The European Union as a Political System

Course Code :2200PSWEPS
Study domain:Political Sciences
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:45
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Matti Van Hecke

3. Course contents *

This course starts with a short refreshment concerning basic knowledge on European Integration. Next, four different clusters of European politics are treated. The first part discusses the relations between and the internal functioning of the main institutions: the European Commission, the Council of Ministers, the European Parliament and the Court of Justice. The second part deals with other political actors that play a role in the European political system: voters, political parties and interest groups. The third part analyses the characteristics of policy styles: supranational regulatory and expenditure policies versus intergovernmental policies of external security. Finally, we look at the EU as political system through the eyes of comparative federalism and democratic legitimacy.