Scheda insegnamento

Anno Accademico 2018/2019

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

The course aims to give students n in-depth understanding of global events and of the causes and consequences of globalisation in a variety of political and social domains. At the end of the course, students will be able to discuss and learn about: the most pressing problems in the global political economy (inequalities, poverty, migration); the major political and societal forces at work in the world system; the actions of governments and other decision-makers within world politics; how the distribution of economic resources is influencing both politics and society; the prospects for global governance.


  1. Mon. May 6. h9-13 (4)

    Introduction Defining the political sphere.


    No readings

  2. Wed. May 8. h9-11 h14-18 (6)

    Elements for political analysis:

    • Action: Preferences and Constraints

    • The Micro-macro link

    • Power and Authority as causal mechanisms


    Hedström, P., & Swedberg, R. (1998). Social mechanisms: An introductory essay. in: Social mechanisms: An analytical approach to social theory, 1-31.

  3. Wed. May 15. h9-11 h16-18 (4)


    Political institutions


    Moe, T. M. (2005). Power and political institutions. Perspectives on politics, 3(2), 215-233.

    Olson, M. (1993). Dictatorship, democracy, and development. American political science review, 87(3), 567-576.

    Sen, A. (2004). What’s the Point of Democracy. American Academy of Arts and Sciences Bulletin, 57(3).

  4. Mon. May 20. h9-11 (2)

    Governing the Commons


    Dietz, T., Ostrom, E., & Stern, P. C. (2003). The struggle to govern the commons. Science, 302(5652), 1907-1912.

  5. Wed. May 22. h16-18 (2)

    Power and Knowledge in decision making (I): Models of decision making.


    Lindblom, C. E. (1959). The science of muddling through. Public Administration Review, 19(2), 79-88.

  6. Wed. May 29. h16-18 (2)

    Power and Knowledge in decision making (II): On policy and institutional change.


    Pierson, P. (2000). Increasing returns, path dependence, and the study of politics. American political science review, 94(2), 251-267.

  7. Thu. May 30. h16-18 (2)

    Power and Knowledge in decision making (III): Efficiency and/vs Effectiveness


    Landau, M., & Chisholm, D. (1995). The arrogance of optimism: notes on failure‐avoidance management. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 3(2), 67-80.

  8. Fri. May 31. h16-18 (2)

    Studying public policy making: Instructions for students’ project work.


    No Readings

  9. Thu. June 14. h14-16 (3)

    The intelligence of democracy (I): learning through bargaining.


    Di Giulio M., Vecchi G. (2018) Multilevel policy implementation and the where of learning: the case of the information system for school buildings in Italy, Policy Sciences, 52(1): 119-135

  10. Fri. June 15. h10-13 (3)

The intelligence of democracy and its limits (II): on learning pitfalls.


Dunlop, C. A. (2010). The temporal dimension of knowledge and the limits of policy appraisal: biofuels policy in the UK. Policy Sciences, 43(4), 343-363


See above

Metodi didattici


Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

Students who regularly attend classes are asked to present a project work (a paper) on a topic of their choice.

Students who do not regularly attend classes: oral examination based on the assigned readings.

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Marco Di Giulio