Europeanisation of Germany or Germanification of Europe?

 

Aims and Objectives

By the end of term, students should (at the very least) …

  • Acquire a basic knowledge of European Union policy making
  • Be familiar with (various) notions of ‘europeanisation’ and ‘multi-level governance’
  • Understand the impact of the European Union on politics in Germany
  • Be able to gauge the influence of Germany in Europe.

Your Duties

  • All students: Regular attendance, participation in class
  • For those requiring fully credits (‘Modulleistung’, ‘Schein’): You must submit an essay
    • Your essay must focus on its title/research question
    • You must pick a title from a list below
    • All the usual guidelines/requirements apply (see the departmental website)
    • There is only one (the general) deadline
  • You must be willing and able to read a lot from week to week. The required readings are on the ReaderPlus system.
  • Plagiarism is the most deadly academic sin. If I find you cheating, you will receive a fail mark, and I will consider further action

Essay Questions

 

  1. Critically define the concept of Europeanisation. How is it different from older concepts such as European Integration or Multilevel Governance? Is it a useful concept at all?
  2. “Europeanisation undermines democracy in Germany”. Discuss.
  3. “Without europeanised media, there can be no real democracy in the EU”. Do you agree?
  4. Could German federalism become a model for a more democratic European Union?
  5. Has Europeanisation already transformed the German welfare state? Do you expect
    major changes over the next five to ten years?
  6. Is there a case for a further Europeanisation of Higher Education Policy in
    Europe? Should the EU be responsible for primary and secondary education?
  7. “European asylum and migration policies are a failure”. Discuss.
  8. Will the Federal Constitutional Court put an end to further Europeanisation of the
    German polity?
  9. “Current developments in EMU serve German (and Dutch) interests at the expense of
    other Eurozone members”. Do you agree? Why (or why not)?
  10. Does Germany meet its responsibilities with respect to the CFSP?

Slides/Course Outline

I will put the slides on my website after class

1Introduction (PDF)print (PDF)
2The EU and Public Policy (PDF)print (PDF)
3Democratic Deficit and Deparlamentarisation (PDF)print (PDF)
4Parliament (PDF)print (PDF)
5Federalism (PDF)print (PDF)
6Justice (PDF)print (PDF)
7Parties (PDF)print (PDF)
8The Media (PDF)print (PDF)
9(Higher) Education (PDF)print (PDF)
10Social Policy (PDF)print (PDF)
11A European Vocation/CFSP (PDF)print (PDF)
12JHA, Migration, Asylum (PDF)print (PDF)
13Economic and Monetary Union (PDF)print (PDF)
14Summary: Germany and the EU

Required Readings (PDF)

Course Outline

21.04.

Introduction

Europeanisation: Börzel and Risse, 2003; Radaelli,

2003; Germany: Anderson, 2005 ; background: Mc-

Cormick, 2014; Bulmer and Lequesne, 2005, ch. 1-3

28.04. The EU and Public Policy

Wallace, Pollack and Young, 2015, ch. 1-3

Europeanisation: Polity

12.05. Democratic Deficit and Deparlamentarisation?

Follesdal and Hix, 2006, Auel, 2006

19.05.

Parliament

Kropp, 2010

02.06.

Federalism

Moore and Eppler, 2008

09.06.

Justice

Panke, 2007, Doukas, 2009

Europeanisation: Politics

16.06.

Parties

Carter and Poguntke, 2010; Wimmel and Edwards,

2011

Europeanisation: Policy

23.06.

(Higher) Education

Toens, 2009

30.06.

An Emerging European/Europeanised Domain: So-

Wallace, Pollack and Young, 2015, ch. 11

cial Policy

New Intergovernmentalism?

07.07.

A European Vocation? /CFSP

Kirchner, 2010; Miskimmon, 2014 and Paterson,

2011; background: Paterson, 2014,

14.07.

JHA, Migration, Asylum

Menz, 2011

21.07.

Economic and Monetary Union

Busch, 2014; Featherstone, 2011; Van Esch, 2012;

background: Wallace, Pollack and Young, 2015, ch.

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Important Journals (Selection)

European Journal of Public Policy

Journal of Common Market Studies

German Politics

West European Politics

References

Background

Bulmer, Simon and Christian Lequesne, eds. (2005). The Member States of the European Union. Oxford Uni- versity Press.

Featherstone, Kevin and Claudio M. Radaelli, eds. (2003). The Politics of Europeanization. Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/0199252092.001.0001. url: http://www.oxfordscholarship. com/view/10.1093/0199252092.001.0001/acprof-9780199252091.

Hix, Simon (2005). The Political System of the European Union. 3rd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

McCormick, John (2014). Understanding the European Union. A Concise Introduction. 6th ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Nugent, Neill (2010). The Government and Politics of the European Union. 7th ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Required reading

Anderson, Jeffrey J. (2005). “Germany and Europe: Centrality in the EU”. In: The Member States of the European Union. Ed. by Simon Bulmer and Christian Lequesne. Oxford University Press, pp. 77–96.

