Upon successful completion of the course students will have the ability to:
• define and explain the theoretical framework of multilevel operation of state structures and understand the concepts, definitions and typologies used in the theoretical approach of the Europeanization and apply this analysis of specific cases.
• describe the arise of sub-national and supranational actors in the European decision making process and explain the major issues relating to Europe and its sub- regions (regionalization, decentralization and sub-national democracy).
• distinguish between examples of the formation of a state and national and European development models.
Course Content (Syllabus)
he aim of the course is to analyze the concept of multi-level governance in modern world and to consider the implications of this new phenomenon in the structure and operation of the Greek state as well as to analyze the functioning and intervention in national policies and structures of international regional integration organizations, with emphasis in the European Union.
In particular, the course examines how globalization and the growing interdependence of states, economies, other international actors and civil actors and citizens influence national and supranational decisions and impose changes in the exercise of national power. As regards the Greek state, it analyzes the gradual 'Europeanization' of institutions, structures and policies in the context of this interdependence after Greece joined the EU. At the same time, it examines the relationships formed between levels of governance and changes in the competences of the Greek system of government as a result of European policies and guidelines. Finally, it delves especially in the way in which these European guidelines impose the rapprochement and a uniform approach in the structure and functioning of its Member States.
The specific themes of the course are:
Formation of the structures of the Greek state (central and regional administration, the role of public administration).
Developing national policies (interest groups, political parties, economic factors).
Regional integration as a factor influencing national policies.
Institutional framework and policy making in the EU
Concept of 'Europeanisation' of national policies - the intrusion of European priorities in the Greek system of government
The multi-level governance: a new political and institutional policy framework.
The course examines particularly the way and the degree with which decisions in supranational organizations bring closer and make uniform the structures and functioning of the Member States.
Europeanization, supranational organizations, Greek State, multilevel governance