The course focuses on the most prominent theories of European integration, and the recent scientific and political debate on the current EU crisis. In order to better appreciate the main challenges that the EU is facing at present, three different perspectives will be discussed - reflecting the main issues at stake in the North-Western, the Central-Eastern and the Southern regions of Europe.
1)Rosamond, B. (2000), Theories of European Integration, Palgrave, Macmillan, pp. 50-73; 74-78; pp. 98-99; 105-113; 123-129; 130-133; 135-139.
2) Wiener, A. and Diez, T. (2007), European Integration Theory, Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp. 75-83
3) Pierson, P. (1996), "The Path to European Integration: A Historical Institutionalist Analysis", Comparative Political Studies, 29 (2), 123-163.
4) Kriesi, H. (2016), The Politicization of European Integration, Journal of Common Market Studies, 2016, 54 (1), pp. 32–47.
5) Majone, G. (2017), "From Regulatory State to Democratic Default", Journal of Common Market Studies, 52 (6), pp. 1216-1223
6) Rosamond, B. (2019), "Theorizing the EU in crisis: De-Europeanisation as Disintegration", Global Discourse, 9 (1), pp. 31–44
7) Foster, R. (2019), "Cry God for Harry, England, and Saint George': Europe and the limits of integrating identity", Global Discourse, 9 (1), pp. 67–87?
8) Mills, J. (2019), "Response to Russell Foster", Global Discourse, 9 (1), pp. 89–91?
9) Lefkofridi, Z. and Schmitter P. (2014), "Transcending or Descending? European Integration in Times of Crisis", European Political Science Review (EPSR) of the European Consortium for Political Research, 7 (1), pp. 3-22
Module on the Northwestern perspective :
1) Bastasin, C. "The German-French Treaty: Sign of Strength or of Weakness?", LUISS Policy Brief, January 29, 2019,
2) Deters, H., Schoeller, M.G., "Waiting for Merkron: The Franco-German Relationship and Eurozone Reform after the Elections", College of Europe Policy Brief, October 2017.
3) Krotz, U., Schild, J. "France: Germany's indispensable Ally in European Policy-Making", Institut für Europäische Politik, German European Policy Series, n°1, 2018.
4) Mourlon-Druol, E. "Rethinking Franco-German relations: a historical perspective", Policy Contribution, Issue n°29, November 2017.
5) Perot, E. "The Aachen Mutual Defense Clause: A Closer Look at the Franco-German Treaty", Security Policy Brief, n°105, February 2019.
Module on the Central-Eastern perspective:
1) Matlak M., Schimmelfennig F., and Wozniakowski T.P. (2018), Europeanization Revisited: Central and Eastern Europe In the European Union, (Http://Cadmus.Eui.Eu//Handle/1814/59573), chapter 1 and 2.
2) Batory, A., Cartwright A., and Stone D. (2018), Trial and Error: Policy Experiments, Failures and Innovations in Central and Eastern Europe, in Batory Agnes, Cartwright Andrew, Stone Diane, Policy Experiments, Failures and Innovations: Beyond Accession in Central and Eastern Europe, Edward Elgar Publishing.
Module on the Southern perspective :
1) Charalambous, G., Conti, N., Pedrazzani, A. (2018), "The political contestation of European integration in Southern Europe: Friction among and within parties", Party Politics, Vol. 24(1), pp. 39–51
2) Papageorgiou, I. Asylum after 2015: the impact of the refugee crisis on EU and Greek asylum policies. (The article is an updated version in English, of a paper submitted for publication in Greek in honor or Prof. emeritus Zoi Papassiopi-Passia).
Students will acquire the conceptual and analytical tools to critically understand the long-term European integration process and its current difficulties.
Basic knowledge of: a) the history of European integration; b) the main EU institutions with particular reference to their roles and functions.
The course will combine lectures and discussions. Lectures are intended to provide students with the critical and historical context of the texts we will be examining. Discussions will give students the opportunity to explore different interpretations of the material being studied and to compare and contrast opinions of attending students.
The course includes three intensive modules that are taught in collaboration with three professors from the University of Strasbourg, the Jagiellonian University, and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki respectively. The modules are aimed at providing the students with a better understanding of the problems that are perceived as the most important for the future of EU integration in the North-western region, the Central-Eastern region and the Southern region.
Modalità di verifica apprendimento
Students will have to take a final oral exam; they are also required to write a short paper ( 2,000 words) on a topic they will agree with the instructor: the paer will count for 20 percent of the final grade. Attendance is highly recommended and active participation in class will be positively evaluated.
Programma del corso
The syllabus of the course - with detailed information on the topics that will be addressed in each class - is uploaded on the Moodle platform . Students should ask the instructor for the relevant password. All the required readings are uploaded on the course platform.