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EU decision-making processes and policy areas UiO

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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


Students should be familiar with the EU institutions and have basic knowledge of integration theory.

Course Staff

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Bjørn Høyland

Professor Høyland obtained his PhD in Political Science from the London School Of Economics and Political Science. He has previously held posts at University College London and Cicero, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research, Oslo. In 2013 - 2014, Høyland was an Anna Lindh visting professor at the Europe Center at Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He is co-author of The Political System of The European Union: Government, Politics, and Policies. His current research interests are EU politics, comparative legislative politics, and computational political science. For an overview of his publications, see his google scholar page.

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Vibeke Wøien Hansen

Dr Wøien Hansen obtained her PhD in Political Science from the University of Oslo in 2014, specializing in politics in the Council. She has published several journal articles in leading EU journals. Her current post-doctoral research project focuses on the relationship between politcal parties and interst groups.

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Is there a text-book for the course?

Yes, students should buy Hix and Høyland "The Political System of the European Union",(2011), 3rd edition. It is available from Palgrave MacMillan and from amazon.

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  2. Kursaktivitetene starter

    Jan 14, 2017
  3. Kursaktivitetene slutter

    Jun 14, 2017
  4. Estimert arbeidsmengde