Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3081: Markets, Regulation and Europeanisation

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The origins and development of European integration

The separation of 'politics' from 'economics' in Europe in the 1950s and its long-term consequences

Representation in Europe: territory and citizens

The community of Courts

The Classic Community Method

The joint decision trap

The political economy of the Eurozone


The European regulatory state

The US regulatory state and its European counterpart

The growth of regulation in Europe

Harmonization: legal technique or political device?

The role of merger regulation and competition policy

The paradoxes of the single markets in the utilities: audio-visual markets, telecoms, public transport, post

The uneasy case for tax harmonisation

The single market as challenge to the welfare state

The role of the EU in international trade

Neo-liberal Europe or 'dirigiste' Europe?

Markets without democracy?


The political economy of governing markets and money

The political economy of "Eurolegalism"

Current issues in competition policy

The balance of competences review in the UK

The legitimacy and contestation of the single market

New modes of governance

The contribution of regulatory impact assessment

Democratic theories and single market governance



Concepts, definition, field

Explaining Europeanization "Classic" research designs and "Alternative" research designs

Methods and findings in different types of designs

What has the single market delivered?

What do citizens want from Europeanization?

The future of the UK in a changing Europe

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities4422 x 2 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study88Preparing for seminars: Reading and research
Guided Independent Study168Completing assessment tasks: Reading, research and writing

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).