Collective action in the European Union


The purpose of this class is to provide students with various tools to analyse how the relations between administrations and organised groups have evolved as a result of European integration. It provides an up-to-date overview of the debates taking place in the fields of European studies and of the sociology of public action, and specifies their scopes and implications for students who intend to pursue a profession related to European integration. Particular focus is placed on professional groups whose contours and activities are called into question by European standards.

More specifically, we will examine the nature and conditions of their involvement, as well as the tensions between national and European administrations. Three different interpretive keys are successively presented and each is used to examine delimited case studies. The examples covered are diverse but they allow for an integrated reflection and all lend themselves to general analyses.

Form of assessment

The number of ECTS credits and the assessment methods are likely to be different for students in credit exchange programmes.


  • Campana A., Henry E., Rowell J., « L’Union européenne : espace de réinvestissement de la problématique de la construction des problèmes », in Campana A., Henry E., Rowell J. (dir.), La construction des problèmes publics en Europe. Émergence, formulation et mise en instrument, Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg, 2007.
  • Falkner G., « Collective Participation in the European Union: The Euro-Corporatism Debate », in Crouch C. & Streeck W., The Diversity of Democracy: Corporatism, Social Order And Political Conflict, Londres, Edward Elgar, 2006.
  • Michel H., « Le syndicalisme dans la "gouvernance" européenne. Formes de représentation et pratiques de défense des intérêts sociaux en questions », Politique européenne, n°27, p. 129-15, 2009.
  • Palier B., Surel Y. & al., « Analyser l’européanisation des politiques publiques », in Palier B. & Surel Y. (dir.), L’ Europe en action. L’ européanisation dans une perspective comparée, Paris, L’Harmattan, 2007.
  • Radaelli C., « Logiques de pouvoir et "récits" dans les politiques publiques de l’Union européenne », Revue française de science politique, p. 255-275, 2000.

In brief

Year Fourth year

Teaching languageFrench

Teaching term Six-monthly

ECTS credits 2.0

Number of hours 18.0

Teaching activityLecture course

ValidationFinal written examination

Mandatory teaching

Open to exchange students



Educational manager :
Roger Antoine [+]