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James A Caporaso
POL S 460
Seattle Campus

Political Economy of the European Union

Historical foundation of the European Economic Community; major phases of its development; theoretical explanations for European integration.

Class description

Description: This course focuses on the political economy of the European Union. There are three main emphases: (1) the history and theory of European integration; (2) the key, epoch-making events (Rome Treaty, Single European Act, Maastricht and monetary union; and, (3) the intensive examination of particular policies and problems (citizenship, social policy, migration, gender equality, and the democratic deficit).

Student learning goals

students should be familiar with the basic structure of the European Union, its institutions, policies. Policies are made via complex institutional procedures so an appreciation of these institutions is needed before examining any issue area.

Students should know about the relationships among the member states and the EU. Bargaining among states is critical for agreements at the EU level.

Students should be able to understand the process of European integration and the role it plays in Europe today.

Students should have a theoretical grasp of the significance of the EU in the evolution of the interstate system.

The EU is a model of international organization and international law that may or may not be adopted by other international organizations, such as NAFTA and WTO.

General method of instruction

lecture and discussion.

Recommended preparation

introduction to international relations, comparative politics, especially the comparative politics of West Europe, basic economic theory.

Class assignments and grading

there will be mulitple tests; students expected to participate in class discussion.

participation in class discussion on a daily basis performance on exams


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by James A Caporaso
Date: 03/17/2011