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EU and the Global Political Economy: Origins, Development and Crisis


Admission requirements

Registration for the Minor European Union Studies or admission to the pre-master European Union Studies.


This course aims to analyze how the EU is embedded in the broader global political economy, and associated long-term structural developments and crises of global capitalism. Drawing on international political economy, the course seeks to make sense of the origins, development and crisis of the EU from a critical perspective; and in doing so, it examines the merits and limitations of competing theoretical approaches to European integration.

Course objectives

We will discuss a range of interconnected issues including
a) the origins and development of European Monetary Union (EMU) in the broader context of a global shift from Keynesianism to neoliberalism;
b) the history and role of welfare state capitalism(s) and the future of the ‘social dimension’ of EU policy;
c) the emergence of an EU ‘core’ and ‘periphery’;
d) the sources to contemporary financial and political crisis in the EU;
e) the EU’s chronic democratic deficit;
f) how EU integration and European capitalism has been shaped by the United States, and what it tells us about the structure of the post-war transatlantic order;
g) the implications of the possible decline of the US hegemony and the rise of emerging powers for the EU;
h) the EU’s interaction with the Global South, both in its immediate neighbourhood and beyond.


See Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Course Load

Assessment method




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



Exam review

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.


Blackboard will be used.

Reading list



Via uSis.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


Dr. E. Duzgunr