503 European Union as IO


The readings this week apply different theoretical perspectives to analyze the European Union as a regional IO. For example, in the articles, we read about rationalism, social constructivism, multi-level governance, enforcement and management theory, and more. In addition, the lesson notes discuss intergovernmentalism, supranationalism, and veto player theory. Which theoretical perspective(s) do you find the most persuasive and why when it comes to analyzing EU policymaking? Which is the least persuasive and why? Please incorporate specific examples to support your arguments.

Instructions: Your initial post should be at least 500 words.


Checkel, Jeffrey T. 2005. “International Institutions and Socialization in Europe: Introduction and Framework.” International Organization 59(4): 801-826.


Pollack, Mark. 2005. “Theorizing the European Union.” Annual Review of Political Science, 8: 357-398.


Redmond, John. 2007. “Turkey and the European Union: Troubled European or European Trouble.” International Affairs 83(2): 305-317.


Tallberg, Jonas. 2002. “Paths to Compliance: Enforcement, Management, and the European Union.” International Organization 56(3): 609-643.


European Union, Treaty Establishing European Constitution, Online at


[see TITLE VI: Democratic Life of the Union]

EU Institutions and Other Bodies


The European Parliament