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POLI 2536 Non-State Actors in World Politics (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

From human rights NGOs to multinational corporations to terrorist networks, non-state actors abound in our contemporary international system. Why have non-state actors become so prevalent and how do they influence international politics? This course addresses these questions. It introduces students to different theoretical and historical frameworks for assessing the role of non-state actors in an international system that has been reshaped in recent decades by globalization, privatization, and technological change. We will discuss different kinds of non-state actors, including transnational advocacy networks, philanthropic foundations, multinational corporations, terrorist groups, and private contractors. We will assess their influence on key issues, including global health, democratization, economic development, the environment, and human rights. Ultimately, we will evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of non-state actors and their growing role in the international system.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Kate B. Geoghegan

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 06-Oct-16