We are happy to announce that the SGIR Summer School has received a generous grants from both the ECPR and from Stockholm University. The annual summer school will bring top scholars of international relations, recent PhDs, and PhD students together for a one-week intensive seminar series on core aspects of international relations (IR) research. The theme of the SGIR Summer School 2017 is 'Legitimacy and effectiveness in regional and global governance'. 

SGIR Summer School: Legitimacy and effectiveness in regional and global governance
7-14 June 2017
Stockholm, Sweden
Hosted by: Stockholm University
Supported by: Standing Group on International Relations
Application deadline: April 24, 2017


Target Audience

PhD students, recent PhDs and research Master students may participate


The aim of the summer school is to have students explore research on legitimacy and effectiveness at the forefront of IR from various epistemological, theoretical, and methodological perspectives.


Coping with the challenges of trans-boundary policy challenges is a topical issue of the current global agenda and the object of a vivid debate among scholars. Global crises with regard to climate change, food, health, finance, or the economy have sparked debates about the role of legitimacy and effectiveness in adequately and rapidly responding to regional and global policy challenges. 

Students will hone their understanding of the main theoretical and methodological approaches to legitimacy and effectiveness in global governance, and the consequences for domestic, regional, and global politics.

They will have an opportunity to present their own research projects in an attempt to provide a critical understanding of the role of legitimacy and effectiveness for various aspects of domestic, regional, and global politics.

The summer school is organized by the Graduate School on International Studies, the Department of Economic History, and the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University.

The summer school will have guest lecturers present research in the morning on a topic related to the theme of legitimacy and effectiveness, with afternoons dedicated to the presentation of methods as well as students’ research in a seminar format.

Students attending the summer school will receive 7.5 ECTS credits.



The summer school is open to PhD students, research master students and advanced master students from political science, international relations, public administration or related areas. A basic requirement is that all applicants should have completed introductory courses in political and administrative sciences or international relations at the BA-level. Participants are expected to present their own research in the form of a research paper (6,000 to 8,000 words research paper or book chapter), and to discuss another participant’s paper. Exceptionally we will also accept project proposals or research plans. Students should send their papers to jonatan.stiglund@ekohist.su.se by May 29, 2017.


Required application materials


Recommendation letter by advisor

Research paper abstract (up to 500 words)

All material should be sent to jonatan.stiglund@ekohist.su.se by April 24, 2017.

Decisions on admission will be made on May 1, 2017.​

Lecturers and courses:

Stefanie Bailer, University of Basel
Power, negotiations, and success in the European Union and global climate governance

Simone Dietrich, University of Essex
External actors, democracy-promotion, and local government legitimacy

Mark Rhinard, Stockholm University
The effectiveness of regional and global security governance 

Jan Aart Scholte, University of Gothenburg
The critical study of legitimation and delegitimation in global governance

Jonas Tallberg, Stockholm University
The positive study of legitimacy in global governance

Michael Zürn, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)
Authority and legitimacy in global governance

Please feel free to contact Jonatan Stiglund (jonatan.stiglund@ekohist.su.se) for further information.