Government and Governance in the European Union

Government and Governance in the European Union is a theoretical course designed to help students understand the EU policy-making process by approaching the issue from several points of view:
– public administration styles;
– the main theoretical frameworks the explain European integration;
– the typology and role of the national, regional, European and non-governmental actors that shape the EU policy-making process;
– EU sensible governance issues such as the democratic or the managerial deficit;
– EU’s role in shaping national policy-making;
– member states’ role in shaping EU policy-making.
As a result of attending this course, students will be able to:
– apply political science, international relations and European studies theoretical concepts to specific EU issues in order to generate explanations and recommendations to concrete situations;
– develop a critical theoretical approach on integration theories and governance conceptualizations.
Thus, students will be able to understand, explain, predict and formulate pro-active strategies of reaction regarding EU public policy measures. Such competences and abilities may be used by several types of potential employers, state or non-state, who are trying to play a role in the EU arena of policy making.