Professor Uwe Puetter, PhD
Department of Public Policy, Central European University
Email: [email protected], Web:
Office: TBC
“Research in EU integration and governance”
PhD class – 4 credits
Winter Term 2014
Course objectives
This class aims at preparing students for independent and advanced-level research in the field of
European integration studies. It targets students who already have a good knowledge of EU policymaking both at an empirical and theoretical level. The course provides access to core debates in
European integration studies by critically reviewing existing research in the light of new empirical
findings. The course pays particular attention to the challenges of combining the theoretical
frameworks and methodological tools of different disciplines in EU studies, and to how concepts and
research perspectives developed mainly in the pre-enlargement context can be applied to the
politics and policies of the EU-27 and/or require modification. In this the class aims at helping
students to advance their own conceptual and empirical research frameworks and to situate
themselves and their respective research projects in the wider disciplines of European integration
The course develops core analytical and theoretical skills and specifically aims at preparing students
for a career in academia and/or in leadership positions in policy-making related to European affairs.
The course is based on an interactive teaching methodology targeted at a small group seminar.
Students obtain responsibility for acting as lead speakers on specific topics and practise peer review.
To this end the course applies a number of formats which are characteristic of the future academic
and/or professional environment of students such as panel discussion, presenter/discussant model,
short lecture format, policy briefings and round table discussions.
Learning outcomes
At the outcome of this course students will have the ability to critically apply core theories and
research perspectives in European integration theory to different empirical contexts in an innovative
manner, thus contributing both to empirical and theoretical innovation. They will have developed an
understanding of core conceptual, methodological as well as empirical challenges with regard to
researching a range of different issues in contemporary EU governance and policy. Moreover,
students will be able to apply a number of core academic practices and will have developed oral and
written presentation skills which are required for communicating the results of complex and
advanced-level studies to different audiences (academic, professional expert setting, interested
This course will contribute to the development of a new generation of researchers with a strong
analytical potential, thus helping innovation in the field of European integration studies both in
research and teaching. Those students aiming for a career in EU policy practice will be able to both
produce and make use of complex theoretical and empirical studies in applied and practical
Teaching schedule (TBC)
Thursdays, 11.00 – 12.40 hrs
Fridays, 09.00 – 10.40 hrs
Session formats
The course sessions follow different formats. Each format requires students to provide a specific
type of input.
Study Reviews
1 lead presenter/ 2 discussants
The purpose of a Study Review is to substantially engage with a major research in EU studies which
would typically be accessible as a research monograph (in exceptional cases a collection of articles).
The research should have been influential in shaping our understanding of a particular issue in EU
integration (governance, policy, integration process) and the way how we and others approach new
research (theory, perspective, method).
The lead presenter prepares the reference study for discussion (20 min presentation) and also
develops a set of comments on what in their view the study contributes to the field of European
studies in general and more specifically to a particular sub-field or issue area. What contemporary
issues in European integration could be studied best with the outlined research framework?
For each reference study two competing research approaches will be identified which are accessible
in the format of a journal article or book chapter. Each discussant presents a short (!) summary one
of these articles and develops argument on which aspects the approaches differ (10-15 min).
Please note that a Study Review is composed of two course sessions. The relevant dates are
indicated in the course schedule below. The first session is always dedicated to the lead presentation
and the required reading. Discussants present in the second session.
Academic Practice Seminars
2-3 rapporteurs
This format addresses issues of academic practice such as teaching, networking, fundraising and
dissemination by referring to practical resources of researchers and teachers. For each session
rapporteurs will prepare short background information (10 min presentation) for class discussion.
Course requirements and workload
Class participation is mandatory for this class. Students missing more than two sessions per class
might not receive a passing grade for this course. The successful completion of the course requires
active participation in the class sessions. As this is a research class the emphasis is on interactive
class discussions, the review of research approaches, the preparation of larger texts and regularly
scheduled student presentations.
Students will need to complete a review paper (3500 words) at the end of this class. The review
paper engages with a particular study and critically discusses it. Papers can be related to the topic of
the lead presentation given in class. Please agree your review paper topic with the course director
until November 22, 2013. The final review paper needs to be submitted electronically through the
course website by January 6, 2014 (by the end of the day CET).
Please note that paper deadlines are final and failure to submit in time will automatically result in a
reduced or failing grade.
Individual students need to act as:
lead presenter x2
discussant x3-4
rapporteur x1
Your final grade will be composed of the grade of your research paper (50%), your accumulated
grade from acting as LP/D/R (35%) and your participation in general class discussion (15%).
All written work for this class must be properly referenced, with a standard form of citation used.
You must also include a bibliography of all works referred to. All written contributions need to be
original, i.e. produced exclusively by the student who submits the work. References to all other
sources must be clearly indicated following accepted academic standards. Any text reproduction
which is not clearly identified will have to be considered as plagiarism and, consequently, the
submitted work will be acknowledged with no more than 0% of the mark. In such a case your work
will be submitted to the responsible academic committee for academic dishonesty of your
respective department and/or the university.
