About This Course
In this course, you will learn to analyze decision-making in the European Union. The course consists of three parts; Government, Politics, and Policies. The premise for the course is that although the EU is not a state, it can be analyzed using standard theoretical tools from mainstream political science. The empirical focus is on how the EU is currently operating. We expect you to follow EU current affairs, and be able to interpret contemporary developments in light of the theoretical tools. Moreover, you will develop the ability to find and extract relevant material for the EU political system.
By the end of this course, you will master central theoretical concepts in institutional rational choice. You will also know where to find relevant information about the EU institutions, politics in the EU and development in the various policy-areas. Moreover, you develop the abilty to explain the main decision-making processes in the EU
You will be able to apply concepts from institutional rational choice in substantive analysis of EU government, politics, and policy-making, learn to obtain and utilize primary and secondary EU information in your own analysis, and be able to analyze the consequences of decision-making procedures and the policy positions of actors for policy-outcomes.
Finally, you will develop the ability to conduct, present, and evaluate research on EU politics and policy-making