The European Union and the Politicization of Europe (Fifth Edition)

14 – 15 October 2016

4* Savoia Hotel Regency, Bologna, Italy


Call for Panels and Papers

Deadline for Paper Proposals: 9 September 2016

Is the EU becoming an increasingly politicized entity? Is the on-going politicization of Europe a structured or a messy one? Do political parties within the European Parliament act in a manner that strengthens the view of the EU as an articulate political system? Are there efficient ways for addressing the democratic deficit issue? Can we find usable indicators for detecting an emerging European demos and a European civil society? Does a Europeanization of the masses take place or the EU remains a genuinely elitist project? Did the Lisbon Treaty introduced significant changes regarding the challenges facing the EU? Can we see any robust improvements in the accountability of the EU decision making processes? Are there alternative ways of looking at the politicization processes and redistributive policies inside the EU?
These are only few of the large number of questions that unfold when researchers or practitioners look at the EU. It is the aim of the Fifth International Conference ‘The European Union and the Politicization of Europe’ to address in a constructive manner such questions and to offer o platform for dissemination of research results or puzzles that can contribute to a better understanding of the on-going process of politicization within the European Union.

New Panels


Thinking Europe: Philosophy, Autonomy and Culture
The Eurozone Crisis. Transformative Impact on the European Project and Model(s) of Capitalism
The Persistence of the Democratic Deficit in the European Union
Urban Transformations, Transition and Change in European Urban Image Construction
Art As Cultural Diplomacy: : (Re)Constructing Notions of Eastern and Western Europe


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