Readings for this class
All readings for this course are available through the CEU library. Most readings are available in
electronic format. This includes book chapters. You can access the library’s e-book holding by visiting
the relevant bibliographic entry of the publication in the main library catalogue. You need to be on
campus or connect via VPN to the CEU network.
Students can also access most readings via the “files” folder on the course website (see below).
Access to the course website on CEU e-learning
For accessing the course website on the CEU e-learning platform you will need to contact the course
director by e-mail. You then receive your enrolment key for this course.
As a PhD course, this class builds on active participation and the research interests of its members.
The selection of readings is not limited to the suggestions which appear in the course outline. The
reading list will be discussed and revised in regular intervals. Required readings are posted on the elearning platform ( Please check it each time before you prepare for
individual classes! – If you cannot log in please contact the course director for your course
enrolment password.
Materials will be made available through the e-learning platform or can be found through the online
resources of the CEU library. In order to facilitate access to frequently used hardcopies of books
from the CEU library a special book collection has been created for this class in the CEU library.
There are compulsory textbooks for this class as we deal with a wide range of research topics and
participants are expected to have previously studied the EU policy-making context. Familiarity with
core issues in European integration research, concepts and theories as well as the EU’s institutional
architecture is required. Three reference textbooks have been selected below, each representing
state-of-the art knowledge in a specific area of EU integration studies. A list of the most commonly
cited journals is provided as well. Please check them out regularly.
Reference textbooks (see the book section of this class in the CEU library)
Hix, S. (2005). The political system of the European Union. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Palgrave
Shackleton, M. and J. Peterson (2006). The institutions of the European Union. Oxford, Oxford
University Press.
Wiener, A. and T. Diez (2009). European integration theory. Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Craig, P. and De Búrca, G. (2007) European Union Law: Texts, Cases and Materials. Oxford, Oxford
University Press.
Journals (all available at CEU)
Comparative European Politics
European Political Science Review
European Union Politics
Journal of Common Market Studies
Journal of European Integration
Journal of European Public Policy
European Law Journal
European Law Review
Common Market Law Review
Introduction: Research in EU integration and governance
During this session you need to sign up for lead presentations, the role of discussant and rapporteur
during the individual class sessions.
The session introduces the format of a “study review” and helps you to plan and set up your own
study reviews and contributions as a “discussant”.
Studying of political integration – back to the roots!
Haas, E.B. (1968), The uniting of Europe. Political, social, and economic forces 1950-1957 (Stanford,
California: Stanford University Press).
chapter 1
chapter 2
2013/10/03 and 2013/10/04
Study Review I – The community method and the centrality of regulatory politics
Reference study (required reading):
Majone, G. (2010), Dilemmas of European integration. The ambiguities and pitfalls of integration by
stealth (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
chapter 3, The community method
chapter 7, Positive and negative integration
chapter 10, The future of the Union
Access the full book via the CEU network:
Lead presenter:
Our "discussants" (further reading - required for lead presenters):
Scharpf, F.W. (2006), 'The joint-decision trap revisited', Journal of Common Market Studies, 44 (4),
Discussant 1:
Scharpf, F.W. (2002), 'The European social model: coping with the challenges of diversity', Journal of
Common Market Studies, 40 (4), 645-670.
Discussant 2:
2013/10/10 and 2013/10/11
Study Review II – Soft governance and policy coordination
Reference study (required reading):
Armstrong, K. (2010). Governing Social Inclusion: Europeanization through Policy Coordination.
Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- chapter 1
- chapter 6
Lead presenter:
Our "discussants" (required reading):
Daly, M. (2007). Whither EU social policy? An account and assessment of developments in the Lisbon
social inclusion process. Journal of Social Policy, 37 (1), 1-19.
Discussant 1:
Borrás, S. & Jacobsson, K. (2004). The open method of co-ordination and new governance patterns in
the EU. Journal of European Public Policy, 11(2), 185-208
Discussant 2:
2013/10/17 and 2013/10/18
Study Review III - Understanding institutional change in the EU
Reference study (required reading):
Héritier, A. (2007). Explaining institutional change in Europe. Oxford, Oxford University Press.
- chapter 3, 5-66
Lead presenter:
Our "discussants" (further reading - required for lead presenters):
Neyer, J. (2006), 'The deliberative turn in integration theory', Journal of European Public Policy, 13
(5), 779-791.
Discussant 1:
Bulmer, Simon J. (1998): New Institutionalism and the Governance of the Single European Market,
in: Journal of European Public Policy, 5 (3), 365-386.
Discussant 2:
2013/10/24 and 2013/10/25
Study Review IV – How member states negotiate policy in the EU
Reference study (required reading):
Tallberg, J. (2006), Leadership and negotiation in the European Union (Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press).
chapter 2, pp. 17-42
chaper 4, pp. 82-111
Lead presenter:
Our "discussants" (further reading - required for lead presenters):
Puetter, U. (2012), 'Europe's deliberative intergovernmentalism - the role of the Council and
European Council in EU economic governance', Journal of European Public Policy, 19 (2), 161-178.
