Advanced Topics class for CP, PE, PP and IR tracks
European Union (EU) integration has been identified as a process of fundamental political, economic and societal change. It is a process which is associated with Europe’s geographical, economic, political and military divisions of the Cold War period as much as with the post-1989 transitions and the eventual major expansion of the European Union. Yet, more recently the EU and with it the wider project of integration has been dubbed to be in existential crisis. The euro crisis, the migration crisis, Brexit as well as rule of law and democracy crises all have become attributes of contemporary European integration.
Though these recent episodes have hardly been the only crises the EU was associated with, they sparked a new wave of research which re-engages classic approaches in European integration theory. Scholars have started to contemplate the demise of the EU, developed new theories of disintegration as much as of further integration in response to recent crises episodes. They also have sought to conceptualise the changing politics of European integration in relation to the EU-level and the domestic spheres alike. This advanced topics course revisits the notion of crisis and engages with major theoretical approaches such as postfunctionalism, new integovernmentalism, discursive institutionalism and theories of disintegration. It helps students of European and domestic politics and policy to address contemporary phenomena in the light of a broader theories of European (dis)integration.