Anno Accademico 2022/2023

  • Docente: Elena Baracani
  • Crediti formativi: 4
  • Lingua di insegnamento: Inglese

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

Il Workshop mira a migliorare la capacità degli studenti di applicare gli strumenti dell'analisi di politica estera alla politica estera dell'UE. Gli studenti saranno in grado di: 1) Applicare l'analisi di politica estera a casi di studio specifici della politica estera dell'UE; 2) Applicare teorie diverse a casi di studio specifici della politica estera dell'UE; 3) Valutare e discutere il ruolo svolto dall'UE, in quanto attore di politica estera, in casi di studio specifici.


This workshop is designed for students taking the course Europe in World Politics/The EU as a Global Actor.

The first and second weeks introduce students to the empirical analysis of EU foreign policy and the actor constructivist approach.

During the third and fourth weeks, students will present in groups on Allison's models and the role of ideas in foreign policy.

In the remaining weeks, students will apply the actor constructivist approach to specific case studies of EU foreign policy (the EU response to the war in Ukraine, the EU response to the protests in Iran, and the EU relations with China) and specific EU foreign policy actors (the European Commission President, the European Council President, the European Parliament President).

At the end of the workshop, each student's group will have to record a podcast summarising the main findings of the empirical analysis conducted during the previous weeks.

Detailed instructions on the students' activities are available on virtuale.unibo.it


Recommended readings

On foreign policy analysis: 

 Allison, G. (1971) Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1ed. Little Brown, chapters 1, 3 and 5

Baracani, E. (2017) 'Graham Allison: Conceptual Frameworks of Foreign Policy Decision Making', in F. Andreatta (ed.) Classic Works in International Relations, Bologna, Il Mulino, 127-154

On EU foreign policy (analysis):

Baracani, E. (2021) EU-Turkey Relations. A New Direction for EU Foreign Policy, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar

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

Del Reux, T. (2015) 'Bureaucratic Politics, New Institutionalism and Principal-Agent Models', in Jørgensen K., Aarstad A., Drieskens E., Laatikainen K., Tonra B., The SAGE Handbook on European Foreign Policy, 152-165

Keukeleire, S. and Delreux, T. (2022), The Foreign Policy of the EU, Bloomsbury Academic

White, B. (1999) 'The European Challenge to Foreign Policy Analysis', European Journal of International Relations, 5(1): 37-66

Young, R. (2021), The European Union and Global Politics, Red Globe Press

On ideas and (foreign) policy:

George, A.L. (1969) The ‘operational code’: A neglected approach to the study of political leaders and decision-making, International Studies Quarterly, 13(2), 190–222

Goldstein, J. and Keohane, R.O. (eds) (1993) Ideas and Foreign Policy: Beliefs, Institutions, and Political Change, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, chapter 1

Mehta, J. (2011) ‘The Varied Role of Ideas in Politics: From “Whether” to “How.”’, in D. Beland & R. H. Cox (Eds.), Ideas and Politics in Social Science Research, New York, NY: Oxford University Press, pp. 23-46

Schmidt, V.A. (2008) ‘Discursive institutionalism: the explanatory power of ideas and discourse’, Annual Review of Political Science, 11, 303–326

Surel, Y. (2000) ‘The role of cognitive and normative frames in policy-making’, Journal of European Public Policy, 7(4): 495–512

van Esch F. and J. Snellens (2022) 'How to 'measure' ideas. Introducing the method of cognitive mapping to the domain of ideational policy studies', Journal of European Public Policy

Metodi didattici

- Lectures (30%)

- Students' presentations (in groups) and class debates (70%)

Modalità di verifica e valutazione dell'apprendimento

Attending students: 

Attendance: 90% (in presence)

Attending students will be divided into three groups according to their preferences

Each group will have to do weekly presentations (starting from the third week) and record a podcast with the main findings

Non-attending students: 

They will have to write a paper of 4000 words (all included) on a topic that will be published on eol.unibo.it one month before the official exam session

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

- Power point presentations as well as additional material will be available on Virtuale

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Elena Baracani


Pace, giustizia e istituzioni forti

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