Europeanisation: new research trends

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Aim:
• providing students with knowledge regarding the theoretical and practical concept of Europeanization and making them understand the impact of this process on polity, politics and policies of the EU Member States, as well as other European (and neighbouring) countries.

Objectives:

• operationalizing the term Europeanization in political science with a focus on European Studies (key concepts, methods and analytical tools applicable to this process).

• identifying and analysing the domestic elements subjected to the process of Europeanization: the political and representative structures, and the cleavages; public policy; cognitive and normative structures.

• developping argumentative skills of students and their ability to apply theoretical frameworks to concrete examples.

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Part I: Europeanization - concepts, methods and research tools

1. What is Europeanization? Definition of the concept. Europeanization in European studies and European Union studies

2. Europeanization as a process. Directions: top-down versus/and bottom-up

3. Europeanization as a process. What can be "Europeanized" at national level? Polity, Politics, Policies

4. Europeanization as a research topic. Methodological issues

Part II: The Europeanization of institutional structures, policies and processes in EU Member and (non) member states

5. The Europeanization of political structures (institutions, public administration, intergovernmental relations, legal structures)

6. The Europeanization of representative structures and cleavages (political parties, pressure groups, societal cleavage structures)

7. The Europeanization of public policy (I) (actors, type of policies, style, tools, resources)

8. The Europeanization of public policy (II) (actors, type of policies, style, tools, resources)

9. The Europeanization of cognitive and normative structures (speech, norms and values, political legitimacy, identities, state traditions)

Part III: Europeanization, Europeanizations

10. The Europeanization of Central and Eastern Europe states.

11. The impact of Europeanization beyond the European Union and / or Europe

12. The Europeanization of Romania: Administration, Legislative, Public Policy (I)

13. The Europeanization of Romania: Administration, Legislative, Public Policy (II)

14. Course summary

Indicative reading: 

Bale, Tim. 2013. European Politics. A Comparative Introduction. Palgrave Macmillan

Bretherton, Charlotte and Michael L. Mannin. 2013. The Europeanization of European Politics. Palgrave Macmillan

Bulmer, Simon and Christian Lequesne. 2012. The Member States of the European UnionOxford University Press

Exadaktylos, Theofanis and Claudio M. Radaelli. 2012. Research Design in European Studies. Establishing Causality in Europeanization. Palgrave Macmillan.

Featherstone, Kevin and Claudio M. Radaelli. 2003. The Politics of Europeanization. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Graziano, Paolo and Maarten P. Vink (eds.). 2008. Europeanization. New Research Agendas. Palgrave

Jurje, Flavia. 2013. Europeanization and New Member States

Ladrech, Robert. 2010. Europeanization and National Politics. Palgrave Macmillan

Leuffen, Dirk, Berthold Rittberger and Frank Schimmelfennig. 2012. Differentiated Integration. Explaining Variation in the European Union. Palgrave Macmillan

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