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PPR.323: Ruling the World

Tutor: Professor Christopher May
Term: Not available 2014/15

Course Description

The principle objective of this module is to introduce students to the central legal and organisational issues that underpin the political economy of contemporary global governance, through the combination of historical and political economic approaches to the various elements of the current international legal structure. The module is divided into four sections, commencing with a brief exploration of the multifaceted pre-history and early history of international political economic governance. In the second section of the course, the specific political economic factors that prompted and facilitated the development of the contemporary system of global governance are explored, and then in the third section this history is subjected to a number of competing analyses. In the last section of the course, the focus shifts to current debates about global governance, identifying key areas of current political economic debate and contestation.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the legal and organisational issues that underpin the political economy of contemporary global governance
  • Explain and assess the current international legal structure.
  • Evaluate competing analyses.


40% coursework and 60% exam.
Coursework: 1 essay of 3000 words. Exam: 2 hours.

Teaching Method

Lecture (1.5 hours) and seminar (1 hour) weekly.

Introductory Reading

Ba A D & Hoffman M J (eds) Global Governance: Coherence, Contestation and World Order

Fuchs D Business Power in Global Governance

Held D & McGrew A (eds) Governing Globalization

Kennedy PThe Parliament of Man: The United Nations and the Quest for World Government

Monbiot GAge of Consent

Wilkinson R (ed)The Global Governance Reader

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