EU492      Half Unit
Political Economy of Integration and Fragmentation in Europe

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis


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 the prism of Comparative and International Political Economy. Looking at particular cases of EU policy-making (EU budget, trade policy, the European social model) and instances of integration and fragmentation (such as Brexit, the management of the Eurozone crisis, the rise of economic patriotism, and others), 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.


This course is delivered through a combination of seminars and lectures totalling a minimum of 27.5 hours across Lent Term.  This year, some or all of this teaching will be delivered through a combination of recorded lectures, flipped lectures (online discussion of lecture materials), and in-person (or, if a School closure demands it, online) seminars. This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of the Lent Term.  A review session will be held at the start of the Summer Term to prepare for the online assessment.

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.

The online assessment for this course will be administered via Moodle.  Questions will be made available at a set date/time and students will be given a set period in the ST to complete the answers to questions and upload their responses back into Moodle.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2019/20: 65

Average class size 2019/20: 16

Controlled access 2019/20: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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