Politici funcționale europene - RISE3

The general aims of the course is to provide a detailed and critical understanding of what European Union does in the different policy fields, to channel this knowledge through the wider context of economics and public policy analysis, and to enable students to develop analytical and theoretical skills that provide the foundations for higher degrees or that can be transferred directly into non-academic careers. Written papers and class presentations will encourage students to develop practical skills such the ability to plan and work independently and to summarise and elucidate an issue. More specifically, the objectives are three-fold: 1. DESCRIPTIVE: To provide a detailed account of what the EU does in the different policy fields, from the single market to foreign policy, and the central issues at stake in this critical stage in the development of the EU. 2. THEORETICAL/ANALYTICAL: To locate this empirical information within the student’s understanding and use of general theoretical explanations in public policy analysis. Among other things, these theories help us explain: Why is it so difficult to keep inflation at a desirable level for all Euro-zone members? Why do so many member states have excessive deficits? Why is the Common Agricultural Policy so difficult to reform? 3. CRITICAL/NORMATIVE: To develop a critical/normative approach to many of the questions facing Europe’s citizens and political leaders in the next decade. E.g. How should EMU work? Should the stability and Growth Pact be reformed? Should there be more or less EU social and environmental regulation?

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1. Europeismul științific: Uniunea Europeană și metoda științifică. 2. Instituții și procesul decizional. 3. Piața unică: teoria, practica și impactul economic. 4. Politica socială: mobilitatea muncii la cetațenia UE. 5. Uniunea Economică și Monetară: teoria, evoluția și modul de funcționare. 6. Politicile pieței unice: politica concurenței, industrială și de competițivitate, armonizarea fiscală, transport, energie, mediu, pescuit. 7. Recapitulare. 8. Bugetul UE. 9. Politica agricolă comună: teoria, practica și impactul. 10. Politica regională: teoria, practica și impactul. 11. Politicile interne: imigrație, azil, spațiul Schengen, drepturile cetățenești, justiție. 12. Relațiile externe și afacerile internaționale: politica de comerț extern, politica de dezvoltare, politica externă și de securitate comună. 13. Extinderea și restrângerea Uniunii: teoria, evoluția, Brexit. 14. Recapitulare.

Indicative reading: 

El-Agraa, A. (2015) The European Union Illuminated: Its Nature, Importance and Future. Palgrave Macmillan. Chapters 4-6; El-Agraa, A.M. (2011) The European Union: economics and policies, Ninth edition. Cambridge University Press. Chapters 6-25; European Parliament EU Fact Sheets; Hix, S. and B. Hoyland (2011) The Political System of the European Union, 3rd edition. Palgrave Macmillan. Chapters 8-12; Wallace, H., M.A. Pollack, and A.R. Young (eds) (2014) Policy-Making in the European Union, Seventh edition. Oxford University Press; Artis, M., and Nixson, F. (2007) The Economics of the European Union: Policy and Analysis. Oxford University Press.

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