International Agreements, Organizations and their Economic Effects

Course title: Hungarian:

Nemzetközi egyezmények, szervezetek és gazdasági hatásaik




International Agreements, Organizations and their Economic Effects



Institute of World Economy and International Relations




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 Language of instruction:



Full time


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per week





Part time




Responsible instructor name:               Dr. János Angi academic position

Associate Professor

Instructor name:

Sándor Nagy

academic position

assistant lecturer

Course goals:The course aim is to provide insight into international agreements and organizations. It places special emphasis on international and regional agreements, which play a very important role in global economy. In this globalized world it is essential that students should get familiar with the most significant pacts and agreements and also the working mechanisms of the international organizations, which function as the essential the background institutions of the current global systems. The lectures intend to highlight the inner causes as well as the driving forces of the mechanisms outlined above with special focus on their decision-making process.
Competences: Knowledge: Capabilities:Attitudes:

Autonomy, responsibility:

Course content , topics:International agreements which cover the economic, political, military, environmental and nuclear fields from all over the world.
Learning methods:Students are required to attend the lessons and to take an active part in the discussions. Everybody is obliged to make a presentation on a chosen international organization. Missing a class more than three times means all the requirements of the course are regarded unfulfilled. Understanding the material is much easier when everyone is paying attention and asks questions when something appears unclear. In case someone is too shy to ask questions publicly, they can grab the opportunity to visit me in the office during the office hours all through the semester. Reading and getting familiar with the compulsory readings is easier when done week by week. Starting to prepare for the tests a short time before they are due will not result in good grades. The mid-term test in order to get the signature is during the mid-term week. The final test is at the end of the semester.
AssessmentMidterm test (30%), final test (30%) and presentation of an international organization (40%).
Final evaluation: 0–59% failed (1), 60–69% acceptable (2), 70–79% medium (3), 80–89% good (4), 90–100% excellent (5)
Compulsory readings: Original text of the agreements and official websites of the international organizationsArcher, Clive: International Organizations (Routledge, 2001)Margaret P. Karns – Karen A. Mingst: International Organizations: The Politics and Processes of Global Governance, (Lynne Rienner Publishers 2009)

Hurd, Ian: International Organizations – Politics, Law, Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

David Armstrong, Lorna Lloyd&John Redmond: International Organisations in World Politics (Palgrave Macmillan 2004)

Recommended readings:

Art, Robert J. and Robert Jervis. 2012. International Politics: Enduring Concepts and Contemporary Issues. Prentice Hall.

Acharya, Amitav and Alastair Iain Johnston. 2007. Crafting Cooperation: Regional International Institutions in Comparative Perspective. Cambridge University Press.

Barnett, Michael and Martha Finnemore. 2004. Rules for the World: International Organizations in World Politics. Cornell University Press.

Diehl, Paul and Brian Frederking, eds. 2010. The Politics of Global Governance: International Organizations in an Interdependent World, 4th ed. Lynne Rienner.

Gruber, Lloyd. 2000. Ruling the World: Power Politics and the Rise of Supranational Institutions. Princeton University Press.

Hawkins, Darren, David A. Lake, Daniel L. Nelson and Michael J. Tierney, eds. 2006. Delegation and Agency in International Organizations. Cambridge University Press.

Lake, David. 2001. “Beyond Anarchy: The Importance of Security Institutions,” International Security 26, pp. 129-160.

Martello, Marybeth, Peter M. Haas, Sheila Jasanoff and Gene Rochlin, eds. 2004. Earthly Politics: Local and Global in Environmental Governance. MIT Press.

Martin, Lisa and Beth Simmons. 1998. “Theories and Empirical Studies of International Institutions,” International Organization 52, pp. 729–757.

Martin, Lisa and Beth Simmons, eds. 2001. International Institutions: An International Organization Reader. MIT Press.

Mearsheimer, John J. 1995. “The False Promise of International Institutions,” International Security 19, pp. 5-49.

Milner, Helen and Andrew Moravcsik, eds. 2009. Power, Interdependence, and Nonstate Actors in World Politics. Princeton University Press.

Nye, Joseph S. 2011. The Future of Power. PublicAffairs.
Ostrum, Elinor. 1990. Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action. Cambridge University Press.







Week Topics
1. Charter of the United NationsStudents learn more about the UN Charter
2. Agreement of the International Monetary FundStudents gain an insight on the IMF
3.  IBRD Articles of AgreementStudents learn more about the World Bank group
4. The North Atlantic TreatyStudents gain insight on the of the most important military agreement
5. General Agreement on Tariffs and TradeStudents learn more about the GATT
6. Treaty establishing the European Economic Community, Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy CommunityStudents gain insight on the European integration
7. Statute of the International Atomic Energy AgencyStudents learn more about the nuclear treaties
8. Asean Declaration (Bangkok Declaration)Students learn more about the Southeast Asian integration
9. Lomé ConventionStudents learn more about the African integration
10. African Economic Community Treaty (Abuja Treaty)Students learn more about about the African Economic Community
11. Treaty of Maastricht on European UnionStudents learn more about the European Integration
12. North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)Students learn more about the North American free trade
13. Kyoto ProtocolStudents learn more about the environmental issues
14. Treaty of LisabonStudents learn more about the latest European treaty

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