The Political Economy of the European Union
This MA course, open also to Ph.D. students, addresses the core policies of the enlarged European Union. It focuses on the structure and future of the major expenditure areas and new policies, as energy and environment under the angle of the Lisbon Reform Treaty and of the emerging new Financial guidelines for the 2014-2020 period. Traditional policies relating to money, such as cohesion policies, management of the Greek and Irish crises, and transatlantic conflicts, as well as experiences with enlargement are covered. Future oriented strategies as Europe 2020 and the role of EU in the global areana are discussed. Background in economics is though an advantage, however it is not a prerequisite of taking this course. The major aim of the course is to understand why major policies evolve and how these are being reformed.