74513 - EU INSTITUTIONS

Scheda insegnamento

SDGs

L'insegnamento contribuisce al perseguimento degli Obiettivi di Sviluppo Sostenibile dell'Agenda 2030 dell'ONU.

Salute e benessere Parità di genere Lotta contro il cambiamento climatico Pace, giustizia e istituzioni forti

Anno Accademico 2022/2023

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

This course analyzes the origins and main developments of EU institutions with a special focus on the last EU institutional cycles. By the end of the course, students should be able to: understand the evolution and the current institutional design of the EU; assess the role played by each institution in different decision-making methods and in different policies; compare the last institutional cycles; discuss main political developments and challenges in EU politics.

Contenuti

The course is organized in lectures as detailed in the following program. During the first part (weeks 1-6), after an introduction to the EU political system, its main developments in terms of deepening and widening, and the theory of differentiated integration, the course focuses on EU institutions (European Commission, Council of the EU, European Council, European Parliament, European Court of Justice) and their role in the policy-making process. The second part (weeks 7-10) addresses the EU’s response to recent crises (Eurozone, Refugee, Ukraine, Rule of Law, and COVID-19) and the main theoretical approaches to EU crises (failing forward, new institutional leadership, and the theory of authoritarian equilibrium).

 

PART I: EU Institutions

 

Weeks 1-2 (12 hours):

Introduction to the course

Introduction to the EU as a political system

EU institutional development

EU enlargement and Brexit

The EU as a system of differentiated integration

Mandatory readings:

- Hix, S. and B. Hoyland (2011) The Political System of the European Union (3rd edition), Red Globe Press, chapter 1

- Hodson D. and J. Peterson, eds. (2017) Institutions of the European Union (4th edition), Oxford University Press, chapter 2

- Nugent N. (2017) The Government and Politics of the European Union (8th edition), Palgrave, chapter 5

 

Week 3 (6 hours):

The European Commission

Mandatory readings:

- Hodson D. and J. Peterson, eds. (2017) Institutions of the European Union (4th edition), Oxford University Press, chapters 5 and 10

- Peterson, J. (2017) 'Juncker's political European Commission and an EU in Crisis', Journal of Common Market Studies, 55(2), pp. 349-367

- Müller H. and I. Tömmel (2022) ‘Strategic Leadership: Ursula von der Leyen as President of the European Commission’, in Women and Leadership in the European Union, ed. H. Müller and I. Tömmel, Oxford University Press

 

Week 4 (6 hours):

The Council of the European Union and the European Council

Mandatory readings:

- Hodson D. and J. Peterson, eds. (2017) Institutions of the European Union (4th edition), Oxford University Press, chapters 3, 4 and 14

-Tömmel I. (2017) 'The Standing President of the European Council: Intergovernmental or Supranational Leadership', Journal of European Integration, 39(2), pp. 175-189.

 

Week 5 (6 hours):

The European Parliament

Mandatory readings:

- Hodson D. and J. Peterson, eds. (2017) Institutions of the European Union (4th edition), Oxford University Press, chapter 6

- Dinan, D. (2015) 'Governance and Institutions: The Year of the Spitzenkandidaten', Journal of Common Market Studies, 53(AR), pp. 93-107

 

Week 6 (6 hours):

The Court of Justice and other institutions

Mandatory readings:

- Hodson D. and J. Peterson, eds. (2017) Institutions of the European Union (4th edition), Oxford University Press, chapter 7

- Nugent N. (2017) The Government and Politics of the European Union (8th edition), Palgrave, chapter 14

 

PART II: EU’s Response to Crises

 

Week 7 (6 hours):

Introduction to EU crises

The Eurozone Crisis and Failing Forward

Mandatory readings:

Riddervold, M., Trondal, J. and Newsome, A. eds. (2021) The Palgrave Handbook of EU Crises, Palgrave, chapters 20, 21, 22

 

Week 8 (6 hours):

The Refugee Crisis and the Theory of New Institutional Leadership

Mandatory readings:

Riddervold, M., Trondal, J. and Newsome, A. eds. (2021) The Palgrave Handbook of EU Crises, Palgrave, chapters 24, 25

Smeets, S. and D. Beach (2020) 'When success is an orphan: informal institutional governance and the EU-Turkey deal', West European Politics, 43(1), pp. 129-158

Baracani, E. and V. Sarotto (2022) 'The European Commission's role in EU-Turkey migration: political leadership through strategic framing', West European Politics

 

Week 9 (6 hours):

The Rule of Law Crisis and the Theory of Authoritarian Equilibrium

The Ukraine crisis and the Theory of Heading Forward

Mandatory readings:

Riddervold, M., Trondal, J. and Newsome, A. eds. (2021) The Palgrave Handbook of EU Crises, Palgrave, chapters 32, 33, 36, 37

Kelemen, R.D. (2020) 'The European Union's authoritarian equilibrium', Journal of European Public Policy, 27(3), pp. 481-499

 

Week 10 (6 hours):

The COVID-19 crisis and the war in Ukraine

Mandatory readings:

Riddervold, M., Trondal, J. and Newsome, A. eds. (2021) The Palgrave Handbook of EU Crises, Palgrave, chapter 44

Testi/Bibliografia

- A detailed list of mandatory readings, for each lecture, is provided in the course contents

- All the readings are the same for attending and non-attending students

Metodi didattici

- Traditional lectures

- During each class, students' participation will be encouraged

Modalità di verifica e valutazione dell'apprendimento

For attending students

The course grade is based on:

1) class attendance and participation (20% of the total grade)

2) a written exam on the first part of the program. This exam takes place during the first official exam session of the A.Y. (40% of the total grade). The written exam consists of 1 long answer question that requires a response of about 40-60 lines (exam duration 1 hour)

3) a written exam on the second part of the program. This exam takes place during the remaining official exam sessions of the A.Y. (40% of the total grade). The written exam consists of 1 long answer question that requires a response of about 40-60 lines (exam duration 1 hour)


For non-attending students and attending students refusing the grade of the first written exam

The course grade is based on a single written exam on both parts of the program. The exam consists of 2 long answer questions that require an answer each of about 40-60 lines (exam duration 2 hours)


ERASMUS STUDENTS

It is not possible to take this course as non-attending students

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

- The instructor's power point presentations will be available at the end of each week on virtuale.unibo.it
- Instructions on the readings will be provided at the beginning of the course

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Elena Baracani