European Union governance

5-7 February 2020 | Executive seminar

According to its official definition in the EU’s 2001 White Paper on Governance, EU governance refers to the ‘rules, processes, and behavior that affect the way in which powers are exercised at the European level, particularly as regards to openness, participation, accountability, effectiveness, and coherence’. In this sense, EU governance is an attempt to make sense of the intricate web of institutions, rules and mechanisms that frame EU policy-making.

The aim of this course will be to unpack this web of EU governance in three ways. Firstly, it will aim to introduce participants to the essential foundations of EU governance, analysing the ways in which decisions and rules in the European Union are made in various institutional configurations. Secondly, the course will illustrate the operation of EU governance through 3 key policy areas that will be analysed in greater depth: EU economic governance, EU foreign and security policy, and EU human rights and citizenship. Finally, the course will involve a critical discussion of the EU’s future direction and legitimacy, both analysing its famed ‘democratic deficit’ (an issue that has been given further salience by recent increases in the EU’s competences) and questioning its institutional evolution (in the light of important changes such as the European elections, the recent Brexit referendum and the reform of the EU in the wake of the euro and migration crises).

The format of the course will combine discussions among participants with interactive lectures and two more in-depth studies in the field of ECB activity and fundamental rights. Close reading of at least the mandatory readings is therefore essential.

This seminar is offered in the open enrolment programme and as part of the Executive MPA programme.

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