Montesquieu Institute: from science to society

Masterclass 2009 'Two-way Traffic'

From February until June 2009 the Montesquieu Institute organised its second Masterclass:

'Two way traffic. The interaction between EU policy makers and lower government levels'

The question ' In what way are local and regional interests being looked after in the European Union?' was the main focus of the series of lectures. The Masterclass will end with the graduation ceremony on 19 June at the Dutch Senate.

Below you will find a description of the Masterclas subject and a link to this year's programme. In 2010 a new edition of the Montesquieu Institute Masterclass will be organised. Information about the new Masterclass can be found here.

Contents

1.

Description

The influence of the European Union on the policies of lower governments should not be underestimated. Therefore the co-operation between municipalities, provinces and regions is essential for the ability to affect European policy from a lower government level. Due to these conditions a colourful patchwork of common and conflicting interests is created.

In twelve lectures the students gain insight in the complex relationship between the lower governments and their national and European counterparts from a multidisciplinary perspective. Each lecture is given by an expert from the scientific world and/or daily political practice. Such an approach results in a balanced mix of science and practice. During the second half of the Masterclass programme the group will go on a day-trip to Brussels.

During this Masterclass the administrative, political, legal and historical aspects of the subject will be considered. Therefore, students may need to read up on certain fields. To conclude the Masterclass the students will write a paper. When the paper is rated sufficiently students get a diploma signed by the participating universities (Groningen, Leiden, Maastricht and Nijmegen).

The program of the Masterclass has been developed in cooperation with the Association of Netherlands Municipalities.

2.

Participation

Students at Dutch universities and vocational schools studying Public Administration, Political Science, Law, History or European Studies are eligeble for participating in the Masterclass.

The students of the Masterclass 2009:

 
Masterclass studenten 2009

3.

Programme

Click here for the complete program of the Masterclass including all topics and descriptions.

 

Application:

15 November 2008 - 19 January 2009

Introductory meeting:

30 January 2009 at the location of the Montesquieu Institute, Lange Voorhout 86, The Hague

Lectures:

Fridays from 9.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. (lunch included)

Location:

Campus Den Haag, Lange Voorhout 44, The Hague

Day-trip Brussels:

3 April 2009 (entire day)

Graduation ceremony:

19 June 2009

Language of communication:

English

 

Dates:

February

6

13

20

27

March

6

13

20

 

April

3

17

24

 

May

8

15

29

 

Want to know more about subnational co-operation initiatives? Visit the following websites:

Information on the first Masterclass by the Montesquieu Institute, 'Behind the Scenes of the European Union', can be found here.