ECPR-SGEU Conference "Contradictions - Whither the Political, Economic and Social Integration of Europe?"

Sciences Po, Paris, June 13th - 15th 2018
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On behalf of the Sciences Po’s Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics and  Laboratory for the Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies, convenors of the 9th Conference of SGEU-ECPR, we are delighted to welcome you to participate in this important scientific event. The conference theme is :

Contradictions – Whither the Political, Economic and Social Integration of Europe?

For some years, pundits have said that the European Union has been under stress and showing resilience, undergoing ‘crises’ requiring adaptation. Social scientists are trying to understand how current political tensions and policy contradictions affect the European project now that the ‘permissive consensus’ has come to an end, and the EU post-Lisbon ‘constitutional compromise’ looks fragile.

Scholars have been reflecting on the state of European integration with a diachronic perspective based on empirical work or theoretical endeavours. They shed light on the EU as a set of institutions and policies with elites and interest groups embedded in a wider international context. Analysis of the EU as a source of political cleavage are key to understanding populism, party realignment, territorial tensions in many member states, against the backdrop of inequalities within and across member states.

This conference will address the complex relationship between socioeconomic dynamics and EU developments, to understand the bases of political integration and its potential effects. Are the terms ‘European society’ or ‘European economy’ constructs reflecting an empirical reality and can they be linked to EU policies? In this era of ‘lost illusions’, our Paris meeting will also engage with debates in political, legal and social theory around key concepts including democracy, the rule of law, and legitimacy.

Friday, June 15th 2018, 02.15 pm - 04.15 pm
LIEPP roundatble open to the public
Europe in Political Turmoil. Explaining Party Politics and Electoral Dynamics in European Welfare Democracies with the authors of the book Welfare Democracies & Party Politics (Oxford University Press). Registration

Other plenary and semi-plenary sessions open to the public after an online registration:

Wednesday, June 13th 2018, 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Roundtable on Whither European integration – Addressing EU internal and external challenges with Renaud Dehousse, Heather Grabbe, Enrico Letta.

Thursday , June 14th 2018, 6.15 pm - 8.00 pm
Keynote Lecture with Prof. Catherine de Vries on Euroscepticism and the Future of European Integration.

Friday, June 15th 2018, 2.15 pm - 4.15 pm
Roundtable on Brexit: Where are we, and where are we headed.

More information can be found on the conference website

The full programme (pdf)


Europe in Political Turmoil

ECPR-SGEU LIEPP Roundtable, June 15th 2018, 2:15 pm - 4:15 pm
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SGEU-ECPR Conference

LIEPP Roundtable

Europe in Political Turmoil.
Explaining Party Politics and Electoral Dynamics in European Welfare Democracies


Friday, June 15th 2018, 2.15 pm – 4.15 pm
Amphitheater CHAPSAL, Sciences Po, 27 rue Saint Guillaume, 75007 Paris

To attend the LIEPP Roundtable, please register here


Europe’s political landscapes are in turmoil, and new radical parties challenge the established political order. The process of European integration is more and more contested politically. This panel, based on a recently published book, locates Europe’s contemporary challenges within the longer economic and political trajectories of its “welfare democracies”. Based on the analysis of the specific structures of political competition and voter-party links in different European democracies, it presents a general understanding of the political and economic turmoil of the last decades. The panel provides an analytical framework that links welfare states to party systems, combining recent contributions to the comparative political economy of the welfare state and insights from party and electoral politics. It states three phenomena. First, concerning electoral politics, it identifies a certain homogenization of European party systems, the emergence of a new combination of leftist socio-economic and rightist socio-cultural positions in many parties, and, finally, the different electoral success of the radical right in the north of Europe and of the radical left in the south. Second, it underlines a confluence toward renewed welfare state support among parties and voters. Third, it demonstrates that the Europeanization of political dynamics, combined with incompatible growth models, has created pronounced European cleavages.


Philip Manow is Professor for Comparative Political Economy at the University of Bremen. He held positions at the University of Konstanz and Heidelberg and was senior researcher at the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. He is currently fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the University of Konstanz. His research focuses on comparative political economy, the German political system, and political theory.

Hanna Schwander is Professor of Public Policy at the Hertie School. Her research is guided by an interest in how post-industrial transformations of welfare states, labor markets and societies affect various aspects of the political life. She obtained her PhD in 2012 from the University of Zurich and joined the Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy (SOCIUM) at the University of Bremen in the same year. She also worked at the European University Institute in Florence, the Department of International Relations and Politics at the University of Oxford, the University of Essen-Duisburg and the University of Zurich. At the University of Zurich, Hanna Schwander led an Ambizione project on women’s political alignment.