Discussant 1:
Lewis, J. (2010), 'How institutional environments facilitate cooperative negotiation styles in EU
decision-making', Journal of European Public Policy, 17 (5), 648-664.
Discussant 2:
Academic Practice Seminar 1: Networks and institutions: research centers and
professional organisations in the field of European studies
Presenters will select research centers or think tanks working on European integration topics, as well
as professional organisations. Professional organisations in this case are networks and organisations
of academics and professionals working in the field of European integration. Examples for research
centers and think tanks are Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) or the Centre for European
Reform, the think tanks Bruegel and Notre Europe. Examples for professional networks and
academic organisations are the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES),
the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), the European Union Studies Organization
(EUSA) and the Council for European Studies.
Presenter 1:
Presenter 2:
Academic Practice Seminar 2: Teaching European integration studies: under-graduate and
Presenters will introduce examples of English language degree programs in European Studies with a
particular focus on EU policy-making (there needs to be at least one example for a BA and MA
program respectively). Please introduce and review the academic and organisational features of
each program in turn and discuss their relevance for future careers in academia, policy practice and
the private sector.
Presenter 1:
Presenter 2:
Academic Practice Seminar 3: Text books in European integration studies: under-graduate
and post-graduate
Presenters will review of major textbook used as a teaching resource in degree programs focussing
on EU studies. What are core textbooks suitable for either the BA and MA level or both? What are
key book series and publishers relevant to the field? What other sources will you use for teaching
(official, unofficial, academic, non-academic, media)?
Presenter 1:
Presenter 2:
2013/11/07 and 2013/11/08
Study Review V – EU integration and civil society
Reference study (required reading):
Kohler-Koch, Beate: The three worlds of European civil society – What role for civil society for what kind of
Europe?, in: Policy and Society, Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 47-57.
Lead presenter:
Our "discussants" (required reading):
Pérez-Solórzano Borragán, N. (2006), Post-communist interest politics: A research agenda, in:
Perspectives on European Politics and Society 7(2), pp. 134-154.
Discussant 1:
Saurugger, S. (2010), Interest Groups and Democracy in the European Union, in: Beyers, J./ Eising,
R./ Maloney W. A. (eds.), Interest Group Politics in Europe, London: Routledge, pp. 172 - 200.
Discussant 2:
2013/11/14 and 2013/11/15
Study Review VI – Law, institutionalisation and integration
Reference study (required reading):
Weiler, J.H.H. (2003), 'In defence of the status quo: Europe's constitutional Sonderweg', in Joseph
H.H. Weiler and Marlene Wind (eds.), European constitutionalism beyond the state (Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press).
Weiler, J.H.H. (1982), 'The community system: the dual character of supranationalism', Yearbook of
European Law, 1, 257-306.
Lead presenter:
Our "discussants" (required reading):
Armstrong, K.A. (1998), 'Legal integration: theorizing the legal dimension of European integration',
Journal of Common Market Studies, 36 (2), 155-174.
Discussant 1:
Fligstein, N./ Stone Sweet, A. (2001), 'Institutionalizing the Treaty of Rome', in Alec Stone Sweet,
Wayne Sandholtz, and Neil Fligstein (eds.), The institutionalization of Europe (Oxford: Oxford
University Press), 29-55.
Discussant 2:
2013/11/21 and 2013/11/22
Study Review VII – Studying the role of norms in EU policy-making
Reference study (required reading):
Wiener, A. (2008), The invisible constitution of politics. Contested norms and international
encounters (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
- chapter 3, pp. 37-58
- chapter 4, pp. 59-86
Lead presenter:
Our "discussants" (required reading):
Schimmelfennig, F. (2001), 'The community trap: liberal norms, rhetorical action, and the Eastern
enlargement of the European Union', International Organization, 55 (1), 47-80.
Discussant 1:
Manners, I. (2002), 'Normative power Europe: a contradiction in terms?', Journal of Common Market
Studies, 40 (2), 235-258.
Discussant 2:
Meet a policy practitioner
This session will feature a presentation by a policy practitioner working in Brussels or within a
national capital who has profound experience with EU policy-making. The presentation is followed
by a small-group discussion. The session helps you to learn about a key issue in contemporary EU
governance and prepares you for your future research as well as a professional career in the field.
2013/11/29 and 2013/12/05
Study Review VIII – Studying compliance with EU standards and policy provisions
Reference study (required reading):
Falkner, G./ Treib, O./ Hartlapp, M./ Leiber, S. (2005), Complying with Europe? The Impact of EU
Minimum Harmonisation and Soft Law in the Member States, Cambridge: Cambridge University
- chapter 1
- chapter 2
- chapter 15
Lead presenter:
Our "discussants" (required reading):
Toshkov, Dimiter (2007), In search of the worlds of compliance: culture and transposition
performance in the European Union, Journal of European Public Policy 14(6), pp. 933-959.
Discussant 1:
Tallberg, Jonas (2002): Paths to Compliance: Enforcement, Management, and the European Union,
International Organization 56, 3, Summer 2002, pp. 609 –643.
Discussant 2:
Concluding session: European integration theory and the future of the discipline

Research in EU integration and governance