EU Politics and the Policy-Making Process
Full course description
This course concentrates on the analysis and evaluation of policy making, in particular on the different manifestations and modes of policy making within the EU. The course is organised around three themes: political actors with an emphasis on the role of the EU institutions, policy-making which focuses on processes including the democratic deficit, and new approaches to European governance. The skills training that is an integral part of this course focuses on policy analysis by introducing and scrutinising the different phases of the European policy process, while providing the instruments and methods for the analysis thereof.
- Understand the multi-level system of actors, institutions, norms and practices that make up European governance;
- Understand the European policy process, including the different modes of policy-making from agenda-setting to implementations, and the implications of the European integration process in terms of democracy;
- Apply major conceptual and theoretical approaches in the field of public administration and you understand their relevance for European public policy;
- Analyse public policy in areas where different modes of EU policy-making apply, specifically in EU trade policy, social policy, energy or the environment;
- Apply concepts and theories to advanced academic questions and policy relevant cases in the field of European public policy;
- Evaluate and form a judgement on scholarly arguments, including their implicit assumptions, in debates about European public policy;
- Present an analysis of public policy in the areas of EU trade policy, social policy, energy or the environment;
- Participate in scholarly and policy debates on European public policy, within the international PBL classroom, with a focus on team-work (in preparation for chairing a tutorial),
leading and facilitating discussions and
time-management (both during tutorials).
Being an advanced course, students are assumed to have a sound knowledge of the European institutions, their formal competences concerning EU policy-making and the basics of EU (institutional) law.
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Follesdahl, A. & Hix, S. (2006). Why There is a Democratic Deficit in the EU: A Response to Majone and Moravcsik. Journal of Common Market Studies, 44(3). pp. 533–62.
Kelemen, R. D. (2002). The Politics of ‘Eurocratic’ Structures and the New European Agencies. West European Politics, 25, 93-118