EU492      Half Unit
Political Economy of Integration and Fragmentation in Europe

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Robert Hancke CBG 6.02


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 MSc in European Studies (Research), MSc in Political Economy of Europe and MSc in Political Economy of Europe (LSE and Sciences Po). This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

This course examines the politics and economics of the formation, governance and continuing development of the EU through this perspective. It discusses key contemporary questions for the political economy of Europe,  especially in relation to recent and past crises of economic and political integration and the attempts to complete and reform the existing union.


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

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay and 1 other piece of coursework in the LT.

Indicative reading

  • Alesina A. and Giavazzi F. (2006) The Future of Europe: Reform or Decline?, Cambridge Mass.: MIT Press
  • Bickerton, C. (2012) European Integration: From Nation States to Member States, Oxford: OUP
  • Blyth M. (2013) Austerity: the History of a Dangerous Idea, Oxford: OUP
  • De Grauwe P. (2014), The Economics of Monetary Union, Oxford University Press (10th edition)
  • Dinan, D. (2004): Europe Recast: A History of the European Union, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Dinan D. (2010), Ever Closer Union: an introduction to European integration, Palgrave MacMillan (4th edition)
  • Dyson K. and Featherstone K. (1999): The Road to Maastricht, Introduction, Oxford University Press.
  • Eichengreen B. (2007), The European Economy Since 1945: coordinated capitalism and beyond, Princeton University Press
  • Majone, G. (2014) Rethinking the Union of Europe Post-Crisis: Has Integration gone too far?, Cambridge: CUP


Online assessment (100%) in the ST.

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2018/19: Unavailable

Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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