- EU Policymaking & New Global Challenges (1.5 credits, short course)
This course explores the process of EU policy-making - how and why certain public policies are pursued by the institutions of the European Union - and analyses what the Union is doing to address a number of major policy challenges in today's interdependent world. After providing a general introduction to the overall policy process in the EU - looking at how policies are born, adopted, enacted, implemented and reviewed - this term's course will examine the specific policy agenda of the current European Commission (2019-24), led by Ursula von der Leyen, and do a 'deep dive' into EU action in three areas: the fight against climate change, the development of a 'digital Europe', and the EU response to the on-going coronavirus crisis. It will identify the key characteristics of these policies, assess how far they are succeeding or failing, and ask what they show about the evolving EU political system. The course will round off with an assessment of the growing emphasis on strategic foresight in the EU policy-making and identify new policies that are likely to be developed in coming years. Taught from a practitioner perspective by Anthony Teasdale, Director General of the European Parliament's research service, the course aims to provide a firm grounding in modern EU policy and should appeal to those interested both in EU politics and in the individual policy issues under discussion.
- Professor Teasdale is not scheduled to teach any courses this semester.
Anthony Teasdale is Director General of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), the in-house research center and think tank of the European Parliament in Brussels, and Visiting Professor in Practice at the European Institute of the London School of Economics (LSE). The 300-strong research service which he heads is the second largest body of its kind internationally, after the Congressional Research Service in Washington DC.
Teasdale has served as Special Advisor (senior political advisor) to a British Foreign Secretary (Sir Geoffrey Howe) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and to a Chancellor of the Exchequer (Kenneth Clarke) at HM Treasury in London, as well as working in the general secretariats of both the EU Council of Ministers (Ecofin Council) and the European Parliament in Brussels.
From 2002 to 2006, Teasdale was Head of Policy Strategy and Legislative Planning for the center-right EPP Group in the European Parliament. From 2007 to 2012, he worked in the private offices of successive Presidents of the European Parliament - Hans-Gert Poettering and Jerzy Buzek - before becoming Director for EU Internal Policies in the Parliament's administration in 2012 and taking up his current post the following year.
Teasdale has also been a Research Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University and Lecturer in Politics at Corpus Christi and Magdalen Colleges, Oxford University, as well as his more recent visiting roles at Columbia University and the LSE.
- M.Phil in Politics, University of Oxford
- BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), University of Oxford
- The Penguin Companion to European Union (Penguin Books, fourth edition, 2012).
- Articles in Political Quarterly, Government and Opposition, Electoral Studies and the Journal of Common Market Studies.