Political Science | Politics of the European Union
Y350 | 15158 | Sissenich
European integration has progressed in fits and starts over the last
fifty years. Today, the EU is the world’s most highly
institutionalized system of regional cooperation. It has 27 member
states, stretching from the Atlantic to the Russian border and from
the Strait of Gibraltar to the Arctic Circle. In this course, we will
examine the following questions: What drives European integration?
What explains the institutional structure that we find in the EU? Are
there any comparable cases of regional integration elsewhere in the
world? Why does European integration evolve more easily in some policy
areas than others? What is the role of law in the integration process?
What do European integration in general and the EU in particular mean
for democracy? How does it affect the US?
Required Text: Michelle Cini and Nieves Perez-Solorzano Borragan,
European Union Politics, 3rd ed. (Oxford University Press 2010)
[Cini]. Available at the IU Bookstore, Eigenman, and TIS. Please note:
Used copies of the second edition of this textbook may be widely
available in bookstores and online, but there are substantial
differences compared to the third edition assigned for this course,
due mostly to the rapidly changing nature of EU politics and
institutions. I strongly recommend that you buy the new, i.e. third,
Other readings will be available online.
Participation and attendance; two multiple-choice midterms; one
multiple-choice final; review of videoconference; news analysis group
project; individual report on group collaboration.