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2018/2019  BA-BEBUO1012U  Political Economy of European States

English Title
Political Economy of European States

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc in European Business
Course coordinator
  • Kevin McGovern - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Main academic disciplines
  • International political economy
  • Political leadership and public management
  • Political Science
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 12-06-2018

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Learning objectives
  • Demonstrate knowledge of institutional and policy diversity in the political economy of selected European states
  • Define a relevant problem based on a policy area taught in the course
  • Critically relate to theories and concepts taught in the course
  • Conduct an independent analysis drawing upon a range of sources
  • Communicate and discuss the results clearly, using appropriate terms and concepts
  • Show awareness of the economic, political and social issues of policy choices
Political Economy of European States:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Individual oral exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 2-3
Size of written product Max. 3 pages
Assignment type Synopsis
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If a student participated in writing a group synopsis but was sick at the time of the oral examination, the re-examination will be based on a resubmission of the original group synopsis.

If a student participated in writing a group synopsis, but did not pass the examination, the student can choose either to resubmit the original group synopsis or to write a new, individual synopsis within a specified time period.
Description of the exam procedure

A period of three weeks is allowed to write the synopsis. Students select a topic based on a policy area within the framework of the course.

Course content and structure

In recent decades Europe has undergone a process of market integration and harmonization in economic governance and the regulation of business. These developments notwithstanding, there exists significant diversity between states in the institutions and policies that frame economic activity. For example, the institutions and policies of macroeconomic governance, labour market regulation and welfare policies, corporate governance and ownership, the regulation and structure of financial markets, and the development of immigration policy.


This course examines the nature and content of such institutional diversity between European states, as well as the economic, historical, political and cultural factors that underpin commonalities and differences in the political economy of European states. With regard to theoretical and empirical approaches, the course builds upon the second semester course ‘Denmark in a comparative perspective’. The theory taught in PEES thereby derives principally from comparative political economy, but supplemented by specific theories, frameworks and concepts relevant to individual policy areas.  Despite significant differences in the range of theoretical perspectives in the course, there is a shared focus on political and economic institutions, and how these affect the organization of economic activity in European states. The course attaches importance to critical reflection on both theories and policy choices, and the economic, political and social implications thereof. Empirically, the course focusses on institutional and policy differences between some of the largest economies in Europe, for example Germany, France, Spain, and the UK, as well as selected countries in Eastern Europe. Policy areas selected will be some of the most important to companies active in these national markets.

Description of the teaching methods
The course consists of a combination of lectures and exercise classes, with the latter organized around student presentations of relevant academic texts, articles and official publications, as well as class discussions of selected topics. Students work collaboratively in the preparation of presentations, assignments and the exam synopsis.
Feedback during the teaching period
Student feedback will occur regularly throughout the course via exercise classes, in which there will be weekly presentations by students as well as set questions on the texts. Written feedback will also be provided when assignments are returned. Students are encouraged to participate fully and engage in two-way communication in exercise classes, and as far as possible lectures too. Students are welcome to take advantage of office hours for a one-to-one dialogue with lecturers.
Student workload
Lectures 24 hours
Classes 22 hours
Preparation for classes 130 hours
Further Information

This Course replaces the Course European Business Diversity (BEBUO1012) in the BSc European Business Programme

Note: This course will be offered for the first time in Autumn 2018

Expected literature

Dermott McCann (2018) Political Economy of 21st Century Europe

Details of further literature will be provided in the course plan at the start of the semester.

Last updated on 12-06-2018