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Knowledge & Power: Lobbying and Think Tanks in Global Governance




In today’s globalized world, lobby organizations, think tanks and other interest groups play an important role in setting and influencing policy-making, both behind the scenes and in the public eye. This block seminar offers an introduction to the politics of interest representation and the theoretical approaches to knowledge- power relations in a global governance setting. Especially think tanks’ role as part of “epistemic communities” (Haas 1992) within policy-making and as so-called “bridges” between science and policy (Stone 2007) has been increasingly scrutinized over the past few decades. Based on the numbers published by the Global Go To Think Tank Index Report in 2019, the number of think tanks in the US has more than doubled since 1980. A visible increase in the number of think tanks in Asia is likewise observed by the institute (McGann 2020).

In policy-making settings, (re-)construction, management and distribution of knowledge cannot be analyzed separately from power relations embedded within structures and among actors. After gaining a critical understanding of essential concepts such as “lobbying”, “interest representation”, “knowledge” and “power” in the 1st Block, we will operationalize these terms by looking at the policy cases in the 2nd Block. To this end, you will work in groups and undertake your own research in various policy areas in order to better comprehend the strategies and subsequently the influence of interest groups, bearing in mind the historical and political contexts.

Specifically, you can choose from one of policy fields below (other suggestions are also welcome):
• Food & Agriculture
• Energy
• Trade & Tax
• Finance & Regulation
• Climate & Environment
• Digital Technology
• EU Enlargement/Brexit

More detailed instructions on the presentations and research topics will be discussed during the first class.

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Ort: nicht angegeben
Zeiten: Termine am Freitag. 22.05.20 09:00 - 12:30, Samstag. 23.05.20 09:00 - 14:00, Freitag. 12.06.20 12:00 - 18:00, Samstag. 13.06.20 09:00 - 12:30
Erster Termin: Fr , 22.05.2020 09:00 - 12:30
Veranstaltungsart: Blockseminar (Offizielle Lehrveranstaltungen)


  • Europäische Studien > Bachelor-Studiengang > Hauptfach Sozialwissenschaften (PO 2010/11) > Freier Wahlbereich
  • Sozialwissenschaften > Bachelor Sozialwissenschaften
  • Sozialwissenschaften > Zwei-Fächer-Bachelor Kernfach Soziologie
  • Sozialwissenschaften > Zwei-Fächer-Bachelor Kernfach Politik

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