SemesterFall Semester, 2017
DepartmentThe International Master Program of Applied Economics and Social Development (IMES) , First Year The International Master Program of Applied Economics and Social Development (IMES) , Second Year
Course NameIdeas and Policy
InstructorWU DER-YUAN
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule
Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

To be recruited from doctoral students (Year 2 or above preferred);

Help administer class meetings, prepare class materials, coordinate and practice, facility operation 


1.     In-class participations: 20%

2.     Two (One for MA students) reading summary/critical reports and presentations: 30% (Due by 7am of the presenting day, Late Penalty: 1 deducted from total per day)

3.     Final paper: 50% (written paper (15-20 pages)40%+outline presentation 10%)

Due on Jan. 14, 2018. (Late paper marked down 1 of total grade per day late)

Textbook & Reference

Lichbach, Mark I. and Adam B. Seligman, 2000 Market and Community 

March, James G. and Johan P. Olsen, 1989 Rediscovering Institutions 

Stone, Deborah 2012 Policy Paradox 

Orren, Gary R. 1988“Beyond Self-Interest” in Robert B. Reich ed. The Power of Public Ideas

Ruggie, J.G., 1998 Constructing the World Polity 

Keohane, Robert O. 1989, International Institutions and State Power,

Krasner, Stephen D. 1988“Sovereignty: an Institutional Perspective”, Comparative Political Studies, April 1988, 21 (1): 66-94

Goldstein, J. and R.O. Keohane, 1993“Ideas and Foreign Policy: An Analytical Framework” in J. Goldstein and R.O.Keohane eds. Ideas and Foreign Policy 

Mehta, Jal 2011“The Varied Roles of Ideas in Politics: From `Whether’ to `How’” in Daniel Beland and Robert H. Cox eds. Ideas and Politics in Social Science Research 

Campbell, John L. 1998 “Institutional Analysis and the Role of Ideas in Political Economy” Theory and Society 27: 377-409

Schmidt, V.A. 2008 “Discursive Institutionalism: The Explanatory Power of Ideas and Discourse”. Annual Review of Political Science 11: 303-26

Acharya, Amitav 2009 Whose Ideas Matter? Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism

Ba, Alice D.2009 (Re)Negotiating East and Southeast Asia

Stubbs, Richard and Jennifer Mustapha, 2014 “Ideas and Institutionalization in Asia” in Pekkanen, Ravenhill and Foot eds. Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia

Beech, Matt “British Conservatism and Foreign Policy: Traditions and Ideas Shaping Cameron’s Global View” British Journal of Politics & International Relations, 2011, 13 (3)

Ipek, Pinar “Ideas and Change in Foreign Policy Instruments: Soft Power and the Case of the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency” Foreign Policy Analysis, 2015, 11 (2)

Glaser, Bonnie et al, “The Changing Ecology of Foreign Policy-Making in China: Ascension and Demise of the Theory of `Peaceful Rise’” The China Quarterly, 2006, Vol. 190

March, Luke “Nationalism for Export? The Domestic and Foreign Policy Implications of the `New Russia’ Idea” Europe-Asia Studies, 2012, 64 (3)

Eriksson, Johan and Norman, Ludvig “Political Utilization of Scholarly Ideas: the `Clash of Civilizations’ vs `Soft Power’ in US Foreign Policy” Review of International Studies, 2011, 37 (1)

Tsyqankov, Andrei P. “Finding a Civilizational Idea: `West’, `Eurasia’ and `Euro-East’ in Russia’s Foreign Policy”, Geopolitics. 2007, 12 (3)

Bratberg, Oivind “Ideas, Tradition and Norm Entrepreneurs: Retracing Guiding Principles of Foreign Policy in Blair and Chirac’s Speeches on Iraq” Review of International Studies, 2011, 37 (1)

Stein, Ewan “The `Camp David Consensus’: Ideas, Intellectuals and the Division of Labor in Egypt’s Foreign Policy toward Israel” International Studies Quarterly, 2011, 55 (3)

Kratochvil, Petr et al “Foreign Policy, Rhetorical Action and the Ideas of Otherness: the Czech Republic and Russia” Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 2006, 39 (4)

Thorun, Christian 2009 Explaining Change in Russian Foreign Policy

Wu, Der-yuan 2001“Institutional Development and Adaptability: Canada, Taiwan and the Social Construction of `One China’” 

Best, Joel ed. 1989 Images of Issues

Rochefort, David and Roger W. Cobb eds. 1994 The Politics of Problem Definition 

Kingdon, John 2011 Agendas, Alternatives and Public Policies

Hajer, M. A.  1993“Discourse Coalitions and the Institutionalization of Practice: the Case of Acid Rain in Great Britain” in F.Fischer and J. Forester eds. The Argumentative Turn in Policy Analysis and Planning. 

Hall, Peter A. 1993 “Policy Paradigms, Social Learning and the State: the Case of Economic Policymaking in Britain” Comparative Politics 25: 175-96.

Howett, Michael 1994 “Policy Paradigms and Policy Change: Lessons from the Old and New Canadian Policies towards Aboriginal Peoples.” Policy Studies Journal 22 (4): 631-49.

Wincott, Daniel 2011“Ideas, Policy Change and the Welfare State” in Daniel Beland and Robert H. Cox eds. Ideas and Politics in Social Science Research

Campbell, John L. and Ove K. Pedersen 2011“Knowledge Regimes and Comparative Political Economy” in Daniel Beland and Robert H. Cox eds. Ideas and Politics in Social Science Research 

Haas, Peter 1992 “Introduction: Epistemic Communities and International Policy Coordination,” International Organization 46: 1 (Winter): 1-35

Keck, Margaret E. and Kathryn Sikkink 1998 Activists beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics. 

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