POL 438H1/POL 2321H1 Business and Politics: Power in a Global World, spring 2015, spring 2016

This course provides an introduction to the study of business and politics. We examine the reciprocal relationship between business and government by reviewing the ways that business can influence politics and policy making, and the ways politics and policy can shape business behavior. We will draw from comparative and international political economy, global governance studies, and related disciplines such as management and sociology. The course will, first, discuss the role of the state in governing markets and business behavior, as well as the formation of business interests and preferences regarding public policy. Second, we will review how business can acquire and exert political power. We will distinguish between instrumental, structural, and discursive power, and discuss corporate lobbying, business’ agenda setting potential, capitalist ideology, corporate social responsibility, and private governance. Finally, we will discuss several currently relevant topics, such as the relationship between business behavior and civil society activism, the politics of corporate governance, and the role of business in economic crises. 

POL/PPG D64H3 Comparative Public Policy, spring 2015, spring 2016 (UTSC)

This course offers an introduction to the field of comparative public policy. We will approach the field with a political economy perspective by paying particular attention to the influence of economic factors on policy making, and to explaining economic policy and the economic aspects of various policy areas. In addition, we will highlight the importance of interactions between the domestic and the international/global level. Theoretically, the course will explore various factors that influence a country’s policies, why countries’ policies diverge, and what drives cross-country policy convergence.  We will thereby focus on the role of institutions, interests, ideas, and the international environment. Substantively, the course will discuss several key contemporary issue areas, including trade policy, economic crisis policy, energy policy, and climate change policy. 

POL/PPG C66H3 Public Policy Making: Domestic, International and Transnational Perspectives, fall 2014, fall 2015 (UTSC)

This course provides an introduction to the study of public policy. It addresses the nature and context of public policy making, and the influence of key actors and institutions. We will review several theoretical approaches to policy making while focusing on the policy cycle (agenda setting, decision making, implementation, and evaluation), policy durability and change, globalization, policy making beyond the state, and the emergence of private forms of governance.



    Teaching Fellow, Institutions and the Environment, Prof. B. Cashore, spring 2010; spring 2014
    Teaching Fellow, International Environmental Policy and Governance, Prof. B. Cashore, fall 2010

    Teaching Fellow, The New Corporate Social Responsibility: Public Problems, Private Solutions, and Strategic Responses, Prof. B. Cashore, fall 2009 


    Lecturer, Seminar in International Relations: Private Actors in International Relations, 2005-2006 and 2006-2007

    Teaching Assistant, International Organization, Prof. H. Bruyninckx, spring 2006

    Teaching Assistant, International Environmental Politics and Sustainable Development, Prof. H. Bruyninckx, fall 2005

    Teaching Assistant, Theories of International Relations, Prof. H. Bruyninckx, fall 2005

    Preparation and facilitation of two-day workshops (3 per year) for the students of the Master in Conflict and Peace Studies 2005-2007