Political Theories of European integration

leusl2010  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Political Theories of European integration
5.00 credits
30.0 h
Basic knowledge in political science, law and history.
Main themes
This course provides an overview of the main theories on European integration.
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 The aim of this course is to develop students' understanding of the theories used to explain the European integration process, by introducing and evaluating the main schools of thought in European integration theory. Students should be able to apply these theoretical models to empirical questions of EU politics and policy-making.
  • Introduction to theorizing the European integration process
  • Federalism
  • Neo-functionalism
  • Intergovernmentalism and liberal intergovernmentalism
  • New-institutionalism: rational choice institutionalism, sociological institutionalism, historical institutionalism, principal-agent model
  • Politicization, crises and post-Maastricht integration: postfunctionalism, new intergovernmentalism and failing forward
  • Social constructivism
  • Governance and multi-level governance
  • Critical political economy
Teaching methods
Evaluation methods
Written exam. The exam covers all the material discussed during the lectures and presented in the reader.
Other information
Reader with obligatory readings (updated annually).
Teaching materials
  • Reader with obligatory readings (updated annually)
Faculty or entity

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Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
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