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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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