Spring 2014 ("W" Optional) — TR 9:40-10:55
The anarchic society of international relations includes elements of order, including norms,
international law and international organizations (IOs). Governance does not necessarily imply
government. Indeed, most issues of wide concern in international affairs are governed by
international treaties and presided over by international organizations. Some of these, such as
the IMF, World Bank, WTO, UN, and EU, command substantial resources and reach deep into
the domestic politics in their member states. The course will survey the history of international
organization, analyze the most important IOs, and investigate the influence of law under anarchy.
How effective are these elements of cooperation, and what problems are most difficult to solve at
the international level? What leads to change in international governance? Students taking the
course for writing credit register for 268W and write a substantial research paper in addition to the
other course requirements.