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Globalization and European Governance



Current trends of globalization, e.g. in terms of the liberalization of global communication, trade and capital flows, affect patterns of governance all over the world. Domestic politics, in view of increased globalization, are increasingly constrained in terms of capacities to control national policies. Currently, the European Union (EU) is trying to find answers to challenges of regional governance in both institutional and political-economic terms, by aiming to improve its democratic foundations and legitimacy, and by further integration in the fields of social, economic and monetary policy. In this course, we explore how the EU reacts to challenges of political and economic globalization and in which ways we expect it to develop institutionally in view of the discussion on the European Convention, the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) and the Lisbon Treaty. The course is based on active student participation.

Methods of Instruction

Lectures, presentations and discussions.

Study material

A list of recent journal articles and book chapters. Readings not available on Leiden University’s electronic journal holdings will be made available on Blackboard. (Readings are approx. 1050 pages in total).


Various short assignments and a final research paper.


Tuesday 1 February till 22 March, 11.00-13.00 hrs. in 5B02 (except 1 February 5B04 and 8 February SA29)
Thursay 3 February till 24 March, 11.00-13.00 hrs., in SA31.