Devolution and the Politics of Territory in the EU

Department of Political Science and International Studies, School of Government and Society

College of Social Sciences


Code 18287

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 1+2

Module description

Throughout the Member States of the European Union, regional governments are increasingly finding new opportunities to participate in policy-making and implementation. In part this reflects the changing institutional structure of the EU itself, but it also reflects the changing nature of the relationship between the nation-state and its constituent parts. The form of intergovernmental relations between actors is evolving, not least in response to changing ideas on what constitutes `good governance¿. This module examines the territorial impact of adaptation at the supranational and national levels on regional level actors. This examination draws on the current debate within the UK, where national pressures for devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and the English regions have impacted on interaction between the central government, the European level and the regional bodies. Comparative lessons for the UK will be drawn by considering the range of territorial structures in other countries such as Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain and Austria. The overall implications of the growing move to devolution and regionalism will be brought together in assessing the future shape of the EU and the role of regions as multilevel governance actors within it.

Teaching and learning methods

These courses are taught by a combination of lectures, classes and directed reading.

This module is available as:
Autumn term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Spring term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Whole Year 20 credit unit – Presentation (10%), 3,000 word summative essay 40% and 4,000 summative essay (50%).