The following plenary and semi-plenary sessions are open to the public after an online registration :
JEPP Keynote Lecture with Professor Catherine de Vries on “Euroscepticism and the Future of European Integration”
(June 14th 2018, 6.15 pm – 8.00 pm, Amphi Boutmy, 27SG)
The European Union is facing turbulent times. It is plagued by deep divisions over how to shape its future. Over half a century of integration has created a profound interconnectedness between the political, economic, and social fates of member states. At the same time, however, the fortunes of member states have started to diverge dramatically.
As a result, the political fault lines are widening. Today, they crosscut the continent from North to South on the economy and austerity, and from East to West on migration and human rights. What are the effects of these development on public opinion? By presenting a wealth of empirical evidence, this lecture provides an overview of the contours of public opinion. Moreover, it discusses how it matters for behaviour in elections and how it shapes possible reform of the European Union in the future. More information and registration
Plenary Roundtable “Whither European integration – Addressing EU internal and external challenges”
(June 13th 2018, 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm, Amphi Chapsal, 27SG)
Since Aesop’s fable “the Four Oxens and the Lion,” the idea that there is strength in numbers is common sense. This is also a leitmotiv in many discourses on European integration, notably in idea that the European states needs to “speak with one voice” in global settings, that some issues such as the environment are best dealt through cross-state cooperation to avoid a “tragedy of the commons”, or that de jure “unity in diversity” is a positive sum game. EU scholars have long exposed a much more complex reality: 1/ Legally– Differentiated political integration is a historical fact: “à la carte” Schengen, euro opt-outs, multi-speed Europe after enlargement. Socioeconomically, disparities among member states and their populations remain high despite common policy frameworks and anti-EU parties exploit the notion that only some Europeans benefit from integration processes. 2/ Diplomatically – Member states sometimes sing different tunes just as in the Eurovision contest. We have observed it in 2018 with the debate on the GAFAM and proposals to tax the US IT giants. Concomitantly, there has been resistance from EU subnational and/or civil society actors to EU agreements with third states with the CETA or with Turkey regarding migration. The question is thus how to best address external challenges given tensions and contradictions within the EU. More information and registration
LIEPP Roundtable “Europe in Political Turmoil. Explaining Party Politics and Electoral Dynamics in European Welfare Democracies”
(June 15th 2018, 2.15 pm – 4.15 pm, Amphi Chapsal, 27SG)
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. More information and registration
Semi-Plenary Roundtable “Brexit: Where are we, and where are we headed”
(June 15th 2018, 2.15 pm – 4.15 pm, Amphi Leroy-Beaulieu, 27SG)
The session will consider the state of the Brexit process both in terms of negotiations between the UK and the EU and within the UK itself. Panellists will go on to speculate as to how this process might unfold and with what consequences. More information and registration
The scheduled full programme is accessible by clicking on the following links.
Academic Programme – Section List