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The US and international and regional organizations - JMM677
Anglický název: The US and international and regional organizations
Zajišťuje: Katedra severoamerických studií (23-KAS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2018
Semestr: letní
Body: 5
E-Kredity: 5
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:1/1 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (20)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: nevyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
Garant: PhDr. Jan Hornát, Ph.D.
Vyučující: PhDr. Jan Hornát, Ph.D.
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Jan Hornát, Ph.D. (07.02.2016)
Despite the claims of emerging multipolarity, the United States is still the world's hegemon. For this reason, its relations to and positions vis-a-vis any international institution are pivotal for the effectiveness and functionality of the given institution. Reluctance of the United States to cooperate on the international level may ultimately hinder any attempts at collective security and perspectives of global governance. The political and economic clout of the US is thus significant enough to have major influence in any international institution and organization (albeit this clout is in relative decline) - therefore, in order to comprehend the workings and architecture of international institutions, which have been designed in large part by the US itself, it is important to understand the US positions and relations with these institutions. The course will firstly discuss the theoretical questions of why states cooperate through international institutions? what are the processes of decision-making in international institutions? what are the setbacks of international cooperation and how do major IR theories interpret international cooperation? In the second bloc, the course will examine particular cases of US influence and positions in international institutions, its current challenges and potential for future cooperation.
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Jan Hornát, Ph.D. (07.02.2016)

The goal of the course is to introduce students to various IR perspectives on inter-state cooperation, examine the logics of cooperation and point out potential gains and losses when states cooperate. The theoretical discussion will serve as a necessary interpretative framework when looking at US engagement in and design of international institutions.  

Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Jan Hornát, Ph.D. (19.02.2018)

1. Students will be required to attend classes regularly, read briefing papers and be active in discussions - this activity will constitute 25 points of the final grade.

2. In-class presentation: each student will prepare a presentation (max. 15 minutes) based on a text provided by the lecturer (the length of texts will range form 20 to 30 pages). The student will also be required to provide a briefing paper based on the reading, which will serve as a basis for in-class discussions and will be sent to the lecturer and classmates (via shared Google Disk folder) at least 24 hours prior to the presentation. This activity will constitute 40 points of the final grade.

3. The final test will constitute 35 points of the final grade. The test will focus on concepts and topics discussed in class and will be based primarily on information provided in the briefing papers.

In order to pass the course, students will need to gain more than 64 points (out of 100 possible).



100 - 91 points: A

90 - 81 points: B

80 - 75 points: C

74 - 70 points: D

69 - 65 points: E

less than 65 points: F (fail)


If student fails to upload briefing paper 24 hours prior to his/her presentation: -7 points off final grade

If student does not show up for his/her presentation without prior excuse: -15 points off final grade

Class Ethics
(A) Any use of quoted texts in briefing papers must be acknowledged. Such use must meet the following conditions:

  1. the beginning and end of the quoted passage must be shown with quotation marks
  2. when quoting from periodicals or books, the name(s) of author(s), book or article titles, the year of publication, and page from which the passage is quoted must all be stated in footnotes or endnotes;
  3. internet sourcing must include a full web address where the text can be found as well as the date the web page was visited by the author.

Please, use the style of Chincago Manual of Style.

(B) In case the use of any texts other than those written by the author is established without proper acknowledgement as defined in (A), the paper will be deemed plagiarized and handed over to the Disciplinary Commission of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Jan Hornát, Ph.D. (06.03.2018)

Course schedule (2018)

1.       Course introduction and requirements (22.2.2018)


Bloc I: Theory


2.       Theorizing international cooperation and international organizations – realist, liberal institutionalist and constructivist perspectives (1.3.2018)

Karns, Margaret P. and Karen A. Mingst, International organizations: the politics and processes of global governance (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2004). Chapter 2 – “The Theoretical Foundations of Global Governance”.


Abbot, Kenneth W. and Duncan Snidal, “Why States Act through Formal International Organizations”, The Journal of Conflict Resolution 42 (1), 1998: 3-32.


