Governing Europe

General Information
dr Veronica Russu
Number of Hours: 
Monday 17:15 - 18:45
Preliminary requirements: 

Student should have basic knowledge on political aspects of international relations, and international organisations. English skills enabling effective reading and verbal communication.

Course Description: 
  1. Introduction: the concept of regional governance.
  2. Mapping Europe.
  3. History of European Integration/Regional Cooperation.
  4. Problems of European governing (enlargement, citizens and political system, economic development, security, external relations etc.). 
  5. Future of European integration.
Aims of the course: 

W1. Student indicates main causes of regionalisation/integration processes in Europe, their characteristics and consequences.

W2. Student describes the socio-political, economic, institutional and cultural European space with the special focus on  the European Union and its ‘governing’ activity.

W3. Student knows theoretical elements of political and societal integration and disintegration processes.

W4. Student explains processes of European integration in various dimensions (political, socio-economic, security, cultural).


U1. Student identifies the importance of particular states and sub-regions in European processes of integration and disintegration.

U2. Student learns how to analyse  the factors which influence the EU’s activity and policy, such as history, legal/institutional norms, various interests of the member states etc.

U3. Student proposes possible strategies for various issues in terms of challenges linked with processes of integration and disintegration in Europe.

U4. Student creates the possible scenarios of developments in Europe.


K1. Student understands the significance of interdisciplinary approach for the analysis of political and economic phenomena of particular countries, regions and the world system.

K2. Student presents a critical approach towards theoretical debates and publications and is being able to submit and develop her/his own original concepts and solutions of selected political and economic issues.

K3. Student verifies multidimensional issues of contemporary processes of integration and disintegration in Europe.

K4. Student participates in discussion concerning the controversial issues of European governance.


Teaching methods: 

Seminar,  workshops,  multimedia presentations,  debates

Evaluation & Completion: 

Projects of the working groups on : Do we need the European Union? Debates about integration and united Europe: Towards federation? Towards fragmentation? presented during class. It is combined with activity during classes and attendance.

Basic Literature: 

Archer Clive, The European Union, London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2009

Farrell M., (ed.) EU external relations. Exporting the EU model of governance? European Foreign Affairs Review Vol. 10, No 4, 2005

Laïdi Zaki (ed.), EU foreign policy in a globalized world : normative power and social preferences, Routledge 2008

Merlingen Michael and Rosa Ostrauskaitė (eds.), European security and defence policy : an implementation perspective, London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2010.

Telò Mario (ed.), The European Union and global governance, London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2009

Set of selected papers in the electronic form updated every year and provided during the first classes.

Websites of regional integration groupings.

Additional Literature: 

Bachmann K. Stadtmuller E (eds), The European Union’s Neighbourhood Challenge. Transborder Cooperation, Migration and Europenisation, Wroclaw 2011

Higgott, R., The Theory and Practice of Global and Regional Governance: Accommodating American Exceptionalism and European Pluralism, European Foreign Affairs Review, no 10/2005

Jørgensen Knud Erik(ed.), The European Union and international organizations, London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2009

Khudoley K., Volgy T. (eds), Reflecting on a wider Europe and Beyond, Petersburg 2007

Nick Bernard, Multilevel governance in the European Union, The Hague : Kluwer Law International, 2002

Stadtmuller E , Bachmann K.(eds), The EU's Shifting Borders – Theoretical Approaches and Policy Implications in the New Neighbourhood, Routledge, London-New York 2012

Telò M. (ed.)European Union and New Regionalism. Regional Actors and Global Governance in a Post-Hegemonic Era, , Ashgate, Aldershot 2007.

Watts Duncan, The European Union Edinburgh Univ. Press 2008

Wunderlich Uwe, David J Bailey (eds), The European Union and global governance : a handbook, Routledge 2011.