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The European Union (EU) is often described as the most successful regional organization (RO) globally. It is not only credited with creating lasting peace in Europe after the second World War (and has received the Peace Nobel Price for this), but has also contributed to democratization and economic prosperity on the continent. However, we often forget that the EU is not the only player in town. Globally, there are more than 70 ROs such as the African Union (AU), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Association of East Asian States (ASEAN), or the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) that aim to regulate relationships between regionally proximate states, and solve cooperation problems in trade, finance, the environment, or security.
The seminar will serve as an introduction to ‘comparative regionalism’ in order to de-center Europe and identify commonalities and differences between regions and organizations. Why do states found ROs in the first place? How can we define regions? Under which conditions will ROs be successful in fulfilling their mandates? How can we measure their output and efficiency? And what are current challenges that ROs face around the world with regard to populism, autocratization, and legitimacy crisis?
The first sessions of the seminar will serve as an introduction to central concepts in the study of comparative regionalism and the comparative method as a research design strategy in international relations. We will then move to consider theoretical apporaches that aim to explain the foundation, design and effects of regional integration and apply them empirically to different world regions. The final part of the seminar will investigate current challenges to ROs across the globe and how we might be able to overcome them.
This course follows the problem-based learning method (PBL) which allows for a more interactive and self-directed learning environment. Prior successful completion of the introductory lecture to international politics is advisable.
The seminar will take place in person, and will be limited to max. 25 participants due to Corona Virus restrictions. "Zulassung" will be done after the first session.
You will have to serve as part of a chairing team once and you will write a number of essays (number and length depending on your modul) on assignments throughout the seminar as part of your grade for this course.
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