Political Science | Transnational Politics in Europe
Y401 | 21634 | Sissenich


The protests at Gothenburg in 2001 were to European integration what
the Battle of Seattle in 1999 was to global trade and financial
integration. In this course, we will explore how citizens change
their forms of activism in response to globalization. If an
increasing number of policy decisions are made by intergovernmental
organizations, where does that leave democracy? Without popular
elections for forums such as the World Trade Organization, how are
citizens to articulate their preferences? We will study cross-border
forms of protest and interest representation, focusing on the
European Union as the region with the most institutionalized form of
interstate cooperation.

Readings will draw on social movement theory, European integration,
international political economy, and international organizations.
Students should expect to read approximately 100 pages per week.
Written requirements will include reviews of readings and films,
discussion guides, and a term paper.