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Comparative federalism Europe, U.S.A., Canada
POLI - O507

I. Informations générales
Intitulé de l'unité d'enseignement * Comparative federalism Europe, U.S.A., Canada
Langue d'enseignement * Enseigné en anglais
Niveau du cadre de certification * Niveau 7 (2e cycle-MA/MC/MA60)
Discipline * Sciences politiques
Titulaire(s) * [y inclus le coordonnateur]
II. Place de l'enseignement
Unité(s) d'enseignement co-requise(s) *
Unité(s) d'enseignement pré-requise(s) *
Connaissances et compétences pré-requises *
Programme(s) d'études comprenant l'unité d'enseignement - CEPULB - Conseil de l'Éducation Permanente de l'Université Libre de Bruxelles (5 crédits, obligatoire)
III. Objectifs et méthodologies
Contribution de l'unité d'enseignement au profil d'enseignement *
Objectifs de l'unité d'enseignement (et/ou acquis d'apprentissages spécifiques) *

Despite the mishaps of some of its real-life incarnations, the "federal idea" often summarised by the slogan "unity within diversity" is increasingly presented as the most effective way of maintaining a degree of territorial and social cohesion in a state-like structure, without the disadvantages of forced homogeneity. Nearly 40 % of the world population lives in a federal country. The European Union, Canada and the United States of America represent three historic efforts, in the words of The Federalist Papers, to create complex political institutions by "reason and choice" rather than by "accident and force" (though many in these countries would deny this !) This course engages in comparative analysis of a number of federal regimes, including the US, Canada and various European federations (the later in the context of the EU integration). Consideration of the federal dimensions of the EU will also be canvassed. The approach to the course will be primarily institutional, though historical developments, normative discourse and political debates will also be covered. We will be concerned with the emergence of the federal or neo-federal systems, the institutional "architecture" of these systems, the patterns of interaction between federal partners. We will also address the issue of policy-making and policy-implementation in a federal context.

Contenu de l'unité d'enseignement *

The course starts with a reflexion of the methodology of comparative law, as well as with the variety of institutional designs. The approach to the course is primarily institutional, though historical developments, normative discourse and political debates will also be covered.

Méthodes d'enseignement et activités d'apprentissages *

This is a seminar course, and the method is largely participative. Students are expected to have read the material prior to class and to be ready for discussion.


Support(s) de cours indispensable(s) *
Autres supports de cours

Almost all documents are available through the Virtual University and some PPT

Références, bibliographie et lectures recommandées *

Documents available through the internet or the Virtual University. A detailed course outline and bibliography will be provided at the beginning of the course.

IV. Evaluation
Méthode(s) d'évaluation *

To be determined (a written paper, an open-book written exam, a group assignment or an oral exam, depending on the number of students)

Construction de la note (en ce compris, la pondération des notes partielles) *
Langue d'évaluation *


V. Organisation pratique
Institution organisatrice * ULB
Faculté gestionnaire * Institut Etudes Européennes
Quadrimestre * Deuxième quadrimestre (NRE : 20451)
Horaire * Deuxième quadrimestre
Volume horaire
VI. Coordination pédagogique
Contact * (please put "Comparative federalism – IEE" in object of message) (0)2 650 4819 Office H. 3118 (by appointment only) Secretariat: Ms Nadia SERONT Office: H.3 116 Phone: (02) 650 3968

Lieu d’enseignement *
VII. Autres informations relatives à l’unité d’enseignement

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