Professor Olivier COSTA
The purpose of the course is to undertake a critical analysis of EU’s institutional structure and political functioning from the perspective of political science. The course proposes a reflection on the nature of the EU political system, by looking at its historical and constitutional design. It then examines how the EU institutions are appointed; how they function; their respective powers; how they interact with each other, and with the national political institutions and civil society actors. It discusses the process of European policy-making, institutional reform and the challenges and crises the EU is facing today. It finally looks at the key policies and programmes of the European Union.