The Governance track focuses on governance within and beyond the nation state, and related changes to the underlying structure of the global political economy. It analyses how problems are solved (or not solved) in contexts in which authority, whether concentrated or dispersed, requires cooperation among multiple independent actors such as within the European Union, or the Afghan loya jirga.

Students learn how different groups of governmental and non-governmental actors influence policy-making and how regional and global governance penetrates core domains of public policy in national and local settings. This track helps students to identify alternative institutional options for cooperative problem-solving and, from a more critical perspective, examines why intergovernmental solutions advocated over recent decades no longer appear to be working.

MPA students may complete a specialization in Governance. To earn a specialization, MPA students must accumulate 12 credits from the list of courses in the track and take two of three specialist Gateway courses. Students must take at least two of the following three Gateway courses: The Evolution of Modern Governance (2 credits); The Arab Spring: Democratization in 'Fragile' States (2 credits); The Global Politics of China (2 credits).

One-year MAPP students may complete a concentration in Governance. To complete a concentration one-year MAPP students must:

  • earn a minimum of 6 course credits in the concentration they have selected and
  • write a thesis (also 6 credits) on a topic related to the same concentration.

To view available courses, please see the course directory here.