The course will help you understand international politics with regard to conservation and management on global commons, especially marine living resources. After taking up theories of global commons as well as relationship between science and politics on the management of global commons, we assess the effectiveness of international institution through case studies on some marine living resources including whales, tuna, and eels. Upon successfully completion of the course, students should be able to understand the basic concepts on the theory of international relations with regard to global commons and analyze and identify key challenges on common pool resources.
2. Theory of the Commons
3. The International Relations of Common Pool Resources
4. Management of global fisheries
5. Science and Politics on the management of global commons
6. Legalization of international politics and the management of global commons
7. Regime complex and institutional linkage of multiple regimes
8. Case study: management of whale resources
9. Case study: regional fisheries management organizations
10. Case study: tuna resources in the Atlantic and Mediterranean
11. Case study: tuna resources in the Pacific
12. Case study: Japan’s fisheries policy
13. Summary and presentations by students
Elinor Ostrom (1990). Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Anarchy and the Environment: The International Relations of Common Pool Resources
Charlotte Epstein (2008), The Power of Words in International Relations: Birth of an Anti-Whaling Discourse, Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press.
J. Samuel Barkin and Elizabeth R. DeSombre (2013), Saving Global Fisheries: Reducing Fishing Capacity to Promote Sustainability, Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press.
Other reading assignments will be announced in class and will be posted on the course website.