Not available in 2015/16
European Public and Economic Policy

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Marco Simoni COW 1.10


This course is available on the MPA in European Public and Economic Policy. This course is not available as an outside option.

This is a capped course (15 students). Students are required to obtain permission from the teaching department to take this course.

Course content

This course offers the theoretically informed study of European Public and Economic Policy-Making. It covers concepts and theories on political and economic integration in Europe, as well as key empirical issues. It draws from two broad domains: European politics and governance, and European political economy, which are combined in a full unit course in order to achieve a comprehensive understanding of economic policy and public policy in Europe. As such, it will include classes on the politics and governance of the EU institutions, and the developments in the interaction between national governments and the EU level. This will include insights into the creation and functioning of the EU institutions, their competences, and key policy domains, such as the single market, EMU, justice and home affairs, and others. The politics component of this course is complemented by a thorough examination of key developments of European economic integration, and their interaction with national models of capitalism and welfare state. The course is organised in weekly lectures and seminars. Students will be challenged to combine different theories and approaches in order to tackle issues of particular relevance for the academic and policy debate in contemporary Europe, broadly understood. This will be carried out in class discussions, weekly exercises, essay questions and teamwork on case studies.


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

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

Formative coursework

Three 1,500 word essays (two in MT, one at the end of LT) and one group essay in LT.

Indicative reading

G. Tsebelis (2002) Veto Players. How Political Institutions Work, New York, Russell Sage; M.A. Pollack (1997) 'Delegation, agency and agenda setting the European Community', International Organization 51 (1):99-134; A. Moravcsik (1999) 'A New Statecraft? Supranational Entrepreneurs and International Cooperation', International Organization 53(2): 267-306; S. Hix (2008) 'Towards a Partisan Theory of EU Politics', Journal of European Public Policy 15(8) 1254-1265; D.Chalmers et al (2006) European Union Law, Cambridge University Press; H. Wallace, W. Wallace and M. Pollack (eds.) (2005) Policy-Making in the European Union, 5th edn, Oxford; D. Naurin and H. Wallace (eds) (2008) Unveiling the Council of the European Union: Games Governments Play in Brussels, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan. J. Caporaso & D. Levine: Theories of Political Economy, Cambridge, 1992; Andrew Martin and George Ross (eds.) (2004): Euros and Europeans. Monetary Integration and the European Model of Society. Cambridge University Press; Kenneth Dyson & Kevin Featherstone (1999): The Road to Maastricht, Introduction, Oxford University Press; Bob Hancké (eds.) (2009): Debating Varieties of Capitalism. A Reader. Oxford University Press; Eichengreen, B.J (2007): The European economy since 1945: coordinated capitalism and beyond, Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press; Barr, N (2004) The Economics of the Welfare State, 4th ed., Oxford: OUP


Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2014/15: Unavailable

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: One Unit

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