Not available in 2018/19
EU479      Half Unit
EU Policy-Making and International Cooperation

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Waltraud Schelkle COW 1.06


This course is available on the MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Columbia), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Hertie), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and NUS), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Sciences Po), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Tokyo), MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy, MPA in Social Impact, 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 Political Economy of Europe, MSc in Political Economy of Europe (LSE and Sciences Po) and Master of Public Administration. This course is not available as an outside option.


Knowledge of economics at the undergraduate level is required but students get this from other courses in the programme.

Course content

This course introduces students to policy-making in the European Union. The EU is a standard and rule-setter beyond Europe and thus raises relevant questions of governance, sovereignty and integration for other parts of the world. Students learn who in the EU sets the agenda; who decides and how implementation and compliance is enforced. This will be applied to major areas of EU policy-making, such as trade in the Single Market, financial regulation and environmental protection. Presentations by practitioners involved in EU policy-making give students insights into the work of lobbyists, advisors and officials.

Teaching is based on interactive seminars. The policy case studies are taught by specialists in a particular policy area and are complemented with group working sessions by the students.

1. Integration and disintegration in Europe

2. Is state sovereignty possible in the 21st century? Two level games in the European Union

3. EU Politics & Policy-making I: Who sets the agenda?

4. EU Politics & Policy-making II: Who decides?

5. EU Politics & Policy-Making III: Implementation and compliance

6. Reading week: formative essay

7. When, where and why are international institutions effective?

8.-9. Policy analysis: from international negotiations to EU institutions and common policies

• Environment – new thinking for a good old planet

• Finance – regulatory models for too big and interconnected to fail

• Trade – the rise of global and regional value chains

10. Policy in practice: Life as a political adviser, official or lobbyist (EI Visiting Fellow as guest speaker)

11. Presentation of policy case studies


20 hours of seminars in the MT.

Tutorials/ extended office hours will be available during reading week when students have to prepare their formative essay on why a policy became closely integrated and how this was achieved.

Formative coursework

Formative essay on policy-making in the EU, to be prepared during reading week.

Indicative reading

Bellamy, R., & Weale, A. (2015). Political legitimacy and European monetary union: contracts, constitutionalism and the normative logic of two-level games. Journal of European Public Policy, 22(2), 257-274.

Falkner, G. (2011) (Ed.) The EU's Decision Traps: Comparing Policies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Finnemore, M., & Goldstein, J. (Eds.). (2013). Back to basics state power in a contemporary world. New York: Oxford University Press.

Keohane, R. O., & Ostrom, E. (Eds.). (1995). Local commons and global interdependence: heterogeneity and cooperation in two domains. London: Sage Publications.

Rodrik, D. (2011). The political trilemma of the world economy. ch.9 in D. Rodrik (Ed.), The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.

Tsebelis, G. (2002). Veto-players: How political institutions work. New York: Russell Sage.

Wallace, H., Pollack, Mark A., & Young, Alasdair R. (2015). Policy-making in the European Union (Seventh ed., New European Union series).


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

Summative essay of 5,000 words, based on group work but to be written up individually after presentation in class and feedback from course teacher.

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2017/18: 15

Average class size 2017/18: 16

Controlled access 2017/18: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills