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The European Union, Globalisation and the State

Course Code: PUBLG026

Course Tutor: Dr Christine Reh (Department of Political Science)

Assessment: One 3,000 word essay

Credit Value: 15

About this course

This course asks why, how and with which consequences EU membership and economic globalisation are transforming the state. The teaching is designed to equip students with the empirical knowledge, theories and comparative research skills necessary to explain and to evaluate why European and global pressures change (and challenge) established national institutions, politics, policies and democracies, and why different states change differently.

The course introduces the concepts of Europeanisation, globalisation and statehood; familiarises students with the comparative method; and discusses different theoretical explanations for state transformation. We then analyse the impact of EU and global pressures on national institutions such as courts, governments and parliaments; on political parties and representation; and on national policies with a focus on the welfare state. The final sections will look at Europeanisation beyond the EU’s borders, and ask whether EU membership and globalisation spell the end of national democracy.

Throughout, we will engage with current questions of EU and global governance, including austerity politics, the EU’s role in its neighbourhood and governments’ accountability to their parliaments. In analysing these questions, the course puts a premium on the systematic use of comparative methodology and qualitative research methods.

By the end of the course, students will have

  • learned to critically evaluate competing theories of Europeanisation and globalisation;
  • acquired an in-depth knowledge of domestic change across and within states;
  • evaluated the democratic repercussions of EU membership and economic globalisation;
  • learned to critically assess empirical evidence and present theoretical arguments;
  • trained analytical and research skills for the comparative study of institutions, politics and policies.

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