Theories of Integration


It is intended that students acquire and deepen:
a) Knowledge on the basic concepts of the various theoretical models for regional integration;
b) Ability to analyse according to the various theories of integration: federalism, functionalism, intergovernmentalism, neo-functionalism.
c) Ability to analyse according to the various theories of \"governance\": institutionalism, epistemic communities, \"multilevel governance\"; \"supranational governance.\"

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Isabel dos Santos Figueiredo Pinto


Weekly - 3

Total - 280

Teaching language



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-Cini, Michele (Ed.) (2006) European Union Politics. (2ª ed), Oxford: Oxford University Press.
-Nelson B. & Stubb A. (2003) The European Union: Readings on the Theory and Practice of European Integration (3ª ed), Londres: Lynne Rienner.
-Rosamond, B. (2000) Theories of European Integration. Londres: Macmillan Press.
-Wiener, A. & Diez, T. (2003) European Integration Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Teaching method

Lectures on the programs topics; practical component on the presentation and discussion of texts.

Evaluation method

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Subject matter

I. Introductory Concepts
a) Theoretical models of regional integration
b) Regional integration processes
II.Theoretical models of European integration
a) Political and ideological evolution of European unity
b) Federalism
c) Functionalism
d) Intergovernmentalism
III.Theoretical models of European Governance
a) Institutionalism
b) Multilevel governance
c) Epistemic Communities; Policy Networks


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