Not available in 2018/19
EU431      Half Unit
European Integration from a Global Perspective

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Mareike Kleine COW 1.01


This course is available on the MSc in EU Politics, MSc in EU Politics (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in Global Europe: Culture and Conflict, MSc in Global Europe: Culture and Conflict (LSE & Sciences Po), MSc in Global Politics, MSc in International Relations (Research), 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.


Advanced knowledge of European institutions and of theories of international cooperation and Comparative Politics.

Course content

Distances on a world scale are shrinking through the emergence and thickening of networks of connection - a process commonly referred to as globalization. The process is far from complete with some regions like Europe being highly integrated and other regions lagging behind. Partial but increasing globalization produces discord and requires effective governance beyond the nation-state, that is, processes and institutions, that guide and constrain the collective activities of groups. How does governance work? How can we design effective institutions? How do we ensure that these institutions remain legitimate? Is the European Union at the vanguard of globalization and a model that other regions or the world, as a whole, will come to adopt? Can Europe, in turn, learn from alternative forms of governance on the regional or global scale? The course engages recent positive and normative scholarship in European Studies, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Political Theory on governance in and beyond Europe. Putting European integration in this global and comparative perspective promises to illuminate current public and scholarly debates about the depth, the geographic scale, the legitimacy and the future of European integration. We study these questions by posing four issues: the nature of globalization; institutions and processes; actors and scope; and democracy and distribution. For each of them, European integration will serve as the principal case study to be discussed in light of developments in the rest of the world.


20 hours of seminars in the LT. 4 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

1) A research proposal (due in week 5) of not more than 1,000 words for the long essay. The proposal is worked out in close cooperation with the seminar teacher. 2) Seven short memos based on the assigned reading. This memo should not be more than one page of bullet points.

Indicative reading

Keohane, Robert O. 2001, Governance in a Partially Globalized World. American Political Science Review 95(1): 1-13; Majone, Giandomenico. 1994, The Rise of the Regulatory State in Europe. West European Politics 17(3): 77-101; Rodrik, Dani. 1997, Has Globalization Gone Too Far? Washington, D.C.: Institute of International Economics; Slaughter, Anne-Marie. 2004, A New World Order . Princeton: Princeton University Press.


Other (90%) and other (10%).

One 4,000-5,000 word research paper to be submitted by the end of the LT (90%)

One critical comment of no more than 500 words on the assigned readings (10%)

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2017/18: Unavailable

Average class size 2017/18: Unavailable

Controlled access 2017/18: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving