EU421      Half Unit
Policy-Making in the European Union

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Eiko Thielemann CBG 7.02


This course is compulsory on the MSc in The Global Political Economy of China and Europe (LSE and Fudan). This course is available on the 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 Environmental Policy and Regulation, MSc in European and International Public Policy, MSc in European and International Public Policy (LSE and Bocconi), MSc in European and International Public Policy (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in International Migration and Public Policy, MSc in Media and Communications (Media and Communications Governance), MSc in Political Economy of Europe, MSc in Political Economy of Europe (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in Public Administration and Government (LSE and Peking University) and MSc in Public Policy and Administration. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.


A solid knowledge of the role and functions of EU institutions is required.

Course content

This course offers the theoretically informed study of the EU policy-making across a selection of key issue areas. The principal aim of the course is to provide a detailed knowledge of how national and EU institutions interact in European policy making. To achieve this, the course starts with a short summary of the actors and institutions governing the process of EU policy-making. The main part of the course analyses the evolving role of the EU and its policy-making dynamics in key policy areas such as the single market, regional policies, agricultural and environmental policies, immigration and asylum policies, economic and monetary Union and others.


10 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the LT. 1 hour and 30 minutes of seminars in the ST.

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

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to submit two formative essays.

Indicative reading

H Wallace, M Pollack, & A Young, Policy-Making in the European Union;  S Hix &.and B. Hoyland, The Political System of the European Union; M Pollack, The Engines of Integration: Delegation, Agency and Agenda Setting in the European Union; J J Richardson & S Mazey, European Union: Power and Policy-making. 


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2018/19: 52

Average class size 2018/19: 10

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication