The policy process: EU politics in the Eurocrisis

The course offers an introduction to the policy process, exemplified by policy-making in the European Union (EU), and more specifically its reaction to the Euro-crisis. It links analytical and practical questions about the policy process with the study of the EU as a political system. This course will teach students to understand how policy interactions in an institutionalised setting work. Students will learn about theories of public policy analysis and acquire essential knowledge about the EU's institutional framework and policy-making procedures. This knowledge is put to practice in case study assignments focusing on specific EU policies. The aim of the course is twofold: to enable students to analyse public policy and make recommendations based on that analysis, and to provide students with an essential understanding of EU politics.

The course is organized in two parts. The first part is an introduction to EU policy-making in general, the second part deals with specific aspects of the Euro-crisis in order to deepen and illustrate these general aspects.

Please note that this course uses the Euro-crisis as an example for better understanding the policy process in the EU. It is not an elective on specific aspects of the Euro-crisis or how to solve them.