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HODSON D. - EU Governance and Integration : Common Policies, Institutions, Eurozone, (Digital) Single Market, Globalisation, EU Crises (30h)

The Research Seminar will give students a deeper understanding of how the EU governs an economy that is characterised by interdependence, diversity and a high degree of exposure to global trends. This intellectual focus encompasses – but is not limited to – questions concerning:

  • Eurozone integration and governance
  • The Single Market
  • EU economic policies, including regional policy, competition policy and industrial policy
  • Models of European capitalism and systems of national economic governance
  • The EU and globalisation
  • The EU and international economic institutions and fora, including the WTO, IMF, G8 and G20
  • The EU and its economic relations with third countries, including the UK

The course introduces students to how the various sub-fields of political science – including international relations, international political economy, comparative political economy and public policy – think about the relationship between markets, states and institutions. It explores the conditions under which EU member states engage in economic cooperation and conflict and what role EU institutions play in fostering, deepening and legitimating such cooperation.

The course encompasses macro perspectives, as in the governance of the eurozone and single market, and micro perspectives, as in the governance of specific industries or issue areas, such as the internet and digital technologies. The course provides an opportunity to explore how similarities and differences between member states’ political systems and models of capitalism shape EU-level cooperation. It also considers how EU member states and institutions pursue ‘European interests’ in, what Robert Keohane has described as, a ‘partially globalised world’. This conception of globalisation highlights not only the unleashing of market forces worldwide but also the importance of states and institutions in managing the risks and rewards that such forces bring.

A key objective of the course is to equip students with a deeper understanding of research design and the role it plays in promoting research excellence. It encourages critical thinking about the kinds of research questions that scholars should pose and the crucial role that theories play in highlighting plausible answers to such questions. Students will explore different empirical strategies for gathering data and evidence to interrogate research questions and understand the importance of case study selection. Guidance is offered on the practical aspects of research, including writing up and structuring theses. 

The research seminar is composed of an introductory plenary session which provides student with general methods of research design in political science, and of a series of individual meetings during which the professor, the academic assistant and the student discuss the student’s research project.

Professor Dermot HODSON