EU430      Half Unit
Europeanization: The Comparative Politics of Domestic Change

This information is for the 2016/17 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 EU Politics, MSc in EU Politics (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in European Studies: Ideas, Ideologies and Identities, MSc in European Studies: Ideas, Ideologies and Identities (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in Political Economy of Europe and MSc in Political Economy of Europe (LSE and Sciences Po). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

How and why we experience European Union membership differently across our national political systems is becoming increasingly important in debates about the future of Europe.  Crises of legitimacy, capability, and impact have been identified.  Following this lead, this course compares and contrasts domestic responses to European integration, highlighting differences between policy mechanisms and sectors; institutional capacities and settings; and political (party and electoral) behaviour.  The discussion and analysis is framed by the notion of ‘Europeanization’, to consider the linkages between the European and national levels.


20 hours of seminars in the MT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

Within these sessions the format will vary between lectures, seminar discussion and student presentations/projects.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

One 1,500 word assignment.

Indicative reading

Graziano, P. and Vink, M.P. (eds) (2006) Europeanization: New Research Agendas, Palgrave Macmillan; Bulmer, S. and Lesquesne, C. (eds) (2005) The Member States of the European Union, Oxford: Oxford University Press; K Featherstone & C Radaelli (Eds), The Politics of Europeanization; Oxford University Press, (2003); K Goetz & S Hix (Eds), Europeanised Politics? European Integration and National Political Systems, Frank Cass, (2001); M Green Cowles, J Caporaso & T Risse (Eds), Transforming Europe: Europeanization and Domestic Change, Ithaca, Cornell UP; F. Schimmelfennig and U. Sedelmeier (eds) (2005) The Europeanization of Central and Eastern Europe, Ithaca: Cornell University Press.


Essay (100%, 5000 words) in the LT.

Student performance results

(2012/13 - 2014/15 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 13.1
Merit 77
Pass 9.8
Fail 0

Teachers' comment

2012-13: the course was taught by Kyriakos Moumoutzis.

The course content has been revised each year to take account of new issues and of student response.

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2015/16: 26

Average class size 2015/16: 13

Controlled access 2015/16: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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

Course survey results

(2012/13 - 2014/15 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 55%



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