Governance of the European Union

Governance of the European Union

  • Study programme and level:The joint doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sector (third cycle)
  • 2nd year
  • 5 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective course
  • Lectures: 20
  • Seminar: 20
  • Others formc of study: 20
  • Individual work: 90
  • Lecturer: Vinko Kandžija, PhD

1. Objectives and competences


  • students acquaint with the institutional structure and the distribution of powers in the EU, especially the methods and practice of EU decision-making
  • students obtain detailed knowledge of the Internal Market and the system of European policies, the EU Financing system and the monetary setup
  • students gain the ability to critically approach and understand the current administrative system of the EU, especially through the quality management and the control of decision-making processes
  • in addition, the students qualify for the evaluation and the analytical assessment of the EU governance system.

These objectives will enable students to develop new and upgrade previously acquired competences, such as: the ability to research and transfer knowledge into practice, the ability to conduct and manage original research in the field of EU governance, as well as the ability to critically analize, comprehend, evaluate and, finally, manage the European process of decision-making and governance.

2. Content (Syllabus outline)

  • Economic and political postulates of the European Union (History of integration, methods of integration, broadening and deepening of the integration ...)
  • Source of EU law and its institutions (EU institutional structure and the distribution of powers, the system of supranational regulation, methods and practice of EU decision-making, the principle of subsidiarity ...)
  • European Internal Market and the system of European policies (Internal Market and the fundamental freedoms, Competition Policy, Common Commercial Policy, Common Agricultural Policy, Social Policy and Regional Policy, Industrial and Enterprise Policy, Environmental Policy)
  • Economic and Monetary Union (The Eurozone, The central banking system, macroeconomic coordination, fiscal union and harmonization of taxation, economic union perspectives ...)
  • Financing system of the EU (EU budget, the system of EU funds, development banks, fiscal federalism ...)
  • Evaluation of the administrative system of the EU (public opinion and the EU, quality management, control of decision-making, democratic deficit ...)

3.  Readings

  • KANDŽIJA, Vinko. 2010, Ekonomika i politika Europske unije, Ekonomski fakultet Sveučilišta u Rijeci, Rijeka
  • Nello, S.S., 2011, The European Union: Economics, Policy and History 3/e, McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Baldwin, R., Wyplosz, C., 2012, The Economics of European Integration, McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Pelkmans, J., 2006, European Integration: Methods and Economic Analysis, Pearson Education
  • McDonald,F., Dearden, S., 2005, European Economic Integration, Pearson Education
  • Moussis, N. Access to European Union law, economics, policies. 20th edition

4. Intended learning outcomes

The student will be qualified for independent critical analysis of the European governance system. By knowing the logics and principles of the multi-national integration methods, the EU institutional structure and the distribution of its powers, the concepts of the common financing system, as well as the system of common policies which form the Internal Market and the EMU, the student should be able to understand and analize the methods and practices of the EU decision-making system. Consequently, the student will be able to evaluate the European administrative system, especially in regards to quality management and the (public) control of the governance system. This will enable students to manage the logics and technics which regulate particular EU policies and their financial frameworks.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Seminars and workshops
  • Research & individual studying
  • Consultation & mentoring

6. Assessment

Preparation and presentation of research seminar 50%
Written (or oral) exam 50%