Call for papers /DEADLINE 8th April 2019
"The EU paradigm in crisis? Ideas, leadership and the search of a new référentiel for Europe"
Monday, 20th of May 2019 - European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science
The European Union is experiencing a transversal crisis that is eroding the original shared vision of the European project. Brexit and a growing dissatisfaction among European citizens, which is in turn exploited by challenger parties, constitute the most evident manifestation of an economic, social, and structural crisis. This malaise is in turn exacerbated by the inability of the EU to better focus on the needs of those left behind by processes of economic growth, with increasing levels of inequalities, youth dissatisfaction, and dangerous anti-liberal trends.
These phenomena in turn challenge current theoretical approaches in European political economy. These approaches have so far privileged a conceptual lens focused on interests as determinants of political and institutional change rather than emphasizing ideas, identities, and normative principles. At a time in which the very core of the European project faces criticism, a better analysis of the role of ideas can improve our understanding of the current and future direction of the EU.
The aim of this research workshop is to advance a common reflection on the current state of ideational research in the field of EU political economy and to develop new theoretical and methodological approaches that can complement those based on vested interests. In this respect, it is of particular importance to analyse whether and how ideas act as tools of coalition building tools for diverging interests, the importance of political leadership in promoting specific ideas and, ultimately, the role of ideas as référentiel, namely a repertoire defining policies, institutions, and legitimacy of actors.
The research workshop will bring together a multidisciplinary group of established scholars, early career researchers, and doctoral students who study the impact of ideas on policy-making and political outcomes. It will provide a "thinking space" to share theoretical and empirical research and to discuss potential avenues of collaboration.
Confirmed participants include: Prof. Michelle Cini (University of Bristol); Prof. Kevin Featherstone (European Institute, LSE); Prof. Nicolas Jabko (John Hopkins University); Prof. Piers Ludlow (LSE); Prof. Claudio Radaelli (UCL); Prof. Mark Thatcher (LUISS University).
We invite participation in this workshop. Please note that capacity is limited. To register your interest, please send an extended abstract of maximum 400 words, including a short paragraph stating why you would like to attend this workshop. Send your abstract to Marina Cino Pagliarello, firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 8th of April. Accepted papers will be notified by mid-April.
The event is supported by the ESRC and the European Institute, London School of Economics. The attendance of the workshop (including lunch and coffee breaks) is free but travel costs and accommodation are not supported.
Venue: European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science
Organiser: Dr. Marina Cino Pagliarello, ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellow, European Institute, LSE; email@example.com
10.00: Opening remarks & Welcome (Prof. Simon Glendinning, head of the European Institute)
10.10 -11.15: Roundtable: Where do we stand with the study of ideas in European Political Economy?
11.15-11.30: Coffee break
11.45-13.15: Panel 1 - Ideas as coalition building tools for diverging interests
13.15-14.00: Buffet lunch
14-15.30: Panel 2 - Ideas, leadership and the role of ideational entrepreneurs
15.30 -17.00: Panel 3 - The role of ideas as référentiel
17.00- 17.15: Coffee break
17.15 - 18.00: Summing up: where do we go from here?