GV442      Half Unit
Globalisation and Democracy

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Sarah C. Goff.


This course is available on the MA in History of International Relations, MPA in European Public and Economic Policy, MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy, MSc in Comparative Politics, MSc in Comparative Politics, MSc in Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation, MSc in Global Media and Communications (LSE and Fudan), MSc in Global Politics, MSc in Global Politics (Global Civil Society), MSc in History of International Relations, MSc in Human Rights, MSc in International Migration and Public Policy, MSc in Management and MSc in Management (CEMS MIM). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course is capped at 2 groups - access to the course guaranteed for MSc Global Politics and MSc Global Politics Civil Society. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, 11 October 2013. 

Course content

The contemporary debate about globalisation raises profound questions about the changing nature and form of politics today. This course examines two dimensions of the debate: the impact of various forms of globalization on democratic and democratizing states, and the prospects for the democratization of global politics.

The course covers the following topics: 1) how democracy can be understood as a concept, and what makes democracy valuable; 2) how democracy within states, both in affluent and developing countries, is affected by various dimensions of globalization, notably international trade and financial flows, transnational companies, migration and international institutions; and 3) whether and how global politics can be made more democratic, including an examination of the role played by international organizations, transnational civil society, and novel governance initiatives..


20 hours of seminars in the MT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students will produce one 3,000 word essay.

Indicative reading

D. Held, Democracy and the Global Order, Polity, 1995; R. A. Dahl, "A Democratic Dilemma: System Effectiveness Versus Citizen Participation," Political Science Quarterly, 1994; R. J. Arneson, “Democracy Is Not Intrinsically Just” in Justice and Democracy, Cambridge University Press, 2004; D. Brady et al., “The Consequences of Economic Globalization for Affluent Democracies,” Annual Review of Sociology, 2007; N. Rudra, “Globalization and the Strengthening of Democracy in the Developing World,” American Journal of Political Science, 2005; J. Cohen, “A Human Right to Democracy?” in The Egalitarian Conscience, Oxford University Press, 2006; R. Keohane et al., "Democracy-Enhancing Multilateralism," International Organization, 2009; D. Held and M. Koenig-Archibugi (eds) Global Governance and Public Accountability, Blackwell, 2005; Ruth Grant and Robert Keohane, “Accountability and Abuses of Power in World Politics,” American Political Science Review, 2005; K. Macdonald and T. Macdonald, “Democracy in a Pluralist Global Order: Corporate Power and Stakeholder Representation,” Ethics & International Affairs, 2010; M. Koenig-Archibugi, “Is Global Democracy Possible?” European Journal of International Relations, 2010.


Exam (50%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (50%, 3000 words) in the LT.

Student performance results

(2009/10 - 2011/12 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 11.5
Merit 71.8
Pass 15.4
Fail 1.3

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2012/13: 29

Average class size 2012/13: 14

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication