The Political System of the European Union

The Political System 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
  • Other forms of study: 20
  • Individual work: 90
  • Lecturer: Alenka Kuhelj, PhD

1. Objectives and competences


  • student acquaints with the political system of the EU,
  • student qualifies for the monitoring and analytical assessment of developments in the EU, from both political and legal perspective,
  • student obtain detailed knowledge of content and institutional structure of the EU,
  • student gain the ability to critically approach and understand the current political changes in the EU,
  • student understands the development trends of the EU.


  • ability to research andt ransfer knowledge into practice,
  • developing new knowledge and understanding of thefield,
  • sbility to conduct and manages original research in the field of EU,
  • generates new skills, techniques, tools, practices and materials.

2. Content (Syllabus outline)

  • Comparative definition of parliamentary systems of the Member States and the European Union's political system
  • Substantial differences in the application of the principles of popular sovereignty and separation of powers within the Member States and the European Union
  • Institutional and functional regulation of the European Parliament
  • Institutional and functional regulation of the EU Council
  • Institutional and functional regulation of the European Commission
  • Institutional and functional regulation of the European Council
  • A more detailed presentation of the powers and role of institutions in the legislative process
  • EU legislation
  • The role of the EU Court in the interpretation and application of legal acts
  • Systemic role of the European Central Bank

3.  Readings

  • Simon Hix, Bjorn Hoyland, (The Political System of the European Union (The European Union Series), 3rd Edition, PalgraveMacmillan; (2011), 448 strani.
  • Berthold Rittberger, Building Europe's Parliament: Democratic Representation Beyond the Nation State , OUP Oxford (2007), 256 strani.
  • Philipp Kiiver, The National Parliaments in the European Union: A Critical View on EU Constitution-Building (European Monographs), Kluwer Law International (2006), 232 strani.

4. Intended learning outcomes

The student will be qualified for independent critical analysis of the political action of the EU. Knowledge of policy formulation, leading in particular to the binding legal guidelines, is important from the perspective of the workers in the work places in national and international areas. Knowledge of the policy will also help the student to understand the economic and social policies and other topics related to European and international space.
Consequently, the student is capable of autonomously summarising and analysing the results of the negotiations, discussion and formulation of the legal-political consequences of the EU institutions. He (she) will also be able to shape the design of present practices and expected practices in the EU.

5. Learning and teaching methods

Individual study for exam.

6. Assessment

written exam - 100%