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Masterclass: Policy Laboratory - Determining a 'fair' contribution to the European Union, Den Haag

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datum 1 februari 2013 - 17 mei 2013
plaats Den Haag
organisatie Montesquieu Instituut (MI)

A recurring topic in Dutch politics and society is ‘how much the EU benefits us and how much it costs’. Some parties claim that political leaders should negotiate a lower annual contribution, others emphasize the gains for our economy and society. The diversity of facts and arguments involved in the political calculus about EU contribution is the central theme of the Masterclass 2013. More specifically, we ask the question: How can the Netherlands achieve a fair contribution to the EU? The two key concepts in this question will be addressed systematically: first, what is a ‘fair’ contribution, and second, how can it be achieved?

The Masterclass 2013

These two questions not only are important in building support for the Dutch position in the EU today, they also require historical, legal, economic and political analysis. The Masterclass combines these two elements of analysis and designing possible solutions in a ‘policy laboratory’.

Structure of the course

The MI Masterclass will be divided into two stages.

During the first one, the students will meet policy experts and practitioners from organised interests. The professionals will present their views on the theme of the course and share insights on strategies for policy lobbying.

In the second stage, the students will be allocated to small groups and each team will assume the role of a different policy entrepreneur. The individual teams will conduct analyses of existing positions on the main question, and consequently drafts designs for a policy as a response to the question. They will regularly discuss their work with the other teams and be guided by the MI staff.

Finally, each team will prepare a Policy Paper.

Participants and fee

A maximum of 15 students enrolled in Master programmes or recent graduates in the fields of Public Administration, Political Science, EU/ European Studies, International Studies, Economics, Law (in particular Public Law/ State and Administrative Law/ European Law), (Modern) History, and Media and Communication Science.


Please submit the following documents:

  • 1. 
    Short CV (max. 1 page)
  • 2. 
    Proof of enrolment in a Master’s programme in the above mentioned fields (or a Master's diploma if you have already graduated)
  • 3. 
    Application letter* (max. 800 words)

*The application letter should address the following four questions:

  • What is your motivation for applying to the MI Policy Lab?
  • Given your academic background, how can you use your knowledge in the course?
  • How will you be able to contribute as a member of a team?
  • What do you think you can learn from the Policy Lab?

The application period is now open. If you want to apply, please, click on this link to the Montesquieu Institute - Campus The Hague website.

More information

If you have more questions about the Masterclass, please send an e-mail to info@mi-cdh.nl


Montesquieu Instituut (MI)

Het Montesquieu Instituut is een multidisciplinair onderzoeks- en onderwijsinstituut op het snijvlak van democratie, politiek en parlementaire besluitvorming in Nederland én Europa.

Het instituut werkt samen met andere wetenschappelijke instellingen in Nederland en Europa en streeft ernaar om de beschikbare kennis op dit terrein tijdig en hanteerbaar onder handbereik van ambtenaren, bestuurders, journalisten, politici, wetenschappers én belangstellende burgers te brengen.


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