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Fall 2010

PS240: The Politics of European Integration


±20%, including all notes and references)). I encourage you to see me early and often to discuss possible research paper topics. As part of the class, we will have an introduction to the EU Documents collections at Perkins library with Christof Galli, the international organizations documents librarian at Duke with special responsibility for the EU Depository collection at the end of our second class (Thursday Sep.9, from about 11:50 to 12:35). Looking through recent issues of EU-specific journals such as the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Integration, or European Union Politics, as well as browsing EU-related sections in the library (e.g. shelves with Library of Congress call numbers starting with JN1 - JN50 and HC241.2), might also help you in selecting topics.

By Monday, Oct. 4, you must submit a memo, which states clearly (1) what your topic is, (2) why this is interesting to you and should be interesting to others, (3) what your key analytical questions are, and—very importantly—(4) how you will go about answering them. I will return the memo with comments in class on Thursday, Oct. 7.

For all students, the final grade for the course will be based on:

  • research paper: 60%

  • research presentation: 10%

  • class participation: 30%


Many of the required readings are available to you online via Duke's e-journal collections or similar sources; the syllabus on the course website links directly to those readings (marked "online" below) whenever possible (some bibliographic databases do not allow stable links). Some other readings have been placed on electronic or physical reserve at Perkins library; those readings are marked "e-res" or "reserve" respectively (access may be restricted to students registered for the course). Most other required readings are contained in the following two books, which are available for purchase at the Duke Bookstore.

N&S: Nelsen, Brent F. and Alexander Stubb, eds. The European Union: Readings on the Theory and Practice of European Integration. 3rd edition. Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2003.

NN: Nugent, Neill. The Government and Politics of the European Union. 7th edition [!]. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Financial Times Subscription

The European Union is very much in flux. Negotiations about the next enlargements (Croatia, Turkey, etc.) are underway, and the EU is still working out the practical implications of recent changes in the institutions (such as the creation of the position of President of the Council or of de facto EU foreign minister and the changes in voting weights through the Lisbon Treaty). To keep up with the changes, students in PS240 should get a subscription to the Financial Times (FT), which reports on these developments regularly and with greater accuracy and detail than any other English-language source available in the United States. As part of the required readings for each week, students are expected to have followed each prior week's developments in the EU to the extent that they were reported in the FT (print or full electronic edition, not just ft.com). 15-week student subscriptions of the FT are available at a greatly discounted price via a sign-up in the first class.

Finally, the following books have been ordered as "Recommended" since we read several selections from them:

Hösli, Madeleine. The Euro: A Concise Introduction to Europe's Single Currency. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2005.

Wiener, Antje and Thomas Diez, eds. European Integration Theory. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

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