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Non-state actors



This course explores the various ways in which non-state actors engage in policymaking at the national and supranational level. We will consider the various strategies used by non-state actors to influence policymakers at different levels of governance, and under which conditions these strategies prove effective. The course will introduce students to a number of theories to explain the collective action of non-state actors and their capacity to influence governments and international organizations. It will review the opportunities and constraints of different types of non-state actors (e.g NGOs, trade unions, employer groups, multinational corporations, thinks tanks; regulatory bodies; rating agencies) within different levels of governance and organizations (e.g national governments, the European Union, the WTO).

Learning objectives

After taking this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the role of non-state actors in policymaking across different levels of governance

  • Understand the different opportunities and constraints offered by different political settings, national and international

  • Understand the different capacity of collective action and influence of different types of non-state actors


On the Public Administration front page of the E-guide you will find links to the website and timetables, uSis and Blackboard.

Methods of instruction

Interactive lectures, seminars.

Study load

Total study load is 140 hours.

Method of assessment

Two written assignments (both 40%), participation and quizzes (20%). Each of the two written assignments can be retaken if the grade was lower than 5.5.

You can find more information about assessments and the timetable exams on the website.
Details for submitting papers (deadlines) are posted on Blackboard.
On the Public Administration front page of the E-guide you will find links to the website, uSis and Blackboard.

Students will be permitted to resit an examination if they have taken the first sit and have a mark lower than 5.5 or with permission of the Board of Examiners.

Resit written exam
Students that want to take part in a resit for a written exam, are required to register via uSis. Use the activity number that can be found on the ‘timetable exams’.


The Blackboard site will be made available no later than one week before the start of the course.

Reading list

Readings will be announced in the course syllabus. The readings for the first week of the course will be announced a week in advance on Blackboard.


Use both uSis and Blackboard to register for every course.
Register for every course and workgroup via uSis. Some courses and workgroups have a limited number of participants, so register on time (before the course starts). In uSis you can access your personal schedule and view your results. Registration in uSis is possible from four weeks before the start of the course.
Also register for every course in Blackboard. Important information about the course is posted here.


Dhr. Dr. Afonso