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PS 300 CL - Special Topics - Comp Pol of EU Enlargement

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Selected readings and research in political science. See Class Schedule for current topics. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours if topics vary. Prerequisite: Six hours of political science, or consent of instructor.

Special Instructions:

Major restrictions will be removed on December 7. Comparative Politics of European Union Enlargement. This course examines the incentives and disincentives to join the EU in historical perspective, with a focus on how those incentives and disincentives changed across time and region, from the first members in the 1950s to the present and how enlargement has influenced EU politics and decisionmaking. Why do countries join a supranation body- Topics covered include the tension between elite and mass attitudes on the issue of joining, the use of referendum as a general tool and as an enlargement component, the politics of rejection (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) and the role of Germany and France as founders and arbiters, British exceptionalism: delayed entrance and Brexit. We will also consider the distinctiveness of the EU itself as an international organization.

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Spring


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