POLITOLOGISGRUNDKURSUS
EFTERÅR 2013

The European Union
Ben Rosamond
br@ifs.ku.dk
Plan of this session
 13.15-14.00 – Lecture

 The EU: a very brief
introduction
 Why the EU matters for
students of pol...
1. The European Union: a very brief introduction
(a) A story of post-war institution building in
Europe

 Treaty of Paris...
(b) An
enlarging
project
1951
1973
1981/1986

1995
2004
2007
2013

????
(c) A gradual drift of policy
competence from national
to supranational level?

See Treaty on the Functioning of the
Europ...
2. Why does the EU matter for student of political science?

International relations

 The transformation of European int...
European
elections

National
elections

National
citizenship

British (EU
citizen); lives in
Sweden; works in
Denmark

Fis...
The standard debate: is the EU/can the EU be
 A military power?
 Some foreign policy security
competence, but probably n...
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In this lecture, Ben Rosamond, professor at Centre for European Politics, makes a short introduction to the European Union (EU). He asks why the EU matters for students of political science and discusses two cases: what can the EU tell us about modern citizenship and what kind of power is the EU in world politics?

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  1. 1. POLITOLOGISGRUNDKURSUS EFTERÅR 2013 The European Union Ben Rosamond br@ifs.ku.dk
  2. 2. Plan of this session  13.15-14.00 – Lecture  The EU: a very brief introduction  Why the EU matters for students of political science  Two illustrations of why the EU matters  14.00-14.20 – Q&A
  3. 3. 1. The European Union: a very brief introduction (a) A story of post-war institution building in Europe  Treaty of Paris (1951) – ECSC  Treaties of Rome (1957) – Euratom, EEC  Merger Treaty (1965) – European Communities  Single European Act (1986)  Treaty of European Union (1992) – EU  Treaty of Amsterdam (1997)  Treaty of Nice (2001)  Treaty of Lisbon (2009) = Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) Market integration Monetary union (17 member states)  A set of Europeanlevel institutions  Economic integration  Common policies  A body of supranational law
  4. 4. (b) An enlarging project 1951 1973 1981/1986 1995 2004 2007 2013 ????
  5. 5. (c) A gradual drift of policy competence from national to supranational level? See Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, Articles 2-6 http://eurlex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do? uri=OJ:C:2008:115:0047:0199:EN:PDF
  6. 6. 2. Why does the EU matter for student of political science? International relations  The transformation of European international politics  Model for the governance of complex interdependence?  An actor in the international system … but not a state Comparative politics  A political system … but what kind?  Major source of external input into national pol systems  A kind of federal polity?  A type of state-building? Political theory  A site for re-thinking classic political theory concepts such as citizenship, democracy, legitimacy etc.  A cosmopolitan or a communitarian project?  Political identity beyond the nation-state? Public administration  A major site of regulation  Governance without government?  ‘Multi-level governance’?
  7. 7. European elections National elections National citizenship British (EU citizen); lives in Sweden; works in Denmark Fiscal ‘citizenship’ A case of free movement/EU citizenship … but still three currencies in my wallet! 3. Case #1: the EU and citizenship Political/civic ‘citizenship’ Taxation Benefits
  8. 8. The standard debate: is the EU/can the EU be  A military power?  Some foreign policy security competence, but probably not  An economic power? (or ‘civilian power/market power)  External projection of the single market  EU is a major source of econ. regulation and international economic law  A ‘normative power’?  External projection of EU’s core principles …  e.g. human rights, democracy, rule of law etc.  Or three varieties of normative power?  Three types of liberalism? 3. Case #2: what kind of ‘power’ is the EU in world politics? markets The EU as European peace project peace cosmopolitan duty The EU as ’regulatory state’ The EU as European citizenship project

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