Regional Integration and Public Policy

6 credits

Teacher responsible: Pamela Pansardi

This course will focus on the comparative analysis of the policy process with reference to institutional systems of regional integration. In particular, the focus will include the EU, as the most developed case of regional integration, and may also include MERCOSUR, the Andean Community of Nations, and ASEAN. The analytical tools will be provided by the most influential theories of European Integration (in particular neo-functionalism and inter-governamentalism) and of the EU policy making process (namely institutional theory in its variants).

Students are expected to have, or in any case to acquire prior to the course, the basic notions of political science, while the basic notions of policy analysis and European political organization can be  acquired through extra readings during the course.

Preparatory Reading:

As a first approach to the issues that will be examined, students are invited to read: Jacques Ziller, ‘The Challenge of Governance in Regional Integration – Key Experiences from Europe’, EUI Working papers Law n° 2005/11.

For students who wish to deepen their background knowledge of international law and of the legal and public-policy aspects of European integration, the following books are recommended:

1. Antonio CASSESE, International law, Oxford University Press, Oxford-New York, second edition, 2005;

2. Neil NUGENT, The Government and Politics of the European Union, 7th Edition, Palgrave-McMillan, 2010, pp. 1-50.

3. Robert SCHÜTZE, European Constitutional Law, Cambridge University press, 2012.

Enrolled students may view the full course syllabus via Kiro.

N.B. Prospective students can view the full syllabus for this course by signing up to receive the WPIR syllabus package.