Syllabus date: February 8, 2016 COURSE TITLE: Comparative Public Policy: France & the European Union
COURSE DESCRIPTION: As in the US, European governance is modeled on capitalism, rights, and democracy. European nations and the European Union, however, approach these topics distinctly, both in contrast to the U.S. as well as from one another. Model Europe – in comparative perspective and centered around the case study of France – is the topic of this summer course.
Europe is facing the most serious threat to its consolidation since Maastricht, calling into question the EU’s very existence. On a series of fronts – economically, politically, and even ideologically – the longevity of the European model is being challenged. The ongoing refugee crisis without a coherent EU response joins other EU crises, such as its non-response to the rise of virulent nationalism in Hungary and elsewhere, and the economic woes of member states such as Greece, Portugal & Spain. Meanwhile, terror attacks in France have increased pressure on the French integration model, with wider ramifications for the EU and its member states.
This course will explore these contemporary challenges across three seminal fields: governance & citizenship policy, environmental policy, and business. Faculty experts and guest lecturers will work closely with students to understand the contradictory mechanisms at work in all three policy spheres, querying which political strategies are best adapted for the successful future consolidation of Europe. The aim of the course is to provide students with a sophisticated understanding of European policy modeling and contemporary challenges to the European Union.
To secure course credit, students must write one final two-hour exam. The final exam will count for 30% of the grade. Students will also be required to write two short essays of 1500 words each on selected topics in the course. Each essay will count for 15% of the grade. Additionally, students must participate in an extracurricular “policy task force” which will meet largely outside of class time. Students will turn in individual reports of approximately 1,500 words and collectively present their policy findings in the last week of class, which will together count for 30% of the grade. To succeed in these assignments, students must complete the readings ahead of the lectures, and attend lectures on a regular basis. Regular attendance thus counts for 10% of the grade.
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BOOKS (for student purchase): Michael Chabon, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union
Dave Eggers, What is the What? Articles & Chapters (materials to be provided by instructor):
J. H. H. Weiler, The Constitution of Europe: 'Do the New Clothes Have an Emperor?' and Other Essays on European Integration (Cambridge University Press 1999)
Christian Joppke, Veil: Mirror of Identity (Polity Press 2009)
Erik Bleich, Chapter 4: France, in Case Studies in Comparative Politics (Peachpitt Press 2012)
Anne Orford, “Europe Reconstructed” 75 Modern Law Review 275-286 (2012)
Martin Chick, Electricity and Energy Policy in Britain, France and the United States since 1945 Chapters 3 & 5 (Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd 2009)
Martin Marcussen and Jarle Trondal, “The OECD civil servant: Caught between Scylla and Charybdis” Review of International Political Economy Vol. 18, No. 5