Auel, Katrin (2006). “The Europeanisation of the German Bundestag: Institutional Change and Informal Ad- aptation”. In: German Politics 15.3, pp. 249–268.

Bulmer, Simon and Christian Lequesne, eds. (2005). The Member States of the European Union. Oxford Uni- versity Press.

Busch, Andreas (2014). “Germany and the Euro”. In: Developments in German Politics 4. Ed. by Stephen Padgett, William E. Paterson and Reimut Zohlnhöfer. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 188–210.

Börzel, Tanja and Thomas Risse (2003). “Conceptualizing the Domestic Impact of Europe”. In: The Politics of Europeanization. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 57–80. doi: 10.1093/0199252092.003. 0003.

Carter, Elisabeth and Thomas Poguntke (2010). “How European Integration Changes National Parties: Evidence from a 15-Country Study”. In: West European Politics 33.2, pp. 297–324. doi: 10.1080/01402380903538930

Doukas, Dimitros (2009). “The Verdict of the German Federal Constitutional Court on the Lisbon Treaty: Not Guilty, but Don’t Do It Again!” In: European Law Review 34, pp. 866–888.

Featherstone, Kevin (2011). “The JCMS Annual Lecture: The Greek Sovereign Debt Crisis and EMU: A Failing State in a Skewed Regime”. In: Journal of Common Market Studies 49.2, pp. 193–217. doi: 10.1111/ j.1468-5965.2010.02139.x.

Follesdal, Andreas and Simon Hix (2006). “Why There is a Democratic Deficit in the EU: A Response to Majone and Moravcsik”. In: Journal of Common Market Studies 44.3, pp. 533–562. doi: 10.1111/j. 1468-5965.2006.00650.x.

Kirchner, Emil J. (2010). “Germany’s Role in European and International Security: Aims versus Action”. In:

Rethinking Germany and Europe. Democracy and Diplomacy in a Semi-Sovereign State. Ed. by Simon Bulmer and Stephen Jeffrey Charlie an Padgett. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 139–151.

Kropp, Sabine (2010). “German Parliamentary Party Groups in Europeanised Policymaking: Awakening from the Sleep? Institutions and Heuristics as MPs’ Resources”. In: German Politics 19.2, pp. 123–147. doi:10.1080/09644001003774198.

McCormick, John (2014). Understanding the European Union. A Concise Introduction. 6th ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Menz, Georg (2011). “Stopping, Shaping and Moulding Europe: Two-Level Games, Non-state Actors and the Europeanization of Migration Policies”. In: Journal of Common Market Studies 49.2, pp. 437–462. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2010.02123.x.

Miskimmon, Alister (2014). “Foreign and Security Policy”. In: Developments in German Politics 4. Ed. by Stephen Padgett, William E. Paterson and Reimut Zohlnhöfer. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 211– 226.

Moore, Carolyn and Annegret Eppler (2008). “Disentangling Double Politikverflechtung? The Implications of the Federal Reforms for Bund-Länder Relations on Europe”. In: German Politics 17.4, pp. 488–508. doi: 10.1080/09644000802490527.

Panke, Diana (2007). “The European court of justice as an agent of europeanization? Restoring compliance with EU law”. In: Journal of European Public Policy 14.6, pp. 847–866. doi: 10.1080/13501760701497709.

Paterson, William E. (2011). “The Reluctant Hegemon? Germany Moves Centre Stage in the European Union”. In: Journal of Common Market Studies 49, pp. 57–75. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2011.02184. x. url: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5965.2011.02184.x.

(2014). “Germany and the European Union”. In: Developments in German Politics 4. Ed. by Stephen Padgett, William E. Paterson and Reimut Zohlnhöfer. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 166–187.

Radaelli, Claudio M. (2003). “The Europeanization of Public Policy”. In: The Politics of Europeanization. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 27–56. doi: 10.1093/0199252092.003.0002.

Toens, Katrin (2009). “The Bologna Process in German Educational Federalism: State Strategies, Policy Frag- mentation and Interest Mediation”. In: German Politics 18.2, pp. 246–264. doi: 10.1080/09644000902870875.

Van Esch, Femke (2012). “Why Germany Wanted EMU: The Role of Helmut Kohl’s Belief System and the Fall of the Berlin Wall”. In: German Politics 21.1, pp. 34–52. doi: 10.1080/09644008.2012.655012.

Wallace, Helen, Mark A. Pollack and Alasdair R. Young, eds. (2015). Policy-Making in the European Union. 7th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Wimmel, Andreas and Erica E. Edwards (2011). “The Return of ‘Social Europe’: Ideas and Positions of German Parties towards the Future of European Integration”. In: German Politics 20.2, pp. 293–314. doi: 10. 1080/09644001003774206.

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