Not available in 2013/14
EU466 Half Unit
Citizen Representation and Democracy in the European Union
This information is for the 2013/14 session.
Prof Sara Hobolt COW 1.02
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.
This course offers the theoretically and empirically informed study of citizen representation in the European Union. The principal aim of the course is to develop a better understanding of the functioning of democracy in European Union and provide the analytical tools to evaluate proposals for reform to alleviate the Union’s so-called ‘democratic deficit’. This course will examine both how citizens are represented in the European Union and how the EU shapes democratic politics in the member states. The first part of the course assesses pathways of representation and accountability in the European Union, focusing on representation of citizens’ interests in the Council, Commission and the European Parliament as well other avenues for citizen influence, such as referendums and the Citizens’ Initiative. The second part of the course examines political conflict over European integration at the domestic level, focusing on the role of European integration in national politics and public opinion, including the study of euroscepticism. The final part of the course evaluates different proposals for reform with the aim of strengthening democracy and representation in the EU, and students will have the opportunity to develop their own reform proposal.
20 hours of seminars in the MT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.
One formative essay (1,750 words)
D Curtin, P Mair and I Papadopoulos (2012) Accountability and European Governance (London: Routledge); S Hix, A Noury and G Roland (2007) Democratic Politics in the European Parliament (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press); S Hobolt (2009) Europe in Question. Referendums on European Integration (Oxford: Oxford University Press); L McLaren (2006) Identity, interests and attitudes to European integration (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan); G Marks and M Steenbergen, (2004) European Integration and Political Conflict (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press); C van der Eijk and M Franklin (1996) Choosing Europe? European Electorate and National Politics in the Face of Union (Ann Arbor: Michigan University Press); F Scharpf (1999) Governing in Europe: Effective and Democratic? (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
Exam (75%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (25%, 2500 words) in the MT.
Department: European Institute
Total students 2012/13: 20
Average class size 2012/13: 10
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
- Specialist skills