Tue, Feb 25

POL 307-800, European Politics
Spring 2020 | warkentin.xyz/307



Application questions (138)

  1. Why doesn't the EU adopt a purely parliamentary style of government, in which an elected parliament selects a prime minister and cabinet? Who would object to such an arrangement?
  2. Do you agree that the EU has a "democratic deficit"? What could theoretically and/or realistically be done to make the EU more democratic?
  3. From your understanding of EU institutions, can you give several examples of how the tensions between inter-governmentalism and supranationalism play out?

Further analysis

  1. How does the EU's portrayal of this body compare to Kubicek's? What are the most notable differences between the two?
  2. What are the key strengths and weaknesses of this body in terms of (a) European politics and (b) national politics? Be specific.
  3. Would you characterize this body as more supranational than intergovernmental, or vice versa? On what do you base your answer?
  4. What changes would you propose to improve this body, and why? How realistic are your proposals, and why might this matter?
  5. How would you describe this body and its functions to someone who was unfamiliar with its workings (but familiar with the EU)?