Global Governance and Development: Great Transformations in the Global Society (WS 2016/2017)

Universität Duisburg-Essen, WS 2016/2017
Dirk Messner, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Tel.: +49 228 94927-110 (-111)
Twitter: @DirkMessner

I ) 25 October 2016, 9.00 – 12.00

Three waves of global change: Transformation of the global economy towards 2030/50…there might be a fourth wave
Presentation Lecture 1: Four Waves of Global Change: The Great Gobal Transformation towards 2050

Messner, Dirk (2011): Three waves of global change – The dynamics of
global governance in the first half of the 21st century, in:  Thomas Fues/LIU Youfa (eds.), Global governance and building a harmonious world: a comparison of European and Chinese concepts for international affairs (Bonn: Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik / German Development Institute, Studies 62), 9-38* 

Brynjolfsson, Erik; Andrew McAfee (2014), The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, Norton, London

Fogel, Robert W. (1999): Catching Up with the Economy, in The American Economic Review, Vol. 89, No. 1, S.1-21 *

Kaplinsky, Raphael; Dirk Messner (2008): The Impact of Asian Drivers on the developing world, Special Issue, World Development, Nr. 2, 197-209 

Kennedy, Paul (1989): The rise and fall of great powers, New York

Kupchan, Charles et al. (2001): Power in transition. The peaceful change of the international order, Tokio/ New York 

Nye, Joseph; John Donahue (2000): Introduction: Governance in a globalizing world, in: Joseph Donahue / Joseph Nye (Hrsg.): Governance in a globalizing World, Washington, 1-41*

OECD (2010): Perspectives on global development 2010. Shifting wealth, Paris (executive summary)

Reinhart, Carmen; Kenneth Rogoff (2009): This time is different. Eight centuries of financial folly, Princeton, 203-247 

Subramanian, Arvind: Introduction, in: Arvind Subramanian (2011). Eclipse. Living in the Shadow of China’s Economic, Washington D.C., 1-12*

Subramanian, Arvind (2011): Eclipse. Living in the Shadow of China’s Economic, Washington D.C

World Bank Indicators
World Bank, GNI per capita Atlas
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II) 8 November 2016, 9.00 – 12.00
Three different perspectives on globalization
Bhagwati, Jagdish, J. (2004): In defense of globalization, Oxford (Introduction)*

Justin Lin (2010): New structural economics. A framework for rethinking development, World Bank Policy Research Paper 5197, Washington*

Stiglitz, Joseph (2007): Globalization and its discontents, W. W. Norton, New York

Fitoussi, Jean-Paul / Joseph E. Stiglitz (2011): Chairmen’s summary, in: Jean-Paul Fitoussi / Joseph E. Stiglitz and the Paris Group (eds): The G20 and recovery and beyond. New York, 5-29; 33-38*

III) 22 November 2016, 09:00-12:00

Globalization from an actor perspective
The new global poverty map … the new global middle classes … new innovators: Impacts on international politics?

Sumner, Andy (2010): Global poverty and the new bottom billion, Brighton, IDS Working Papers Volume 2010, Issue 349, 1–43* 

Kharas, Homi (2010): The emerging middle class in developing countries, OECD Development Centre Working Paper No. 285, 2012* 

Sumner, Andy (2012): Beyond Low and Middle Income Countries: What if There Were Five Clusters of Developing Countries? IDS Working Papers Volume 2012, No. 404 

Brynjolfsson, Erik; Andrew McAfee (2014), The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, Norton, London, 1-13*, 57-71

IV) 29 November 2016, 9.00 – 12.00

How do markets work? The role of institutions, rules, and human behaviour – different perspectives? 

Akerlof, George / Robert Shiller (2009): Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism. Frankfurt/ New York, 29-92* 

Friedman, Milton (1990): Free too choose, New York* 

Ostrom, Elinor (2003): Toward a behavioural theory of linking trust, reciprocity, and
, in: Elinor Ostrom/ James Walker (eds): Trust and reciprocity, New York,

V) 10 January 2017, 9.00 – 12.00

a)      Long term dynamics in the Earth system – The age of the Anthropocene

Lenton, Timothy et al (2007): Tipping Elements in the Earth`s Climate system. in: PNAS, Jg. 105/6, S. 1786-1793

Johann Rockström (2009): A safe operating Space for Humanity, Nature, Vol. 461, 24 September, 472-475*

Messner, Dirk/ John Schellnhuber/ Stefan Rahmstorf/ Daniel Klingenfeld (2010): The budget approach: A framework for a global transformation toward a low-carbon economy, in: Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Vol. 2, Nr. 3*

Williams, Mark / Jan Zalasiewicz,/ Alan Haywood /Mike Ellis (eds) (2011): Special Theme Issue 'The Anthropocene: a new epoch of geological time?' Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A, 369, 842-867

b)    The great transformation towards sustainability

German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) (2011): World in transition – A social contract for sustainability, Berlin

Leggewie, Claus/ Dirk Messner (2012): The low-carbon transformation—A social science perspective, in: Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Vol. 4, Issue 4*
Messner, Dirk (2015): A social contract for low carbon and sustainable development: Reflections on non-linear dynamics of social realignments and technological innovations in transformation processes, in: Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 98, Nr. 9, 260-270.*

WBGU (2016): Humanity on the move: Unlocking the transformative power of cities. Berlin.

Additional material:
WBGU Symposium on “Low Carbon Prosperity” (summary, papers, videos)
Virtual WBGU - lectures on the “Great transformation towards sustainability”

VI) 24 January 2017, 09:00-12:00

Development within the planetary boundaries: Green Growth? No Growth? Low
Carbon Society? … Comparing Green Transformation Strategies

Please read the executive summaries of:

a) The low carbon perspective

The global commission on the economy and climate (2014), The New Climate Economy Report, Better Growth - Better Climate. Washington

b) The future of growth

Jackson, Tim (2009): Prosperity without Growth, London

c) Perspective of multilateral organizations: Convergence – Divergence?

OECD (2011): Towards green growth, Paris 

UNEP (2011): Towards a green economy, Nairobi 

Worldbank (2012): Inclusive green growth, Washington

Washington / Worldbank (2015): Decarbonizing Development : Three Steps to a Zero-Carbon Future, Washington

VII)  7 February 2017 2017, 09.00 – 12.00

Cooperation in a globalized world – Can global governance work in a world society of 9 billion people? Meta, macro and micro perspectives

Bremmer, Ian (2012): What is the G-Zero?, in: Ian Bremmer: Every nation for itself. Winners and losers in a G-Zero World. New York, 7-35*

Bremmer, Ian (2012): What comes next?, in: Ian Bremmer: Every nation for itself. Winners and losers in a G-Zero World. New York, 151 - 184

Mearsheimer, John (2004): Why China`s rise will not be peaceful, Chicago*

Ostrom, Elinor (1999): Revisiting the commons. Local lessons, global challenges, in: Science, Vol. 284, No. 5412, 278-282

Nowak, Martin (2011): Super co-operators. Evolution, altruism and human behaviour, New York, preface, 1-20*, 267-284 

Tomasello, Michael (2009): Why we cooperate. Cambridge.

Messner, Dirk / Alejandro Guarin / Daniel Haun (2013): The behavioral dimensions of international cooperation. Discussion Paper, No. 1, Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg.

Messner, Dirk / Silke Weinlich (2016): The evolution of human cooperation: lessons learnt for the future of global governance, in: Dirk Messner / Silke Weinlich (eds): Global Cooperation and the Human Factor in International Relations. London: Routledge, 3-46*