Current themes in EU governance
October 31 – November 3, 2022
Prof. dr. Ellen Mastenbroek (Radboud University)
& Theme specialists
- Free for NIG members
- 500,- for non-members from an NIG member institution
- 750,- for third parties
Aims and structure of this course
European Union governance faces a catch-22 situation. On the one hand, the EU is presented with an increasing set of pressing systemic challenges requiring coordinated responses: climate change, energy transition, biodiversity loss, public health, migration policy, sustainable economic growth and defense cooperation. These challenges increasingly touch upon core state powers: highly salient areas of domestic high politics.
On the other hand, European integration meets with increasing contestation at the national level, deeply embedded politico-institutional differences between its member states, and deepening cleavages on key issues like rule of law, migration, and the role of the state in economic policy. This course allows students, firstly, to trace this catch-22 situation’s origins by dissecting a) the Janus-face character of EU public opinion, especially in the realm of core state powers, and b) analyzing current political cleavages in the European Union and political leaders’ role in shaping these.
Secondly, the course allows students to understand the political and administrative implications of this catch-22 situation and potential responses in the following realms: c) the EU’s inter-institutional balance, d) the European Commission’s responses to politicization, e) domestic parliamentary and executive attempts to claw back control over European integration, f) EU crisis governance, g) non-compliance and h) strategies for improving EU policy delivery.