International organizations

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Theories, institutions and policy

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The first part of the course introduces the main theoretical approaches that provide alternative explanations for key questions about international institutions: their creation, institutional design, decision-making processes and their impact on state behaviour and domestic politics. The second part analyses these key questions with regard to specific international institutions, including the League of Nations, the United Nations, the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the World Trade Organisation, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, as well as the areas of human rights, environmental protection, and health policy.
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Ian Hurd (2010) International Organizations: Politics, Law, Practice, Cambridge University Press; Andreas Hasenclever, Peter Mayer & Volker Rittberger (1997) Theories of International Regimes, Cambridge University Press; Volker Rittberger, Bernhard Zangl and Andreas Kruck (2012) International Organization: Polity, Politics and Policies, second edition, Palgrave.

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