Europeanisation and Domestic Change
Full course description
This course aims to examine the changes in the national political systems of the EU member states that can be attributed to the development of the European regional integration. We study how European integration impacts on domestic political opportunity structures and look at actors and institutions, such as governments, parliaments, courts, parties and interest groups. We examine both institutional as well as more historical and cultural factors. In this course we furthermore study the question of how, and to what extent, Europe actually matters for domestic policies (e.g. environmental, immigration, social policy). The skills training focuses on policy evaluation and students put together in small groups a policy evaluation paper.
- Understand how the process of European integration affects the polity, politics and policies of the EU member states and form a judgement on scholarly arguments, including their implicit assumptions, in debates on Europeanisation;
- Apply relevant conceptual and theoretical approaches from comparative politics and public administration and the appropriate research methods to answer advanced academic questions on the domestic impact of European integration;
- Gain insight into EU evaluation processes, understand the challenges of designing evaluation frameworks, and critically interpret and draw conclusions from an evaluation study;
- Reach well-reasoned conclusions about the process of Europeanisation through integrating substantive knowledge, theories and methods, and making use sources and data to build evidence-based arguments, while reflecting on the societal and ethical implications of those conclusions;
- Express ideas and research findings on Europeanisation to specialist European and international academic audiences in written academic English through the medium of an academic paper and an evaluation proposal;
- Autonomously generate new ideas and research questions on Europeanisation, make substantive choices when analysing these questions, while setting priorities and a workplan within the timeframe of the course;
- Participate in scholarly and policy debates on Europeanisation, within the international PBL classroom, as well as function in a group setting and work in an international professional environment.
Advanced knowledge of the European institutional construction and the main EU policy processes
Graziano, P. & Vink, M. (Eds.) (2007). Europeanization: New Research Agendas. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.