European Union Seminar Professor Strezhneva



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European Union

Seminar


Professor Strezhneva

E-mail: integri2016@gmail.com



Course Description and Objectives. In this course we will analyze the politics, institutions and policies of the European Union (EU). Throughout the course we will focus on the interaction of internal and external dimensions of the EU activity. In particular, we will analyze the global role of the EU. We will review the ‘classic’ and modern theories employed to explain European integration and European political process. We will also examine several areas of EU policy, including the internal market, macroeconomic policy, energy and climate change.

The course will assist students in understanding the institutional structure and operations of the EU and it will introduce them to several prominent issues it is faced with. As a result the students are expected to be able to view integrated Europe within a wider international and global perspective.



Course Requirements:

One Essay (20%) of 500–600 words on a particular topic (see below), presented on a particular date. The essay is to be submitted electronically for other students to read it 24 hours before class. The essay should not be a summary of home reading, but should agree or disagree with arguments made in it. The essay is discussed in class by the whole group.

Regular Weekly Home Readings (20%). All students are to do the reading before each class and to come prepared for the general discussion of the week’s material.

One Report (20%) The report is made in class (5 minutes) on the topic assigned to introduce other students to the substance. Be ready to answer the questions.

One Project (40%) prepared by 3 students each, with PowerPoint presentations, to be presented in class (10 minutes talk, 10 minutes discussion).

Readings


  1. Cini Michelle, Pérez-Solórzano Borragán Nieves (eds.). European Union Politics. 5th edition. OUP Oxford, 2016. eBook.

  2. Corner Mark. The European Union: An Introduction. London: I.B.Tauris. 2014. eBook.

  3. The European Union and Global Governance : A Handbook / ed. J.-U. Wunderlich, D.J. Bailey. - London : Routledge, 2011.

  4. Renard, Thomas; Biscop, Sven. The European Union and Emerging Powers in the 21st Century : How Europe Can Shape a New Global Order. Burlington, VT : Routledge. 2012. eBook.

  5. Staab Andreas. The European Union Explained: Institutions, Actors, Global Impact. Bloomington, Ind : Indiana University Press. 2013. eBook.

  6. Wallace William, Wallace Helen and Mark Pollack (eds.). Policy-Making in the European Union. 5th edition. OUP, 2005




  1. INTRODUCTION

No reading

  1. THE NOTION OF INTEGRATION. INTEGRATION THEORIES

Reading:

  1. Cini, Pérez-Solórzano Borragán (eds). Part 2: Theories and Conceptual Approaches.

  2. Laursen Finn. Theory and Practice of Regional Integration. Jean Monnet/Robert Schuman Paper Series. Vol. 8. No 3. February 2008.

Project: Recent developments in integration theory

Report: Neofunctionalism and postfunctional theory of European integration

Essay: Constructivist turn in integration theory



  1. HISTORY OF THE EU

Reading'>Reading:

  1. Corner (author). 2: History

  2. Staab (author). Part one: The Evolution of the EU

Project: the Founding Fathers of the EU

Report: Hague Congress 1948

Essay: EU after the 2008-2011 economic and financial crisis: what has changed?



  1. EU INSTITUTIONS

Reading:

  1. Staab (author). Part two: Institutions

  2. Cini, Pérez-Solórzano Borragán (eds). Part 3: Institutions and Actors.

Project: Evolution of the functions of the European Commission

Report: The role of the European Court of Justice

Essay: The EU democratic deficit




  1. EUROPEAN MODES OF GOVERNANCE

Reading:

  1. Wallace, Wallace and Mark Pollack (eds.). 3 An Institutional Anatomy and Five Policy Modes, рр. 49-90.

Project: Transgovernmental mode of economic governance in the EU

Report: Comitology

Essay: Has the open method of coordination become irrelevant?


  1. EU INTERNAL MARKET DEVELOPMENTS

Reading:

a) Cini, Pérez-Solórzano Borragán (eds). 18: Single Market



  1. Vetter Stefan. The Single European Market 20 years on. Achievements, unfulfilled expectations & further potential. Deutsche Bank Research, 2013.

Project: How important Britain is for the SIM?

Essay: Negative and positive integration

Report: SIM for services




  1. BUDGET ISSUES

Reading:

a) European Union Public Finance, 5th Edition, pp. 99-218


Report: The annual budgetary procedure

Project: Own resources of the Union’s budget

Essay: Prospects for the EU financial transaction tax


  1. ECONOMIC AND MONETARY UNION

Reading:

  1. Lorenzo DONATELLI, Alice ZOPPÈ, Dario PATERNOSTER. European Parliament Briefing. Institutions and Bodies in the Economic and Monetary Union. February 2016.

  2. Cini, Pérez-Solórzano Borragán (eds). 21: Economic and Monetary Union

Report: Capital Markets Union

Essay: What future for the Stability and growth pact?

Project: Banking Union



  1. TRADE POLICY

Reading:

  1. World Trade Organization. The Trade Policy Review of the European Union, 18 May 2015, pp. 26–34

  2. Staab (author). 15: Trade and Common Commercial Policy

Report: Russia and EU in WTO

Essay: Issues of taxation in EU trade policy

Project: Bilateralism and/or multilateralism in EU trade policy




  1. COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY

Reading:

  1. Mix Derek E. The European Union: Foreign and Security Policy. Congressional Research Service. 2013

  2. Corner (author). 7: External Relations

Report: EU institutions in common foreign and security policy

Essay: EU as a normative power

Project: EU neighborhood policy: success or failure?


  1. GLOBAL ROLE OF THE EU

Reading:

a)Renard, Thomas; Biscop, Sven. The European Union and Emerging Powers in the 21st Century : How Europe Can Shape a New Global Order. Burlington, VT : Routledge. 2012. eBook.

b) EU-China Observer. Issue 2, 2011
Report: TTIP

Essay: EU-China Relations

Project: Prospects for EU-EAEU cooperation


  1. INTERNAL SECURITY. IMMIGRATION

Reading:

  1. OECD. Is this humanitarian migration crisis different? Migration Policy Debates. 2015 #7.

  2. Cini, Pérez-Solórzano Borragán (eds). 20: The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice.

Report: The Common European Asylum System

Essay: The EU-Turkey refugee deal

Project: Extraterritorial Immigration Control



  1. ENERGY AND ECOLOGY

Reading:

  1. Corner (author). 8: The Greening of Europe?

  2. Dutton Joseph. EU Energy Policy and the Third Package. EPG Working Paper: 1505. 2015. URL: http://www.ukerc.ac.uk/publications/eu-energy-policy-and-the-third-package-working-paper.html

  3. Maltby Tomas. European Union energy policy integration: A case of European Commission policy entrepreneurship and increasing supranationalism. Energy Policy. Volume 55, April 2013, Pages 435–444. URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301421512010798

Project: EU energy policy: agenda dynamics and policy change

Essay: nergy and climate change policy interconnections



Report: Key issues of EU-Russia relations in the energy field

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