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Council of European Studies Research Network

European Integration and the Global Political Economy: New Directions

The network has a dual focus.

  • It will in particular analyse the extent to which the EU impacts (directly or indirectly) on-going reform dynamics in a post-crisis context (supporting them or conversely, pushing in the opposite direction), focusing on the areas of economic policy and competitiveness, financial regulation, internal market, employment and labor market policy, research and development policy, climate change and energy policy, education policy and social policy, including health care and pensions. It examines the ideational and strategic influence of the EU on key actors in these policy areas, and how they impact countries with differing institutional legacies and contexts.

  • It also focuses on governance and decision-making through the Lisbon Treaty in the above areas, and how these relate to issues of popular legitimacy in the EU. In this regard, the network also explores the inherent contradictions and changing power relations of European integration.

This dual focus will be contextualized with analyses of developments in the global political economy. Furthermore, the remit of the network will be expanded over time, in line with contemporary developments in the EU and the global political economy.

This comprehensive focus on post-crisis policy strategies requires an analysis of developments across different policy fields. A network of scholars presenting and discussing their respective research in different areas which impact on policy and governance would be an optimal way to facilitate co-operation for understanding the implications of the post-crisis theoretically and empirically, in terms of policies and outcomes. Furthermore, the diversity of modes of implementation, of institution-building, and of the effects of various legislative, programmatic and other changes that arise in the post-crisis era may have dissimilar impacts on different policy regimes. The analysis of post-crisis policy and governance should look at both the EU and national levels, be comparative, and span different EU countries, all the while situating these developments in the global political economic context. Special attention will also be paid to methodological issues. It aims to gather scholars from Europe and the US, as well as junior and senior scholars.

How do I Join the Network?
We welcome scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including law and sociology as well as political science and international relations. Please contact Laura Horn, Associate Professor, Roskilde University ( if you are interested in joining the network.

Claes Belfrage, Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London (Chair)

Caroline de la Porte, Associate Professor, University of Southern Denmark (Chair)

Vivien Schmidt, Professor, Boston University Research (Co-ordinator)

Laura Horn,, Associate Professor, Roskilde University (Secretary and Network Liaison Officer)

Scott Greer, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan (Network Liaison Officer)

See also
Network announcement on the website of the Council for European Studies.

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Last Updated 26.08.2019