3.       Expectations and output – questions of the legitimacy of international organizations (8.3.2018)

Steffek, Jens, “The output legitimacy of international organizations and the global public interest”, International Theory 7 (2), 2015: 263-293.


Hurd, Ian, “Legitimacy, Power, and the Symbolic Life of the UN Security Council”, Global Governance 8 (1), 2002: 35-51.


4.       The principal-agent problem and the socialization effect of international organizations (15.3.2018)

Graham, Erin, “International organizations as collective agents: Fragmentation and the limits of principal control at the World Health Organization”, European Journal of International Relations 20 (2), 2014: 366-390.


Kent, Ann, “China's International Socialization: The Role of International Organizations”, Global Governance 8 (3), 2002: 343-364.


Bloc II: The US Government and International Organizations


5.       Executive agreements and US Presidential powers in foreign policy (22.3.2018)

Zoellick, Robert, “Congress and the making of US foreign policy”, Survival 41 (4), 1999: 20-41.


Krutz, Glen S., and Jeffrey S. Peake, Treaty Politics and the Rise of Executive Agreements: International Commitments in a System of Shared Powers (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2009). Chapter 1 – “Treaties and Executive Agreements: A History”.


6.       Easter Break (29.3.2018)


7.       The post-war institutional bargain and US approach to multilateralism (5.4.2018)

Ikenberry, John G., “State Power and the Institutional Bargain: America's Ambivalent Economic and Security Multilateralism” in Foot, Rosemary, S. Neil MacFarlane, and Michael Mastanduno, eds. US Hegemony and International Organizations: The United States and Multilateral Institutions (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003).


Reisman, Michael W., “The United States and international institutions”, Survival 41 (4), 1999: 62-80.


Bloc III: US Power and Influence in International Organizations


8.       The idea of collective security - The Security Council and US power (12.4.2018)

Krisch, Nico, “The Security Council and the Great Powers” in Lowe Vaughan etl (eds.). The United Nations Security Council And War: The Evolution Of Thought And Practice Since 1945 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008).


Miller, Lynn H., “The Idea and the Reality of Collective Security”, Global Governance 5 (3), 1999: 303-332.


9.       The (ir)relevance of NATO after the Cold War – a US perspective (19.4.2018)

Goldgeier, James M., “NATO expansion: The anatomy of a decision”, The Washington Quarterly 21 (1), 1998: 83-102.


Layne, Christopher, “US Hegemony and the Perpetuation of NATO”, Journal of Strategic Studies 23 (3), 2000: 59-91.


10.    US and international tribunals and courts (26.4.2018)

Paulus, Andreas L., “From Neglect to Defiance? The United States and International Adjudication”, European Journal of International Law 15 (4), 2004: 783–812.


Birdsall, Andrea, “The ‘Monster That We Need to Slay’? Global Governance, the United States, and the International Criminal Court”, Global Governance 16 (4), 2010, 451-469.


11.    The role of the US in international financial institutions (3.5.2018)

Wade, Robert Hunter, “US hegemony and the World Bank: the fight over people and ideas”, Review of International Political Economy 9 (2), 2002, 215-243.


Vreeland, James Raymond, The International Monetary Fund: Politics of Conditional Lending, New York: Routledge, 2007, Chapters 2 and 6 – “Who controls the IMF?” and “Reform the IMF?”


12.    Uneasy relationships: the US and UNESCO, ECOSOC and ILO (10.5.2018)

Imber, Mark F., The USA, ILO, UNESCO and IAEA: Politicization and Withdrawal in the Specialized Agencies (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 1989). Chapter 6 – “The UNESCO Case”.


Masters, Paul E., “The International Labor Organization: America’s Withdrawal and Reentry”, International Social Science Review 71 (3&4), 1996: 14-26 and Beigbeder, Yves, “The United States’ Withdrawal from the International Labor Organization”, Relations industrielles/Industrial Relations 34 (2), 1979: 223-240.


13.    Final test (17.5.2018)

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