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EU Integration Theories

Periodo di svolgimento

da Febbraio 2021 a Marzo 2021
Ore del corso: 20
Ore dei docenti responsabili: 20

Modalità d'esame

  • Prova orale


Compulsory for the 1st year students of the PhD Programme in "Transnational Governance"

Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Political Science and Sociology"

Optional for the 4th and 5th year students of the MA Programme in "Political and Social Sciences"


The course introduces students to the main theories of European integration and applies them to the case of the EU economic and social policymaking and the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU ('Brexit'). The course consists of two parts: the first one refers to the EU grand theories and introduces key concepts and contributions. The second part refers to the same theoretical approaches mentioned in the first part of the course while focusing on more recent contributions that have addressed the last EU crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

Obiettivi formativi

At the end of the course students are expected to be familiar with the main theories of European integration applied to recent developments in, and crises of, integration. They are able to figure out the drivers and institutional features of the EU, and develop a critical understanding of the different positions in the literature. They are also expected to know the key aspects of the EU economic and social governance and institutional architecture of the EU.

Riferimenti bibliografici

A.Wiener, T. Borzel, T. Risse (2018) (eds.), European Integration Theory, Oxford, Oxford University Press.

L. Hooghe & G. Marks (2019) (eds.), Re-engaging Grand Theory: European Integration in the Twenty-first century, Journal of European Public Policy, 26:8, Special Issue.

S. Saurugger & M. Thatcher (2019) (eds.), Constructing the EU's Political Identity, Comparative European Politics, 17:4, Special Issue.