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OCEU 2215 - Populism and Foreign Policy

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course will explore the consequences of the rise of populism for foreign policy making in Europe. How does a political ideology built on the rejection of both domestic elites and external influences affect the practice by which the EU and its member states interact with the outside world? To address this question, the course will lean on the tools of Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA). More crucially, populism being a contested notion and its links with foreign policy remaining understudied, it will be up to students to come to their own conclusions based on readings, assignments, lectures, class discussions and prior knowledge or experience. The course will rely on the tools and concepts of FPA, a sub-discipline of International Relations. It will be partly theoretical, in so far as it will seek to establish an analytical lens to capture the distinctive effects of populism on foreign policy. At the same time though, FPA seeks to answer questions that are directly relevant to foreign policy practitioners – namely what drives state behavior and what determines state policy choices – and the course will thus formulate policy-relevant insights. As such, the knowledge gained in the course on how the rise of populism affects European foreign policies and EU politics will be of practical relevance for careers in diplomacy, international organizations, business, consulting, NGOS and journalism.


CADIER, David A. (Chercheur)

Pedagogical format

Weekly sessions will be divided in two parts of one hour each. The first part will consist in a lecture presentation given by the instructor. The second part will be devoted to class discussions on the assigned readings and to tasked-based exercises on the subject under scrutiny. They will be open by student presentations (10 minutes long)

Course validation

- Oral Presentation (40%), one per semester, by groups of two - Essay (60%), due early December


In addition to the assignments described above, students are requested to read, for each session, one or two text of about 30-40 pages (in total).

Required reading

  • Christopher Hill, Foreign Policy in the Twenty-First Century, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
  • Cas Mudde and Cristobal Rovira Kaltwasser, Populism: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2017
  • Rosa Balfour & al., Europe's Troublemakers: The populist challenge to foreign policy, European Policy Centre, 2016 (online)
  • Susi Dennison & Dina Pardijs, The world according to Europe's insurgent parties: Putin, migration and people power, European Council on Foreign Relations, June 2016 (online)