Europeanisation: new research trends
Aims and scope:
The aims of this course are 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. Its objectives include 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; and developping argumentative skills of students and their ability to apply theoretical frameworks to concrete examples.
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.
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