Not available in 2020/21
GV306      Half Unit
Global Public Policy

This information is for the 2020/21 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, BSc in Politics and Economics, BSc in Politics and History, 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 on Friday 4 October 2019.



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 are “global”, “public” and “policy”? Does global public policy exist? 2. How to assess the performance of global public policy: output criteria. 3. How to assess the performance of global public policy: input and throughput criteria. 4. Who are the targets of global public policy and what are their interests? 5. How are global “problems” framed and interpreted, and how does this affect their solution? 6. Which types and combinations of actors develop global public policies and how does it matter? 7. Do the delegation of authority and the legalization of global public policy affect its outcomes? 8. What role does deliberation and experimentation play in global policy initiatives? 9. What are the consequences of fragmentation and competition in the overall architecture of global public policy? 10. What are the prospects for building a global polity? The seminars apply the analytical tools provided in the lectures and readings to case studies. Students can choose an area of specialization from a range of global policy issues, with a focus on those addressed by the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations. Examples of policy areas covered in the course are environmental governance, with a focus on the protection of forests; global health governance, with a focus on tackling communicable diseases; the promotion of workers' rights in the global economy; the elimination of gender-based discrimination and violence; and the fight against tax avoidance and illicit financial flows.


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.


Essay (100%, 4000 words) in the LT.

Student performance results

(2017/18 - 2019/20 combined)

Classification % of students
First 51.4
2:1 40
2:2 2.9
Third 2.9
Fail 2.9

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2019/20: 14

Average class size 2019/20: 13

Capped 2019/20: Yes (15)

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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