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OAFP 5235 - France & the Memberstateness of the European Union

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The course proposes an analysis of the role of Member States within the European Union in general, and of France in particular. It will question the very notion of Memberstateness in order to analyze both: The on-going state of the European Union (role of national interests, leadership, diagnostic of decline in a context of poly-crisis…) The on-going changes within Member States provoked by their belonging to the European Union (Europeanisation of politics and policies, domestic narratives related to the EU…).  The phenomenon of exit the EU, through the concrete case of Brexit. The first part of the course will address those issues from a general standpoint. The second part will consider the example of France dealing both with France's role in the EU and France's Europeanisation.


  • LEQUESNE, Christian (Reserchear director CERI, Sciences Po)
  • ROZENBERG, Olivier C. (Associate Professor à Sciences Po, au Centre d'études européennes.)

Pedagogical format

Elective Course (12 sessions)

Course validation

The validation will be realized through 2 exercises: A post should be realized for the special blog of the course. It should treat of one aspect of the Member State-EU relationship, preferably on topical issues. The post will not exceed 1,500 words (all included, +/- 10%) and should adopt a blog style rather than an academic one. Students will be free to choose their topic but each will be given a date of deliverance. This post will count for 1/3 of the final note. The students will hand a final paper to validate the course. The paper will not exceed 4,000 words (all included, +/- 10%) shall be handed by 4 December 2017, 6 pm in two formats: a hard (printed) copy in Olivier Rozenberg's mail box (28, rue des St Pères, ground floor) and an electronic version sent by email to the teaching assistant using the anti-plagiarism software Urkunde. The number of words should be indicated at the end of the essay. The essay can be drafted either in English or French. It should have a structure (not necessarily 2 parts and 2 subparts) and use footnotes to quote the readings. A list of topics will be suggested. Alternatively, students can make their own proposals, to be discussed with the professors.


Regular readings before the lectures.

Required reading

One before each lecture

Additional required reading

  • Chris Bickerton : European Integration. From Nation-States to Member-States, Oxford, OUP, 2012
  • Christopher Bickerton, Dermot Hodson, Uwe Puetter, « The New Institutionalism : European Integration in the Post-Maastricht Era », Journal of Common Market Studies, 53, 4, July 2015, pp. 703-722
  • Simon Bulmer and Christian Lequesne (eds), The Member States of the European Union, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013
  • Olivier Rozenberg, (2011), “Monnet for Nothing? France's Mixed Europeanisation”, Les Cahiers européens de Sciences Po, n° 04, Paris: Centre d'études européennes at Sciences Po.