EU423      Half Unit
Greece and the European Union

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Kevin Featherstone COW 2.02


This course is available on the MPA in European Public and Economic Policy, MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy, MSc in European Studies: Ideas and Identities, MSc in European Studies: Ideas and Identities (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in Political Economy of Europe, MSc in Political Economy of Europe (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in Politics and Government in the European Union and MSc in Politics and Government in the European Union (LSE and Sciences Po). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an analytical understanding of the relations that exist between Greece and the rest of the European Union, drawing on historical perspectives as well as on concepts from political science, international relations, and political economy. This year a particular focus will be the Greek debt crisis: its origins; the management of it, both domestically and in conjunction with the EU and the 'Trokia'; competing interpretations of its nature and implications; and, perspectives on Greece's 'reform capacity' and its ability to exit the crisis. These issues will be considered both conceptually and empirically, to highlight key themes.


20 hours of seminars in the LT.

The format here will include lectures; seminar discussion; and student presentations/projects within the two-hour session.

Indicative reading

M. Mitsopoulos and Th. Pelagidis, Understanding the Crisis in Greece: From Boom to Bust, London: Palgrave, 2012; C. Lapovitsas, Crisis in the Euro-Zone:  London: Verso, 2012;  K. Featherstone and D. Papadimitriou, The Limits of Europeanization: Reform Capacity and Policy Conflict in Greece, London: Palgrave, 2008;  J. S. Koliolopoulos and Th. M. Veremis, Greece: The Modern Sequel, 2002; D. Close, Greece Since 1945: A History, 2002; K Featherstone, Politics and Policy in Greece, 2005; N Mouzelis, Politics in the Semi-Periphery: Early Parliamentarism and Late Industrialization in the Balkans and Latin America, Macmillan, 1986.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication