The European Union and Multilevel Governance

Professor Michael Kull

After the enlargement in 2004, the European Union forms common economic area and market that is comparable in size to the USA. The EU is a result of historically unprecedented integration in political and economic units that has resulted in highly complex but also influential system of multi-level governance. The levels of economic and social welfare offered to European citizens are among the highest in the world. Yet, Europe is also facing highly difficult challenges in terms of demographic changes and economic impact of both enlargement and competition from rising Asian economies. This course discusses the nature of the European Union and its growing importance in the world economy, economic and political impact of integration processes, science, technology and innovation funding policies, and the Lisbon strategy, both its genesis and current stand.

Walter van Gerven, The European Union. A Polity of States and People, Stanford, 2005.
Maria João Rodrigues, European Policies for a Knowledge Economy, London, 2003.
T. R. Reid, The United States of Europe. The New Superpower and the End of American Supremacy, New York, 2004.
Wallace, H., Wallace, W. and Pollack, M. 2005. Policy-making in the European Union, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Credits: 3
Grade: Yes
Mandatory: Yes