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Agenda-Setting in the European Union
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ASEU - Jean Monnet Module on Agenda-Setting in the European Union

For a problem to become the object of EU decision, it needs to get access to the political agenda in the first place. The political agenda of the EU is thus the set of issues that fall under the attention of citizens, institutions, and policy-makers as problems requiring EU action. How do problems enter (or not) the political agenda of the EU? How do EU institutions, Member States, political parties, interest groups and private actors contribute to setting the agenda of the EU? How does the way a problem access the agenda affect the solutions that are proposed? In what respect, if any, are agenda-setting processes in the EU different from similar processes in other political systems?

The Jean Monnet Module on Agenda-Setting in the EU addresses such questions, focusing on key theoretical and empirical aspects of EU agenda-setting. The module pursues innovative approaches to the study of European integration, combining theoretical and methodological training with the empirical knowledge necessary to understand EU actions. It aims to provide participants with innovative tools to understand the factors driving the rise and fall of policy problems in the EU political agenda, as well as to increase their knowledge of key EU policies. The main impacts will include an increase in participants’ awareness of the EU functioning, and in their capacity to develop a critical understanding of EU politics and public policy.

Coordinator: Marcello Carammia

With the support of the Life Long Learning Programme of the European Union

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Synopsis - Public Lecture by Prof. Michelle Pace

Can the European Union Feel? When Political Psychology Encounters Foreign Policy – public lecture by Professor Michelle Pace at the European Documentation Centre (hosted by the Institute for European Studies, University of Malta)

Joint Policy Study on migration
EuroMeSCo Joint Policy Study 4: Migrants and Refugees. Impact and Policies.  Case Studies of Jorda, Lebanon, Turkey and Greece

Article by Prof. Roderick Pace
EuroMeSCo Policy Brief 65: The Trust Fund for Africa: A Preliminary Assessment

Jean Monnet Occasional Paper Series no. 14
Governance in the EU Member States – Evidence from Three Global Indicators by Professor Lino Briguglio

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