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Internationalisation of public policies

Internationalisation of Public Policies

Faculté de gestion: Institut de hautes études en administration publique

Responsable(s): Carlo Michael Knotz
Intervenant(s): Carlo Michael Knotz

Période de validité: 2020 ->

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre de printemps
Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 3.00


The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the political processes that generate an internationalization of public policy. The focus is on two aspects: a) the reasons why states coordinate, align, or integrate their policies and create international organizations and institutions like the WTO or the EU; b) the subsequent effects international organizations and institutions have on their members' public policies.


National governments are in many respects not free to determine public policies as they see fit but are bound and influenced by decisions made at the international level. International organizations such as the WTO or the EU can for instance affect vitally important areas of public policy such as trade, monetary, or social policy in both member and non-member states. Some even claim that this has gone so far that 80% of EU member states' legislation is really decided in Brussels.

This course covers the ways in which public policy-making is internationalized, including why international institutions are created from 'the bottom up' in the first place and how they, once created, affect states' public policies 'from the top down'. We will discuss the underlying collective action problems behind international policies and institutions, and the political and economic processes that help these organizations to grow their influence and reach. We will also study these mechanisms in different policy areas (trade, immigration and social policy).

You will achieve three main learning outcomes:
- Understand the bottom-up and top-down processes that produce an internationalization of public policies
- Learn how these work in and differ between particular public policies
- Improve your general analytical and writing skills

The paramount requirement to pass this course is a willingness to actively contribute to your own learning progress and the course as a whole by reading and engaging with the course materials; by formulating own ideas and hypotheses; and by sharing these in class and during groupwork.


Weekly essays on pre-defined questions (600 words) & discussion questions to be submitted before each session
A group project including a brief presentation and a 2000-word essay on the internationalization of a public policy area in Switzerland


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Joppke, C. (1998). Why liberal states accept unwanted immigration. World Politics, 50(2):266-293

Koremenos, B., Lipson, C., and Snidal, D. (2001). The rational design of international institutions. International Organization, 55(4):761-799

Leibfried, S. (2010). Social policy: Left to the judges and the markets? In Wallace, H., Pollack, M. A., and Young, A. R., editors, Policy-Making in the European Union, pages 253-281. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 6th edition

North, D. C. and Weingast, B. R. (1989). Constitutions and commitment: the evolution of institutions governing public choice in seventeenth-century england. The Journal of Economic History, 49(4):803-832

Olson, M. (2002[1967]). The Logic of Collective Action. Harvard University Press, Harvard

Sassen, S. (1996). Losing control?: Sovereignty in the age of globalization. Columbia University Press, New York

Stone Sweet, A. and Sandholtz, W. (1997). European integration and supranational governance. Journal of European Public Policy, 4(3):297-317


UtilisationCode facultéStatutCrédits
Enseignements supplémentaires MA en Politique et Management Publics (2013 ->) ›› Enseignements supplémentaires MA en Politique et Management PublicsOptionnel3.00
Maîtrise universitaire en Politique et Management Publics, 1ère année (2013 ->) ›› Sciences politiquesObligatoire3.00
Plan libre en Politique et Management Publics (2018 ->) ›› Plan libre idheapOptionnel3.00
Plan libre idheap (2013 ->) ›› Plan libre idheapOptionnel3.00
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