Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Political Science and Sociology"
Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Transnational Governance"
Optional for the 4th and 5th year students of the MA Programme in "Political and Social Sciences"
The course offers theoretical and empirical insights on the recent evolution of EU integration in the field of economic and social policy. In the light of the many recent crises (e.g. economic, political, and pandemic), the European Union will be analysed in order to understand if and how that political organisation has been fundamentally challenged by multiple challenges. The course is divided into three parts: part I will provide a general overview of the main steps of European integration and the main characteristics of the EU economic and social governance; part II will present updated research on the nature and depth of the crises (e.g. Great recession; Brexit; rise of Populism and anti-EU rhetoric; Covid 19); part III will focus on the domestic consequences of the recent changes in EU social and economic governance.
At the end of the course, students are expected to have full knowledge of the key concepts of EU governance, its main drivers and institutional characteristics. They are also expected to develop a critical understanding of EU socio-economic governance and its consequences on the Member States and their political economies.
Zeitlin, J. and Nicoli, F. (eds.) (2020), The European Union Beyond the Polycrisis? Integration and politicization in an age of shifting cleavages, London, Routledge.
Zeitlin, J. and Verdun, A. (eds.) (2018), EU Socio-Economic Governance since the Crisis The European Semester in Theory and Practice. London, Routledge.
Case or issue-specific readings to be announced in class