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Decision Making and Policy Implementation in the EU



Objectives: 1. The course will contribute to the the Research Master’s programme by providing students with a thorough grounding in the current developments in the literature on European Union decision making and the implementation of EU policy measures in the member states. 2. The course will contribute to the skills related objectives of the programme by guiding the students in conducting a joint research project in the field. In this way, the course will make a major contribution to developing the students’ research related skills.

Content: This seminar we focus on how European policy, as specified by a regulation or a directive, is implemented in member states. Students will analyze the process that leads to the implementation of the policy, including the process of transposition, which is crucial for directives. To understand potential factors that may hinder, or stimulate, smooth implementation, we will focus on the current literature on EU compliance and the more traditional public administration literature on policy implementation.

Method of instruction

The mode of instruction is close interaction between professor and student in tutorial format. In part I of the course, the students familiarize themselves with the core literature and most recent research regarding decision making in the EU after the coming into force of the Lisbon treaty and the current research trends in implementation research. The students will report on the key findings of these two bodies of literature and discuss these with the instructor. They also report and discuss identifiable gaps in the research agenda in the field. In part II the student undertakes guided research on one of the topics identified in part I together with the instructor.

Study material



The main components for the assessment will be the report on the literature for part I and the draft article produced as end result of the guided research for part II.