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WESSELS Wolfgang - EU Governance: Theory, Practice and Challenges (20h)

Our course is based on an unconventional analysis: To solve national problems, member states have over decades conferred core competences to the EU. To face crises, the EU political leaders have even reinforced EU instruments and procedures. The Corona crisis and the relations with other global powers are our test cases

The Lisbon Treaty offers a differentiated set of modes of governance. European leaders in and via the European Council have even established and used new forms of governance. The challenges for policy makers and their advisors, at all levels, are considerable.

As a key feature in the power constellation of the EU’s institutional architecture, the Lisbon Treaty has reinforced the role European Council as the main architect of modes of governance, as crisis manager, as chief constitutional architect, and as the ultimate decision-maker (e.g. in the exercising the power of the purse). The European Council has also deeply affected other core areas of national sovereignty, such as foreign and security policy (CFSP), including security and defence policy (CSDP).

This course offers a theory-based analysis of the dynamics and constraints of EU multi-level governance. After covering the basic concepts and theories, students will examine two topical cases: the management of the Corona crisis and challenges in the relations with other global powers By focusing on the fundamental features of policies in these two core areas of the EU system, students of the European Public Affairs and Policies major will gain a broad understanding of two different forms of the EU’s multi-level governance, both on the current agenda.

The course will finish with a simulation game in which students will play the European leaders framing strategies in the European Council. Takin into account the ongoing agenda early 2021 the respective topic will be decided together in the class. // ECTS Card

Professor: Wolfgang WESSELS