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Dissertation Guide on International Organisations (i.e. EU)

| October 12, 2012

The purpose of this dissertation is to highlight the main aspects of the debate between federalism and intergovernmentalism in terms of European integration.

 

Subject: International Organizations

Topic: The European Union – does it work? The failures of EU federalism

Abstract: The purpose of this dissertation is to highlight the main aspects of the debate between federalism and intergovernmentalism in terms of European integration. Several reasons for the failures of federalism will be proposed and they will be traced through key areas such as institutionalism, enlargement and Common Foreign and Security Policy.

Introduction: In this section go through the history of European integration from the Coal and Steel Community to the Lisbon Treaty. Highlight the most important treaties/

developments/agreements and their importance to EU federalism. Introduce the topic, the structure of the dissertation and highlight the rationale behind its choice.

Research Aims and Objectives: This paper will assess the strengths/weaknesses of EU federalism, and its feasibility as a mode of European economic and political integration

Research question: This dissertation will argue that despite the initial attempts to construct a federal European Union, the structure of the EU remains highly intergovernmental.

Literature Review – apart from key literature, for this topic you will have to consider main theories of EU integration – federalism, intergovernmentalism, transactionalism, consociationalsim, you will need to place your observations in a particular theoretical framework

Methodology – qualitative method; analysis of secondary materials

Focus on the reform and work of key institutions such as Council of Ministers and the European Commission. Explore their feasibility/competence/decision-making powers in security and enlargement issues

Presentation of Data – Depending on findings

Conclusion – summarize findings and make recommendations for the future of EU. Identify topics, which are related to yours, but you could not cover in this dissertation.

 

Appendix I – Recommended readings by topic 

Kelemen, D.R. (2005). “Build to last? The Durability of EU Federalism”, Memo prepared for conference on the 2007 volume of the EU Studies Association’s:

State of the European Union (OxfordUniversity Press). Princeton University, September 2005.

Available at: http://www.princeton.edu/~smeunier/Kelemen%20Memo.pdf

Accessed: [28.06.09]

Mearshimer, J. (2001) The Tragedy of Great Power Politics. Norton, New York and London

Moravcsik, A. (1998) The Choice for Europe: Social Purpose and State Power from Messina to Maastricht. Cornell University Press, London/New York

 

Nugent, N. (2006) The Government and Politics of the European Union. 6th ed, Palgrave Macmillian

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