Title: Transnational Interests in the Era of Global Politics: Representation and American Foreign Policy (790:369:B7)

Instructor: Sara Angevine

Instructor’s Email: sarajane@rci.rutgers.edu

Days, Times, Location: Session I (05/31/2011 - 07/08/2011) Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00- 9:40 pm, Scott Hall, College Ave.

Office Hours: Tuesdays at 4:00-5:00pm, Hickman Hall, rm 314 or by appointment

Synopsis: How does one reconcile the interests of specific communities that transcend national borders? What is the role of the nation-state to preserve sovereign authority in the context of supranational governance, international markets, and global media outlets? How should a state “govern” in the global polity? How is the global local and vice versa in terms of policy formation? This course defines the conflicting and collaborating dynamic relationship between transnational interests and state governments.  We analyze the impact of transnational interests for the construction of American foreign policy inside of the US Congress. The course outlines the growth of supranational governance, the impact of international law, the role of the US in global politics, and reviews the dynamics of decision-making processes for members of the US Congress. Students will analyze how US legislators negotiate between representing local district interests, the US national interests, transnational interests, and the member’s personal interests.  The six transnational interests we examine in the context of US foreign policy are as follows: Trade; Environment; Gender; Race/Ethnicity; Religion; and Human Rights. Students will be responsible for two presentations, two response papers, and one final research paper.

BOOK REQUIRED:  Activists Beyond Borders, Keck and Sikkink, Cornell University Press, 1998.