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210147 SE EC: The EU’s regulatory policies (2019S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
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max. 50 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Samstag 02.03. 10:00 - 17:30 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Samstag 09.03. 10:00 - 17:30 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Samstag 16.03. 10:00 - 17:30 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Samstag 23.03. 10:00 - 17:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Important note: Since the seminar is held as a block of four day-long sessions, extensive reading (ca 250 pages) during a shorter-than-usual time (until March 2nd) is required. Please familiarize yourself with the reading list before committing to the seminar, as the seminar builds on student input. Starting with the first session, there will be graded take-home quizzes on the literature that need to be submitted in advance of each session.

In the process of European integration, member states have largely centralized competition policy at the European level and thereby moved the provision of public services to a significant extent from the public sector to the market. Through the application of the “four market freedoms”, and “mutual recognition” of foreign regulatory standards, they also opened up domestic markets in goods and services for foreign competition, sometimes governed by foreign regulation. At the same time, however, liberalization seems to have unleashed an unprecedented level of regulatory activity at the EU level, and member-states often successfully “export” their domestic regulations to the EU level.
The seminar explores these and other seeming contradictions in regulatory EU policy, using concepts from European integration theory and comparative politics. It provides and introduction to EU policy with instances of market constituting (liberal) and market-correcting (interventionist) policies as examples. It explores the tensions between these policies, their dynamics and potential for conflict; and it examines how and to what extent market constitution and market correction are embedded in the EU’s institutional architecture.
At the end of this course, you will
- know the EU’s basic institutions and decision-making processes
- understand how the EU’s institutional setting affects policy choices and patterns of decision-making
- be able to analyse, discuss and critically evaluate selected political science literature on EU regulatory EU policies
- be able to research some political science literature and present findings in a condensed, graphical poster format

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Students have to submit individual and group assignments, which will be graded.
Group assignments:
- Prepare, in class and at home, a poster that discusses existing literature on a research question related to one of the course topics. The poster should be based on at least three papers and present a coherent argument about the research question that goes beyond merely summarizing the papers.
- Showcase the poster in class during a short (5–10 minutes) informal presentation and provide commentary on other students’ posters.
Individual Assignments:
- Read the required literature, for the first (!) and all subsequent sessions.
- Weekly quiz, to be submitted until 24h before each session. The questions are about the reading material and will be available on Moodle.
- Participate in the classroom discussion.
- Extend the poster into a short seminar paper of 3000 words (+/- 5%, counting only the body), using additional literature. The term paper is due no later than three weeks after the last session, at midnight of the last day. Plagiarism, even of a short passage, leads to immediate failing of the course.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

All assignments have to be completed to pass. The overall grade is calculated as follows:
- Written Answers to Quiz: 15%
- Participation in Discussion: 15%
- Poster (concept, implementation, presentation): 30%
- Term Paper (question, argument, structure, sources, references, mechanics) : 40%



To read before (!) the first session:

Simon Hix and Bjørn Høyland The Political System of the European Union, 3. ed. (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). Chapter 1

Markus Jachtenfuchs, “The European Union as Polity (II),” in Handbook of European Union Politics, ed. Knud Erik Jørgensen, Mark A. Pollack, and Ben Rosamond (London, UK: SAGE, 2007), 159–173.

Fritz W. Scharpf, “The Problem-Solving Capacity of Multi-Level Governance,” Journal of European Public Policy 4, no. 4 (1997): 520–538.

Adrienne Héritier, “The Accommodation of Diversity in European Policy‐making and Its Outcomes: Regulatory Policy as a Patchwork,” Journal of European Public Policy 3, no. 2 (1996): 149–167.

To read for subsequent sessions (but recommended to read earlier):

Jacques Pelkmans, “Mutual Recognition in Goods. On Promises and Disillusions,” Journal of European Public Policy 14, no. 5 (2007): 699–716.

Susanne K. Schmidt, “When Efficiency Results in Redistribution: The Conflict over the Single Services Market,” West European Politics 32, no. 4 (2009): 847–865.

Martin Höpner and Armin Schäfer, “Embeddedness and Regional Integration: Waiting for Polanyi in a Hayekian Setting,” International Organization 66, no. 3 (2012): 429–455.

Susanne K. Schmidt, “Only an Agenda Setter? The European Commission’s Power over the Council of Ministers,” European Union Politics 1, no. 1 (2000): 37–61.

Morten Egeberg and Jarle Trondal, “Researching European Union Agencies: What Have We Learnt (and Where Do We Go from Here)?” Journal of Common Market Studies 55, no. 4 (2017): 675–690.

Gijs Jan Brandsma and Jens Blom-Hansen, “Controlling Delegated Powers in the Post-Lisbon European Union,” Journal of European Public Policy 23, no. 4 (2016): 531–549.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Fr 23.08.2019 15:07