EU Governance and Policies

Course Information
TitleEU Governance and Policies / EU Governance and Policies
FacultySocial and Economic Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorGeorgios Andreou
Course ID600022584

Programme of Study: International Studies: Specialization in European Studies

Registered students: 10
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses beloging to the selected specialization2110

Class Information
Academic Year2023 – 2024
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2021
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will: • enhance their knowledge on the nature, dynamics and impact of European governance • be able to summarize and critically assess the strengths and weakness of the main theories of european integration • apply these theoretical insights to explain EU policymaking in a variety of dierent policy areas • identify and describe the main institutions, actors and processes of EU policy-making
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The aim of the course is twofold: (a) to develop a theory-based understanding of European governance (that is, the political system of the EU and its processes of policy-making) and (b) to encourage an empirical analysis of the most important European policies in the era of poly-crisis. The course begins with a discussion of theories of European integration, including neo-functionalism, intergovernmentalism, liberal intergovernmentalism, the new institutionalisms and postfunctionalism. It then studies the vertical and horizontal separation of powers in the EU and focuses on the main concepts and issues developed in the context of the ‘governance approach’ (multi-level governance, EU policy networks and Europeanization). Finally, it examines the most important areas of EU policy activity (the Single Market, Economic and Monetary Union, the EU budget, interior policies and foreign policies) in the light of the dramatic developments that have taken place over the past fifteen years. Course Modules 1.Introduction – the EU as a political system 2.Europan integration theories: neo-functionalism, intergovernmentalism and liberal intergovernmentalism 3.European integration theories: the new institutionalisms 4.European integration theories: postfunctionalism, new intergovernentalism and the theory of “falling forward” 5.The EU as a system of multilevel governance 6.Studying Europeanization 7.The Single Market 8.Economic and Monetary Union and EU economic governance 9.The Multiannual Financial Framework and the EU budget 10.EU spending policies 11.Justice and home affairs 12.The EU in the world 13.The EU in the era of polycrisis
Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση, θεωρίες της ΕΕ, πολυεπίπεδη διακυβέρνηση, εξευρωπαϊσμός, πολιτικές της ΕΕ, ανθεκτικότητα
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Reading Assigment1405.1
Written assigments933.4
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
- Bickerton C.J., Hodson D. και Puetter U. (2015) “The New Intergovernmentalism: European Integration in the Post-Maastricht Era”, Journal of Common Market Studies, 53:4, σσ. 703– 722. de la Porte και Jensen (2020) “The next generation EU: An analysis of the dimensions of conflict behind the deal”, Social Policy & Administration, 55: 2, pp. 388-402. - Hooghe L. and Marks G. (2003) “Unravelling the Central State, But How? Types of Multi-level Governance”, American Political Science Review, 97:2, pp. 233–243. - Hooghe, L. and Marks, G. (2009) “A Postfunctionalist Theory of European Integration: From Permissive Consensus to Constraining Dissensus”, British Journal of Political Science, 39: 1, pp. 1–23. - Marks G., Hooghe L. and Blank K. (1996) “European Integration from the 1980s: State-Centric V. Multi-level Governance”, Journal of Common Market Studies, 34: 3, pp. 341-378. - Jones, E., Kelemen, R. D. and Meunier, S. (2016) “Failing Forward? The Euro Crisis and the Incomplete Nature of European Integration”, Comparative Political Studies, 49: 7, pp. 1010–1034. - Ladi, S. and Tsarouhas, D. (2020) “EU economic governance and Covid-19: policy learning and windows of opportunity”, Journal of European Integration, 42: 8, pp. 1041-1056. - Moravcsik A. (1993) “Preferences and Power in the European Community: A Liberal Intergovernmental Appproach”, Journal of Common Market Studies, 31: 4, pp. 473-524 - Pierson P. (1996) “The Path to European Integration: A Historical Institutionalist Approach”, Comparative Political Studies, 29: 2, pp. 123-163. - Rosamond, B. (2000) Theories of European Integration, London: Palgrave. - Tsoukalis L. (2016) In Defense of Europe, Oxford: Oxford University Press. - Verdun Α. (2013) “The building of economic governance in the European Union”, Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research, 19: 1, pp. 23-35. - Wallace, H. Pollack, M. Roederer-Rynning C. and Young A. (eds.) (2020) Policy-Making in the European Union (8th Edition), Οxford: Oxford University Press. - Wallace W. (2017) “European foreign policy since the Cold War: How ambitious, how inhibited?”, The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 19: 1, pp. 77-90.
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