Key Controversies in European Integration


Timo Seidl


October 1, 2024

Course Description

Does the EU have a democratic deficit? Has the EU become too large? Is Brexit good or bad for European integration? Should the EU have a common army? Are business lobbyists too powerful in Europe? Is the EU’s agricultural policy as bad as its reputation? These and other questions are intensely debated among scholars, policymakers, as well as the wider public. In this course, we will use these ‘key controversies in European integration’ as a lens through which to look at the political science research on European integration. In other words, instead of talking about abstract theories or policy fields, we will - after having covered some foundations - try to better understand these important theories and policy fields through engaging with central debates in European integration.