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Europe at a Crossroads | UACES Student Forum Conference 2017

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“A fascinating and challenging debate” – Chi Onwurah MP On 3-4 July 2017, thirty postgraduate and early career researchers gathered at the Newcastle University Politics Department to hear and discuss each other’s work on the current challenges facing Europe, the historical developments which have led to these challenges, and perspectives on the EU’s future. The […]

The European Parliament in the New Europe: Institutional Power and Policy Influence?

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King’s College London | 26 May 2017 View photos on Flickr (high quality) | View photos on Facebook Is the European Parliament (EP) an influential actor in the more intergovernmental, politicized and contested Union? How have the crises of the EU impacted its decision-making process and the role of the EP within it? To what […]

JCMS Annual Review Lecture 2016

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‘How much Europe’, asked Tanja Börzel in the JCMS Annual Review lecture, ‘is necessary for effective and legitimate governance in Europe amid enduring crises?’ In her insightful and wide ranging diagnosis of the challenges facing the European Union, Tanja Börzel argued to an audience of scholars, students and policy-makers at Europe House in London that […]

Crisis and Innovation in the European Union: Beyond Populism and Managerialism

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UACES supported the organisation of two interdisciplinary workshops on Crisis and Innovation in the European Union: Beyond Populism and Managerialism at Warwick Law School. The British Academy and the Society of Legal Scholars provided additional financial support. The workshop on the 13 May 2016 brought together experts working on institutional corruption, financial regulation, internal market […]

Brexit: Europe’s Awkward Questions about its Awkward Partner

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A UK in-out referendum will soon be upon us. How the rest of the EU responds will be crucial to shaping the outcome in the UK and shaping the future of Europe.

EU Member State Building in the Western Balkans

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In this article, Soeren Keil looks at the EU’s more active role in the process of state (and nation) building in the countries of the former Yugoslavia. He argues that the EU’s technical approach to highly political issues has led to misconceptions between the EU and elites in these countries, and has in turn alienated citizens. He lastly offers some ideas as to how the EU might change its approach to enlargement to meet these challenges.

‘Nobody falls in love with a Common Market’: Why Cross-border Interactions Don’t Always Foster European Identity

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The idea to promote familiarity, mutual trust, a collective European identity and support for European integration by giving citizens the possibility to interact across borders is at the heart of a wide array of EU policies, such as the Erasmus student exchange or town twinning projects. This idea goes back to Karl W. Deutsch’s transactionalist […]

The europeanisation of euroscepticism?

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Academics studying the EU should be the real eurosceptics. Not only can we translate the greek word skepsis as “enquiry”, modern science owes much to philosophical and methodological scepticism. However, it seems that academics interested in the EU have struggled to come to grips with a the phenomenon of political euroscepticism which appears to be quite a different thing compared the philosophical notions of skepticism.

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