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Globalization: is the American Century over?


Out of the one hundred biggest economies in the world, 51 are multinational enterprises. The biggest current security threat to the US is not another state, but a global terrorist network. The fight against malaria, HIV/Aids and other infectious diseases is not dominated by the World Health Organization, but by private donors and public-private partnerships, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Policy-makers increasingly acknowledge that global problems, from poverty to terrorism and climate change, require global cooperative solutions. At the same time, and partially counterbalancing this strengthening of civil society, geopolitical and economic rivalries are quickly developing into a renaissance of classical inter-state power politics.


Please note that this course will be taught in English.


The courses do not require any special preparation. It is intended to be interactive, you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Docent: Philipp Pattberg

College 1 - World politics: key trends

Wed 24 April 2013 20:00 - 21:45

Economic, political and social globalization has empowered non-state actors, from multinational corporations (such as Unilever, Shell or Toyota) to global terrorist networks such as al-Qaida. The European Union is currently facing the biggest ever experiment of political and social integration. At the same time, political rivalries among states, for example the US and China, as well as the increased economic competition for scarce resources have led to the reemergence of power politics among governments. How can this coexistence of increased globalization, global governance and power politics be explained?


Docent: Philipp Pattberg

College 2 - Solutions to global warming, poverty, child mortality and global terrorism?

Wed 29 May 2013 20:00 - 21:45

Global problems often require global solutions. With governments frequently failing to provide public goods and a world government not in reach, voluntary, market-based approaches and public-private partnerships are emerging as potentially viable alternatives. However, corporations, international organizations and non-profit actors often lack the democratic legitimacy to act on our behalf. Should these actors be trusted with finding solutions to global warming, poverty, child mortality and global terrorism? What is the role of ambitious projects of political, economic and social integration (for example the European Union) and could these be exported to other regions?

Docent: Philipp Pattberg

College 3 - Global trends: the next 8 decades

Wed 19 June 2013 20:00 - 21:45

Analysts see the current global financial, economic and monetary crisis and an indicator for the failure of the current global order. The world's 225 richest individuals, of whom 60 are Americans, have a combined wealth of over $1 trillion – equal to the annual income of the poorest 47% of the entire world's population. This situation is not sustainable. However, what visions exist for a better future? How will we live in 2050? This lecture explores scenarios of world politics during the next 8 decades.

  • Politicologie
Globalization: is the American Century over?