40040 - Governance and Policies of the European Integration

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Affordable and clean energy Climate Action Peace, justice and strong institutions Partnerships for the goals

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is: to achieve advanced overview of the european integration and knowledge of the main theories and approaches to European integration, EU institutional settings and modes of policy making. The second part of the program focuses on the European governance, introducing the concept, the analytical approach, and the functioning in contemporary EU. It follows the study of some policies promoted by the EU (Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Regional Policy, Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), Environmental policy). Through the study of these sectoral policies and related policy making the students will have got the instrument for analyzing the main policy modes in the EU, including open-method of coordination and intensive intergovernamentalism. The third part of the program is focused on recent literature and debate on EU integration crisi and theories of dis-integration

Course contents

The course is divided in three parts:

  • the first is devoted to the study of European integration theories and approaches: neofunctionalism, intergovernamentalism, governance and multilevel-governance, network analysis, and europeanization studies; recent literature about EU Crisis and 'disintegration' will be considered (10 hours);
  • the second part is focused on EU governance, modes of policy making in different european policies. Modes of EU policy making will be analysed: community method, intergovernamental negotiations, open method of coordination, and the European Semester as a framework of hard coordination; theories and approaches will be empirically tested for the study and explanation of european policies (relevant actors, procedures, informal practices, style of decision making) (20 hours);
  • in the third part some relevant areas of EU policies and decison-making processes will be analysed through readings and seminars devoted to specific arguments fo EU governance and policies (10 hours):

a final simulation will be prepared (it depends on the number of students) (4 hours).

Basic knowleddge on history and institutional organization of EU is taken for granted; the text books are

Brunazzo M. 2017, L'integarzione differenziata. L'UE e le prospettive future, Mondadori

Nugent N., 2011, Organizzazione politica europea, Vol. II, Bologna, Mulino

For Erasmus students the text book to study before the course is: Bache I, and Others, 2012, The Politics of European Union, Oxford University Press

The course would be useful for students to choose to participate in selections and grants for stages in EU institutions, summer school, EU simulations (Council, EP sessions, etc.).


Text Books and articles:

Integration theories

- Rosamond B., 2000, Theories of European Integration, Basingstoke, Macmillan

-Cini M. and Pérez-Solórzano Borragán N., 2018, European Union Politics, Sixth Edition, Oxford University Press

- Kohler-Koch B., Rittberger B., 2006, The Governance Turn in EU Studies, in Journal of Common Market Studies, vol. 44, pp. 27-49

Jones E., Menon A., Weatherill S., 2012, The Oxford Handbook of the European Union, Oxford University Press

Deepenings on Recent Theoretical Debate:

JCMS, 2016, Another Theory is Possible: Dissident Voices in Theorising Europe, Special Issue in “Journal of Common Market Studies”, Guest Editors: Ian Manners and Richard Whitman, 54, 1, pp- 3-212. (selected articles)

JEEP, 2015, European Integration in Time of Crisis: Theory and Practices, special Issue in “Journal of European Public Policy”, 22, 2. (selected articles)

- Young A. R, 2016, An Inflection Point in European Union Studies, in “Journal of European Public Policy”, vol. 16

Borzel T., 2016, From EU Governance of Crisis to Crisis of EU Governance: Regulatory Failure, Redistributive Conflict and Eurosceptic Publics, in Journal of Common Market studies, vol. 54 n. 1.

Scipioni M. 2017 Failing forward in EU migration policy? EUintegration after the 2015 asylum and migration crisis

[http://www.tandfonline.com/author/Scipioni%2C+Marco]Published online: 18 May 2017

Text-books and articles focused on EU policy making and Policies:

- Wallace H., Pollack M.A., Young A., 2015, Policy-making in the European Union, Oxford, Oxford University Press

Visoka G. and Doyle J., 2016, Neo-Functional Peace: The European Union Way of Resolving Conflicts,,, in Journal of Common Market Studies,in “Journal of Common Market Studies”, 54, 4, pp. 862–877

Further Readings:

Tsoukalis L. and Emmanouilidis J. A. (eds) 2017 The Delphic Oracle on Europe: Is there a Future for the European Union? Published to Oxford Scholarship Online

Caporaso J. A. and Rhodes M., 2016, The Political and Economic Dynamics of the Eurozone Crisis, Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

- Puetter U., 2014 The European Council and the Council: New intergovernmentalism and institutional change, Published to Oxford Scholarship Online

-Peterson J. Bomberg E., 1998, Decision Making in the European Union, New York, Basingstoke

-Peterson J. Bomberg E., 1998, Decision Making in the European Union, New York, Basingstoke

Further readings will be assigned on specific arguments for analyzing specific decision making, policy processes, institutional change. Articles and papers will be found in JCMS, JEPP, Journal of European Integration

Teaching methods

Teaching methods are:

- teacher's traditional lectures

- weekly question time in order to verify the effective study of recommended readings on specific arguments

- experts' seminars

- Concluding simulation on European Council or other intitution..

Assessment methods

Assessment of the students' progress in Learning will be based on

- class attendance and performance in class activities (reporting lectures, or writing synthetical analysis on articles and documents using the right concepts and specific language) (15%)

- final oral examination on all the Texts studied in the course (65%)

- preparation and participation in Simulation; this teaching instrument has the scope to deepen the knowledge of institutions and actors of EU decision making (20%)

Teaching tools

Teaching tools are:
text books, academic literature and articles suggested in "Recommended readings",

slides, papers on line, data and reports available on institutional webs of EU, research institutions and other organizations.

Documents and papers, links and every other teaching materiaal will be available on the unibo Platform :


Office hours

See the website of Renata Lizzi