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Budgetary Politics of the EU: From Thatcher to Hamilton


Admission requirements

At least BSA (40 EC).


In this course we will be looking at the history of the European Union budgetary politics, and the policy-making processes, and current challenges when negotiating the European Union’s budget. The main aims of the course are twofold: 1) to provide students with a thorough understanding of the main challenges currently facing officials when negotiating the EU budget. We will be examining specific examples of EU budget negotiations and the politics surrounding spending EU funds; 2) You will learn how to critically assess policies, which is a key transferable skill in today’s job market.
Over the course of 12 seminars, we will look at the policy-making procedures surrounding the EU budget and the different areas that receive EU spending.

Course objectives

Learning outcomes:

  • To develop students’ knowledge of the EU;

  • To introduce students to the EU’s budegtray policy processes;

  • To identify contemporary challenges facing the EU and acquire knowledge of how budgetary policy is formulated in order to respond to them;

  • To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the political landscape in Europe and the opportunities and constraints faced by policymakers in negotiation the EU’s budget;

  • To critique policy;
    To develop students’ skills base in respect of: research; critical writing; critical argumentation.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminars

Assessment method

Assessment and Weighing

  • Participation (20%)

  • Presentation of research design for the policy paper

  • Policy paper (60%)

The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


A resit is only available if students fail the course as a whole. A resit will be possible for the policy paper.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

A reading list will be distributed at the start of the course.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.

Registration Studeren à la carte en Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


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