GV306      Half Unit
Global Public Policy

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Mathias Koenig-Archibugi


This course is available on the BSc in Government, BSc in Government and Economics, BSc in Government and History, BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, BSc in Politics and International Relations and BSc in Politics and Philosophy. This course is not available as an outside option nor to General Course students.

This course is capped at 1 group. The deadline for enrolments is 12:00 noon, Friday 29 September, 2017.



Course content

The course examines the process and outcomes of policy-making at the global level. It considers a range of modes of policy-making, from classic intergovernmental cooperation to novel forms of governance beyond the state such as transgovernmental networks, multistakeholder initiatives, and regulation by non-state actors. The lectures provide an analytical toolbox and cover the following topics: (1) What is the meaning of “global”, “public”, and “policy”? Does global public policy really exist? (2) What types of actors participate in global public policy? (3) Who sets the global policy agenda and how? (4) What types of governance institutions exist? (5) How are governance institutions created or chosen, and what are the implications of their plurality and interplay? (6) What types of global public policies exist? (7) Who decides the content of global public policies and how? (8) How are global public policies implemented? (9) When can global public policy solve global problems? (10) When does global public policy have democratic legitimacy?  The seminars apply the analytical tools provided in the lectures and readings to case studies, to be explored through team work. Students can choose an area of specialization from a range of global policy problems. Examples of relevant global policy problems include the surveillance and eradication of infectious diseases; access to essential medicines; tobacco control; food safety; labour standards; child labour and education; deforestation; protection of environmental commons; illicit financial flows; internet regulation; arms control; and other topics that may change from year to year.


10 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the MT. 1 hour of lectures and 1 hour and 30 minutes of seminars in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the MT.

Indicative reading

Koenig-Archibugi, M. (2002) ‘Mapping Global Governance’, in D. Held and A. McGrew (eds) Governing Globalisation. Cambridge: Polity Press. Koenig-Archibugi, M. (2010) Understanding the Global Dimensions of Policy, Global Policy, Vol. 1(1): 16-28. Koenig-Archibugi, M. and M. Zurn, eds (2006) New Modes of Governance in the Global System. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Hale, T. and D. Held, eds (2011) Handbook of Transnational Governance. Cambridge: Polity. Peinhardt, C. and Sandler, T. (2015) Transnational Cooperation: An Issue-Based Approach. Oxford University Press. Reinicke, W. (1998) Global Public Policy. Washington DC: Brookings Institution. A.-M. Slaugher (2004) A New World Order. Princeton University Press. Braithwaite J. and P. Drahos (2000) Global Business Regulation. Cambridge University Press. Hale, T., D. Held and K. Young (2013) Gridlock: Why Global Cooperation Is Failing When We Need It Most. Cambridge: Polity.


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

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2016/17: Unavailable

Average class size 2016/17: Unavailable

Capped 2016/17: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication