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2011/2012  BA-POL_VCSS  Competitive Strategies of States in the World Economy

English Title
Competitive Strategies of States in the World Economy

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course Period Autumn
schedule: Fri.: 11.40-14.15, week:37-41, 43-47
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Max. participants 60
Study Board
Study Board for BSc in Service Management
Course Coordinator
  • Benedikte Brincker - Department for Business and Politics
Benedikte Brincker - bep.dbp@cbs.dkSecretary Mette Grue Nielsen - mgn.dbp@cbs.dk
Main Category of the Course
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • Political leadership, public management and international politics

Taught under Open University-Taught under open university.
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
Students will continue to develop their competences in practicing in-depth academic analysis and employing interdisciplinary research methods and theories in order to address and account for the complexity associated with processes of economic and political globalisation. Furthermore, students will continue to recognize and question their own and societal assumptions of globalization. Finally, students will develop their skills in engaging in informed and structure debate with the lecturer and their fellow students.
The aim of the course is to:
• To provide students with an in-depth understanding of the institutionalist approach to the state
• To familiarize students with the social, political and historical context that business is situated within
• To enable student to contrinbute to a critical and informed debate about the position of the state in economic and political globalization
• To allow students to acquaint themselves with a interdisciplinary research methods.
No requirements. The course ties in with courses taught in the area of Comparative Political Economy and Political Science.
Individual project exam
Individual project exam:
Assessment Home Assignment
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship Internal examiners
Exam Period Winter Term
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Course Content

This course offers an in-depth analysis of how states cope with economic and political globalization. Taking an institutionalist approach, it conceives of states as vital units in an analysis of economic and political globalization because states offer an institutional framework that both constrains and enables business. Hence, the course is based on the premise that business must be understood by addressing it in its broader political, social and historical context. In the endeavor to comprehend the institutional context that business takes place within, states constitute the fundamental unit of analysis.

The course combines theories and concepts from Comparative Political Economy and Political Science and critically explores the concepts of state sovereignty, state authority and governance, institutions, institutional competitiveness and the notion of the competition state.

The course sets out to explore how states develop strategies to manage and prosper in the global economic and political era. It analyses the competitive strategies and actions of independent states and also those of groups of states, most notably the European Union and the Lisbon Strategy/EU 2020.

Teaching Methods
The structure of the course will be an combination of lectures, student presentations and case-studies. The students are expected to take an active part and contribute with their insights into case material. The methodological approach of the course will be committed to interdisciplinary research methods.

Hall, P. A. and Soskice (eds.). 2001. Varieties of Capitalism, Oxford: Oxford University Press, Ch. 1, pp. 1-71

Hancké, B. (ed.) 2009. Debating Varieties of Capitalism. Oxford: Oxford university Press, Ch. 1, pp. 21-75 and Ch. 8-9, pp. 251-301

Katzenstein, P. J.. 1985. Small States in World Markets. Cornell: Cornell University Press, Ch. 1-2, pp. 17-80

North. Douglas. 1990. Institutions, Institutional Change, Economic Performance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, part II and III, pp. 73-141

Casper and Matraves. 2003. ‘Institutional frameworks and innovation in the German and UK pharmaceutical Industry’ in Research Policy 32, pp. 1865-1879

Campell, J, Hall, J and Pedersen, O. K. (eds.). 2006. National identity and Varieties of Capitalism. Quebec: McGill University Press, Ch 6, pp. 245-271 and Ch 14-15, pp. 431-453

Cerny, P. 1997. ‘Paradoxes of the Competition State. The Dynamics of Political Globalisation’. In Government and Opposition. 32:2, pp. 251-274

Campell, J.: ‘Institutional Reproduction and Change’, Ch. 4, pp. 87-117; Weiss, L. ‘The State in the Economy:Neoliberal or Neoactivitst?’ Ch. 7, pp. 183-211; Pedersen, O.K.: ‘Institutional Competitiveness: How Nations came to Compete’ Ch. 22, pp. 625-659 in Morgan, G. et. al (eds.). 2010. The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Institutional Analysis, Oxford: Oxford University Press