Year),
BA L212 Global Politics,
BA L213 Global Politics (including Placement Year),
BA L214 Global Politics (including Year Abroad)

Module description

This course offers a comprehensive overview of the role of international institutions in promoting international cooperation. The course assumes and builds upon students’ prior understanding of theories of international relations and of international politics.

The module is designed around the following question: Do international institutions promote international cooperation? In particular, the course analyzes the main challenges to international cooperation, and how international organizations (IOs) can help to overcome them. To answer this question, the module relies on three pillars: First, it introduces a set of theories to help understanding cooperation among states. Second, it applies these theories to the analysis of some of the most important IOs. Finally, the last part of the module reviews the effects of IOs both on the behaviour of states, and on international markets.

By the end of the module, the students should be able to: (i) understand and identify the central problems for cooperation in an anarchic world; (ii) identify and explain key concepts for the analysis of international institutions; (iii) use theories to analyze the role of international institutions in world politics; (iv) demonstrate analytical and critical thinking skills when analyzing political phenomena.

Module aims

The main aim of this module is to teach students to think and write critically about International Organisations using theories and methods of political science. Students will develop the ability to think and make reasoned arguments using positive theories and supported by the best available empirical evidence. These aims, and objectives are achieved through a variety of teaching and learning strategies such as lectures, in-depth seminar sessions, reflective presentations and independently produced assignments.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, the students should be able to:

(i) identify the main approaches, concepts, and methods employed in the study of IOs;
(ii) use theories to explain the causes and effects of international cooperation;
(iii) demonstrate analytical and critical thinking skills when analyzing political phenomena.

Throughout the module, we will work on strengthening the following skills: critical thinking (based on careful reading of class materials, and their application to cases and examples), argumentation, and written and oral presentations.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

This is a 10-week module. This module will be delivered with (i) a weekly pre-recorded lecture and (ii) a weekly interactive seminar. The pre-recorded lecture will consist of one or more items of prepared content that students can access electronically and must study before the interactive seminar. The interactive lecture will consist of one 50-minute seminar in which students can ask questions about, and discuss various aspects of, the prepared content with the module supervisor. Students will be encouraged (and expected) to submit questions electronically before the interactive lecture.

