The purpose of this course is to put students in the roles of decisionmakers in the European Union (EU). More specifically, they will take on the roles of ministers of member states, and negotiate a directive in the Council of Ministers. Students will learn about the institutional environment of the codecision procedure (now the ordinary legislative procedure), the cornerstone of EU decisionmaking, and the logic of intergovernmental bargaining. Taking a step back, working their way through a typical case of European decisionmaking, the experience also allows students to have more insights into the question of legitimacy of the EU, and the so-called democratic deficit.
Literaturhinweise (kann nachgereicht werden):
Bailer, Stefanie. 2006. "The Dimensions of Power in the European Union." Comparative European Politics 4 (4): 355-378.
Tallberg, Jonas. 2004. "The Power of the Presidency: Brokerage, Efficiency and Distribution in EU Negotiations." Journal of Common Market Studies 42 (5): 999-1022. 10.1111/j.0021-9886.2004.00538.x.