At the end of this course:|
1. students know the meaning(s) of key concepts in the domain of comparative public governance;
2. students know what policy problems are considered the main challenges for governance at the European
and global level;
3. students are able to analyse governance at the European and global level in terms of the notions of
democracy and legitimacy; and
4. students have improved their academic writing skills and presentation skills.
This course introduces students first to the topic, structure and teaching activities of the master programme. It also provides an introduction to key concepts relevant to the programme, such as public governance, public value, institutions, comparison, performance, legitimacy, democracy, participation and steering. When these have been clarified, the functions of governance and the role of state actors will be studied, in national as well as multilevel governance. The course then focuses on the challenges that governments are faced with, especially at the European and global level, like safety and security, asylum and migration, social inequality, social and technological innovation, energy and water management, environmental pollution and climate change. Students will learn what the main challenges are, which organizations and actors are involved in governing them, how effective European and global solutions may be developed, and how the international governance of these problems can be made democratic and legitimate.|