Bibliography

  • Bearce, David H.; Bondanella, Stacy. (2007-10) 'Intergovernmental Organizations, Socialization, and Member-State Interest Convergence', in International Organization. vol. 61 (04)
  • CHAPMAN, TERRENCE L.; CHAUDOIN, STEPHEN. (2013-06) 'Ratification Patterns and the International Criminal Court', in International Studies Quarterly. vol. 57 (2) , pp.400-409
  • Drezner, Daniel W. (2000-1-10) 'Bargaining, Enforcement, and Multilateral Sanctions: When Is Cooperation Counterproductive?', in International Organization. vol. 54 (1) , pp.73-102
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  • McGillivray, Fiona; Smith, Alastair. (2000-10-1) 'Trust and Cooperation Through Agent-specific Punishments', in International Organization. vol. 54 (4) , pp.809-824
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  • Hemmer, Christopher; Katzenstein, Peter J. (2002-8-30) 'Why is There No NATO in Asia? Collective Identity, Regionalism, and the Origins of Multilateralism', in International Organization. vol. 56 (3) , pp.575-607
  • Gilligan, Michael J. (2006-10) 'Is Enforcement Necessary for Effectiveness? A Model of the International Criminal Regime', in International Organization. vol. 60 (04)
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  • Barnett, Michael N.; Finnemore, Martha. (1999-9) 'The Politics, Power, and Pathologies of International Organizations', in International Organization. vol. 53 (04) , pp.699-732
  • Böhmelt, Tobias; Pilster, Ulrich H. (2010-06) 'International Environmental Regimes: Legalisation, Flexibility and Effectiveness', in Australian Journal of Political Science. vol. 45 (2) , pp.245-260
  • Vreeland, James Raymond1 james.vreeland@yale.edu. (2008) 'Political Institutions and Human Rights: Why Dictatorships Enter into the United Nations Convention Against Torture.', in International Organization. vol. 62 (Issue 1) , pp.65-101
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  • Chayes, Abram; Chayes, Antonia Handler. (1993-3) 'On compliance', in International Organization. vol. 47 (02) , pp.175-
  • Chittharanjan Felix Amerasinghe. (2005) Principles of the institutional law of international organizations, New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • W. Abbott, Kenneth; Keohane, Robert O.; Moravcsik, Andrew; Slaughter, Anne-Marie; Snidal, Duncan. (2000-6-1) 'The Concept of Legalization', in International Organization. vol. 54 (3) , pp.401-419
  • Hawkins, Darren G; Lake, David A; Nielson, Daniel L; Tierney, Michael J. (2006) 'Delegation under Anarchy: States, International Organizations, and Principal-Agent Theory', in Delegation and agency in international organizations, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Carlsnaes, Walter; Risse-Kappen, Thomas; Simmons, Beth A. (2013) Handbook of international relations, London: SAGE.
  • Hawkins, Darren. (2004-12) 'Explaining Costly International Institutions: Persuasion and Enforceable Human Rights Norms', in International Studies Quarterly. vol. 48 (4) , pp.779-804
  • LEBOVIC, JAMES H.; VOETEN, ERIK. (2006-12) 'The Politics of Shame: The Condemnation of Country Human Rights Practices in the UNCHR', in International Studies Quarterly. vol. 50 (4) , pp.861-888
  • Neumayer, Eric. (2005-12) 'Do International Human Rights Treaties Improve Respect for Human Rights?', in Journal of Conflict Resolution. vol. 49 (6) , pp.925-953
  • Goldstein, Judith L.; Rivers, Douglas; Tomz, Michael. (2007-1) 'Institutions in International Relations: Understanding the Effects of the GATT and the WTO on World Trade', in International Organization. vol. 61 (01)
  • Rose, Andrew K. (no date) 'Do We Really Know That the WTO Increases Trade?', in American Economic Review. vol. 94 (1) , pp.98-114
  • Abbott, Kenneth W.; Snidal, Duncan. (1998-02) 'Why States Act through Formal International Organizations', in Journal of Conflict Resolution. vol. 42 (1) , pp.3-32
  • Jana Von Stein. (no date) 'Do Treaties Constrain or Screen? Selection Bias and Treaty Compliance', in The American Political Science Review: American Political Science Association.
  • Wendt, Alexander. (2001-10-1) 'Driving with the Rearview Mirror: On the Rational Science of Institutional Design', in International Organization. vol. 55 (4) , pp.1019-1049
  • Beth A. Simmons and Daniel J. Hopkins. (2005) 'The Constraining Power of International Treaties: Theory and Methods', in The American Political Science Review: American Political Science Association.
  • Finnemore, Martha; Toope, Stephen J. (2001-9-1) 'Alternatives to "Legalization": Richer Views of Law and Politics', in International Organization. vol. 55 (3) , pp.743-758
  • Kahler, Miles. (2000-6-1) 'Conclusion: The Causes and Consequences of Legalization', in International Organization. vol. 54 (3) , pp.661-683
  • Voeten, Erik. (2005-7) 'The Political Origins of the UN Security Council's Ability to Legitimize the Use of Force', in International Organization. vol. 59 (03)
  • Mansfield, Edward D.; Milner, Helen V.; Rosendorff, B. Peter. (2002-8-30) 'Why Democracies Cooperate More: Electoral Control and International Trade Agreements', in International Organization. vol. 56 (3) , pp.477-513
  • Hawkins, Darren G. (2006) Delegation and agency in international organizations, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • (2010) 'Master or Servant? Common Agency and the Political Economy of IMF Lending.', in International Studies Quarterly.
  • John J. Mearsheimer. (2011/10/05) 'The False Promise of International Institutions', in International Security: The MIT Press. vol. 19 (3) , pp.5-49
  • Simmons, Beth A.; Danner, Allison. (2010-4) 'Credible Commitments and the International Criminal Court', in International Organization. vol. 64 (02) , pp.225-
  • Chiba, Daina; Johnson, Jesse C.; Leeds, Brett Ashley. (2015-10) 'Careful Commitments: Democratic States and Alliance Design', in The Journal of Politics. vol. 77 (4) , pp.968-982
  • Oye, Kenneth A. (1985-10) 'Explaining Cooperation Under Anarchy: Hypotheses and Strategies', in World Politics. vol. 38 (01) , pp.1-24
  • Koremenos, Barbara; Lipson, Charles; Snidal, Duncan. (2001-10-1) 'The Rational Design of International Institutions', in International Organization. vol. 55 (4) , pp.761-799
  • Hafner-Burton, Emilie M.; Tsutsui, Kiyoteru. (2007-07) 'Justice Lost! The Failure of International Human Rights Law To Matter Where Needed Most', in Journal of Peace Research. vol. 44 (4) , pp.407-425
  • Martin, Lisa L. (1992-9) 'Interests, power, and multilateralism', in International Organization. vol. 46 (04) , pp.765-
  • Thompson, Alexander. (2006-1) 'Coercion Through IOs: The Security Council and the Logic of Information Transmission', in International Organization. vol. 60 (01)
  • Donno, Daniela. (2010-10) 'Who Is Punished? Regional Intergovernmental Organizations and the Enforcement of Democratic Norms', in International Organization. vol. 64 (04) , pp.593-625
  • Hathaway, Oona A. (2007-08) 'Why Do Countries Commit to Human Rights Treaties?', in Journal of Conflict Resolution. vol. 51 (4) , pp.588-621
  • Davis, Christina L; Blodgett Bermeo, Sarah. (2009) 'Who Files? Developing Country Participation in GATT/WTO Adjudication', in The Journal of Politics.
  • Robert O. Keohane. (2011/10/05) 'The Promise of Institutionalist Theory', in International Security: The MIT Press. vol. 20 (1) , pp.39-51
  • Thompson, Alexander. (2010-06) 'Rational design in motion: Uncertainty and flexibility in the global climate regime', in European Journal of International Relations. vol. 16 (2) , pp.269-296
  • Pevehouse, Jon C. (2002-8-30) 'Democracy from the Outside-In? International Organizations and Democratization', in International Organization. vol. 56 (3) , pp.515-549
  • (2013) 'A model of dynamic climate governance: dream big, win small.', in International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law & Economics.
  • Lipson, Charles. (1991-9) 'Why are some international agreements informal?', in International Organization. vol. 45 (04) , pp.495-
  • Garriga, Ana Carolina. (2009-10) 'Regime Type and Bilateral Treaty Formalization', in Journal of Conflict Resolution. vol. 53 (5) , pp.698-726

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Moodle Test    60% 
Coursework   IO Podcast  15/11/2021  40% 
Coursework   Report on contributions to the study of IOs  18/01/2022  40% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Carolina Garriga, email: carolina.garriga@essex.ac.uk.
Dr. Carolina Garriga
Module Supervisor: Dr. Carolina Garriga -carolina.garriga@essex.ac.uk / Module Administrator: Lewis Olley - govquery@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
No

External examiner

Dr Mohammed Rodwan Abouharb
University College London
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 466 hours, 10 (2.1%) hours available to students:
456 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

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