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OCEU 2120 - The Functioning of the European Union

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Voir les plans de cours et bibliographies

Pre-requisite

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Course Description

The course looks back to some key aspects and chapters of the EU integration process and the evolution of EU institutions, but the main objective is to understand how a multitude of actors run the EU bodies and the interactions between them. Students will examine various interpretations of the EU as a quasi-federal system, where some competences are centralized, and others are shared between the Member States and the EU level bodies, and this makes the EU a very special polity and organizational structure. A variety of questions will be discussed, especially in the context of power relations between EU institutions, the nature of technocratic governance and the ways to overcome the democratic deficit and embed the EU decision making in national and social consultations. What values are represented by the EU and how the institutions protect them will also be discussed.

Teachers

ANDOR, László (Associate Professor)

Course validation

30% essay or oral presentation in class ; 70% written exam at last session.

Required reading

To be announced

Plans de cours et bibliographies

Session 1: Introduction: history and anatomy; intro test
Required readings

  • Kenealy, Daniel, John Peterson and Richard Corbett eds. (2015) The European Union: How does it work? Oxford University Press, Chapter 1-2

Recommended readings

  • Bickerton, Chris (2016) The European Union: A Citizen’s Guide, London: Pelican

Session 2: The EU architecture; institutions and their interactions
Required readings

  • Kenealy, Daniel, John Peterson and Richard Corbett eds. (2015) The European Union: How does it work? Oxford University Press, Chapter 3.

Recommended readings

  • Toemmel, Ingeborg (2014) The European Union: What it is and how it works, Palgrave Macmillan

Session 3: Arms of governance: legislation, policy coordination and budget
Required readings

  • Kenealy, Daniel, John Peterson and Richard Corbett eds. (2015) The European Union: How does it work? Oxford University Press, Chapter 5

Recommended readings

  • Wallace, Helen, Mark A. Pollack and Alasdair R. Young eds. (2014) Policy-Making in the European Union (7th edition), Oxford University Press

Session 4: EU law, legislative procedures, enforcement, infringement
Required readings

  • Kenealy, Daniel, John Peterson and Richard Corbett eds. (2015) The European Union: How does it work? Oxford University Press, Chapter 5

Session 5: EU governance, policy coordination, soft law
Required readings

  • Kenealy, Daniel, John Peterson and Richard Corbett eds. (2015) The European Union: How does it work? Oxford University Press, Chapter 6

Recommended readings

  • Nugent, Neill (2010) The Government and Politics of the European Union (7th edition), Palgrave Macmillan

Session 6: Life-cycle of a Commission; national and EU level political dynamics

  • Russack, Sophia (2017) How is Juncker’s’last-chance Commission’ faring at mid-term? SIEPS : European Policy Analysis, June
  • Kenealy, Daniel, John Peterson and Richard Corbett eds. (2015) The European Union: How does it work? Oxford University Press, Chapter 4

Session 7: EU budget, financial instruments, MFF: from planning to auditing

  • Benedetto, Giacomo (2015) The Balance of Power over the EU budget, SIEPS : European Policy Analysis, June

Recommended readings
http://www.brusselstimes.com/magazine2/5828/myths-and-truths-about-the-salaries-and-taxes-of-eu-officials
Session 8: Agencies and consultative bodies. EU staff; life in the institutions

  • Kenealy, Daniel, John Peterson and Richard Corbett eds. (2015) The European Union: How does it work? Oxford University Press

Recommended readings
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2014/10/13/the-role-of-think-tanks-in-the-eu-policy-process-remains-largely-uncharted-territory-for-political-scientists/
Session 9: External relations: enlargements and neighbourhood
Required readings

  • Kenealy, Daniel, John Peterson and Richard Corbett eds. (2015) The European Union: How does it work? Oxford University Press, Chapter 8

Session 10: External relations: multilateralism and G20
Required readings

  • Kenealy, Daniel, John Peterson and Richard Corbett eds. (2015) The European Union: How does it work? Oxford University Press, Chapter 9-10

Session 11: Technocratic governance, communication, social dialogue and civil society

  • Kenealy, Daniel, John Peterson and Richard Corbett eds. (2015) The European Union: How does it work? Oxford University Press, Chapter 7

Session 12: The future of the EU – Juncker’s White Paper
Required readings

  • European Commission: White Paper on the Future of Europe (2017 March)

Biographical Information

László Andor Ph.D. is a Hungarian economist and head of department at Corvinus University (Budapest). He also is a Senior Fellow at Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) and Visiting Professor at ULB (Brussels). He was EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion in the Barroso II Commission (2010-14). He studied at Karl Marx (now Corvinus) University and the University of Manchester.
Between 1991 and 2005, he taught political science and economic policy in Budapest, and he was editor of the social science journal Eszmélet. He has also taught at Rutgers (USA) and advised the World Bank on SAPRI. From 2005 until 2010 he was a Member of the Board of Directors of the EBRD (London), representing the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia.
He is Policy Fellow at IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor, Bonn), a Senior Adviser at EPC, a member of RAND Europe’s Council of Advisors, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Friends of Europe, and member of the Board of Directors of Notre Europe (Paris).
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LaszloAndorEU