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Institutional Complexity in World Politics

STVC80 – Institutional Complexity in World Politics (7.5 credits). Bachelor course in Political Science. Autumn term.

While the post-1945 period witnessed the rise of multilateralism and the creation of numerous intergovernmental institutions to deal with cross-border issues, the 21st century is marked by their contestation and transformation. The aim of this course is to get students acquainted with the analysis of the wide array and diversity of international institutions established by public and private actors to address transboundary problems in different domains of global affairs.

The course is structured in three parts:

First, it takes stock of existing theoretical and conceptual approaches to institutional complexity in world politics.

Second, relevant theories and concepts are applied on different policy domains, and students conduct in-depth case studies on various facets of institutional complexity, such as interlinkages and overlaps, regime complexes, governance fragmentation, interplay management, orchestration, and problem shifting.

Third, propositions and opportunities to enhance the overall effectiveness of institutional responses to transboundary problems are discussed.

Literature (pdf, new window)
Syllabus (pdf, new window)


Helen Fogelin

International coordinator – incoming students

Room: 234
Telephone: +46 (0)46-2228951
E-mail: helen [dot] fogelin [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se