European Policy-Making and International Cooperation

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Julian Hoerner CBG 6.06, Dr Spyridon Economides CBG 5.03 and Prof Waltraud Schelkle CBG 6.01


This course is compulsory on the MSc in European and International Public Policy, MSc in European and International Public Policy (LSE and Bocconi) and MSc in European and International Public Policy (LSE and Sciences Po). This course is available on the MSc in European Studies (Research). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

This course introduces students to governance in Europe at the national and European Union levels. Students learn about the integration and disintegration dynamics in a historical and global context; about who sets the agenda in the EU; how laws are made and how implementation and compliance is enforced. This will be applied a range of areas in EU policy-making. The course runs for the duration of Michaelmas and Lent Term and is organised in four thematic teaching blocks.


10 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the LT. 1 hour of lectures and 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce one presentation and two essays – one in the MT and one in LT.

Seminar teachers will provide detailed feedback and discuss the progress with students.

Indicative reading

Boerzel, T., Hofmann, T. Panke, D. and Sprungk, K. (2010). Obstinate and Inefficient: Why Member States Do Not Comply With European Law. In Comparative Political Studies, 43(11), pp. 1363-1390.

De Vries, C. (2018). Euroscepticism and the Future of European Integration. Oxford: OUP.

Hagemann, S., Bailer, S. and Herzog, A. (forthcoming, 2018) ‘Signals to their parliaments: governments’ strategic use of votes and policy statements in the Council of the European Union’, Journal of Common Market Studies.

Hobolt, S. (2016). The Brexit Vote: A Divided Nation, A Divided Continent. In Journal of European Public Policy, 23(9), pp. 1259-1277.

Keohane, Robert. (2005). After hegemony: cooperation and discord in the world political economy. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Moravcsik, A. (1998). The Choice for Europe: Social Purpose and State Power from Messina to Maastricht. Cornell University Press.

Pollack, M. (2015). Theorizing EU Policy-Making. In Wallace et al. (Eds). (2015). Policy-making in the European Union. Oxford: OUP.

Putnam, R. (1988). Diplomacy and domestic politics: the logic of two-level. In International Organizations, 42(3), pp. 427-460.

Schneider, C. and Slantchev, B. (2018). The Domestic Politics of International Cooperation: Germany and the European Debt Crisis. In International Organization, 72(1), pp. 1-31.

Tsebelis, G. (2002). Veto Players: How Political Institutions Work. Princeton University Press.


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

The summative essay will be submitted as an individual piece of work at the end of the course. The essay will build on formative assignments from MT and LT, as well as detailed feedback from the course teachers.

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2018/19: Unavailable

Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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