Bruno Palier is CNRS Research Director, Sciences Po, Centre d’études européennes and co-director of Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP). He has published numerous articles and books, on welfare state transformation as well as on European social policies. Trained in social science, he has a PhD in Political science and was the scientific coordinator of an European Network of excellence RECWOWE (Reconciling Work and Welfare). He is also a Member of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) Executive Council. His research focuses on welfare reforms in Europe.


Catherine de Vries is a Professor of Politics in the Department of Government at the University of Essex where she also serves as the Director of the Essex Centre for Experimental Social Sciences, and a Professor and Chair of Political Behaviour at the Free University Amsterdam. She is also an associate member of Nuffield College at the University of Oxford.  Over the years, she has published extensively on the most important societal and political problems facing Europe today, such as the ramifications of the Eurozone crisis, the success of extremist parties or political corruption. Her recent monograph Euroscepticism and the Future of European Integration with Oxford University Press provides a systematic account of public opinion towards Europe.

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The political economy of growth: skills, innovation and labour regulation in contemporary capitalism

Seminar with Luigi Burroni (Univ. of Florence), June 12th 2018
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Le LIEPP a le plaisir de vous inviter au séminaire:

The political economy of growth: skills, innovation and labour regulation in contemporary capitalism.

[langue: anglais]

 Mardi 12 juin 2018

Salle de séminaires du LIEPP
254 bvd Saint-Germain, 75 007 Paris

Merci de vous inscrire


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Professeur de sociologie économique et d'économie politiquecomparée à l'Université de Florence

"The political economy of growth: skills, innovation and labour regulation in contemporary capitalism"



Résumé [en anglais]: 

The seminar focuses on pathways of inclusive growth in OECD countries. The first part of the seminar will focus on a comparative analysis of growth models since the beginning of the nineties and emphasizes the importance of productivity and its three key drivers: human capital, innovation and labor market regulation. The second part deals with the logics of action and on policy instruments adopted by public and private actors in each of these three fields in different countries, and on their outcomes in terms of growth and social inclusion. In this part I empasize three main points. First, the study of the relation between productivity and the three above-mentioned drivers shows that it is important to redefine the classical idealtypes of the varieties of capitalism approach: a huge internal variation in liberal, mixed and coordinated market economies emerges when we analyze public and private actions, especially in the fields of innovation and human capital formation. Second, the state - defined not as a single actor but as a constellation of actors that follows different logics, sometimes even in conflict - continues to play an important role not only in terms of regulation but also in the creation of collective goods that directly or indirectly trigger or hinder productivity and growth. This role is characterized by continuity and change: old logics and instruments coexist with new policy tools, and even if new policy goals are emerging the old ones have not disappeared. Third, the state is important, but it is only a part of the complex governance model that regulates human capital formation, innovation and labor market: the role of other public and private actors shall be taken into consideration in order to understand the complexity and the variety of modes of regulation in these fields and their different outcomes in terms of growth and social cohesion. By looking at the interaction among these actors, in which cooperation and conflict coexist, it becomes possible to identify strengths and weaknesses of the different modes of governance and to shed light on some of the reasons behind the trajectories of growth and inclusion in the analyzed countries.



Patrick Le Galès
Directeur de recherche CNRS au Centre d’études européennes et de politique comparée de Sciences Po et professeur à Sciences Po

Tommaso Vitale
Associate Professor de Sociologie au Centre d’études européennes et de politique comparée de Sciences Po 

Can Gender Quotas in Candidate Lists Empower Women?

Seminar on June 13th 2018 12:30 - 14:30
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LIEPP's Discrimination and Social Inequalities Research Group is glad to invite you to attend the seminar :

Can Gender Quotas in Candidate Lists Empower Women? Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design

Manuel Bagues

[language: english]

 Wednesday June 13th 2018

12:30 - 14h:30

(sandwiches will be served) 

LIEPP seminair room - 254, boulevard Saint Germain

Please register here



 Manuel Bagues

 Associate Professor at the Economics department of Aalto University





We provide a comprehensive analysis of the short- and medium-term effects of gender quotas in candidate lists using evidence from local elections in Spain. In the context of a closed list system with proportional representation, quotas were introduced in 2007 in municipalities with more than 5,000 inhabitants, and were extended in 2011 to municipalities with more than 3,000 inhabitants. Using a Regression Discontinuity Design, we find that quotas increased the share of women in candidate lists by around 8 p.p. and among council members by 4 p.p. However, we do no observe within three rounds of elections any significant variation in voting behavior, the quality of politicians, the probability that women reach powerful positions such as party leader or mayor, or in the size and composition of public finances. Overall, our analysis casts doubts on the effectivity of gender quotas in candidate lists and their capability to empower women.