The Third Euroacademia International Conference: The European Union and the Politicization of Europe

The Euroacademia Convention of European Studies
 

The Third Euroacademia International Conference

The European Union and the Politicization of Europe

26 – 27 September 2014

Lisbon, Portugal

 

 

The European Union was described by Jacques Delors as an unidentified political object and by Jose Manuel Barroso as the first non-Imperial empire. The descriptors assigned to the European Union are creative and diverse yet the agreement on what is the actual shape that the EU is taking is by no means an easy one to be achieved. Historical choices shaped and reshaped the size and functioning of the EU while the goal of an emerging ‘ever closer union’ is still in search for the paths of real and not ideal accomplishment. The agreement seems to come when it’s about the growing impact of the decisions taken in Brussels on the daily lives of the European citizens and the increasingly redistributive outcomes of the policy choices inside the EU. These dynamics created the framework for the politicization of Europe and opened a vivid debate about the direction and proportions of such a process.

 

The politicization of Europe takes various shapes and addresses significant puzzles. While it is clear that the EU doesn’t resemble a state it is less clear if the decisions that shape its policies are configured by Pareto efficient outcomes or by dynamics that are intrinsic to a political system and defined by emerging party politics within the European Parliament. The democratic problem or the democratic deficit issue was and continues to be one of the main challenges facing the European Union in any terms or from any position is understood or described. The problem of accountability for the decision making inside the EU was there from the beginning and it emerged gradually as more emphatic on the agenda of vivid debates as the powers of the EU have grown after the Maastricht Treaty. This was concomitant with a growing disenchantment of citizens from member states with politics in general, with debates over the democratic deficits inside member states, with enlargement and with a visible and worrying decrease in voters’ turnouts at both national and especially European elections. The optimist supporters of EU believe in its power to constantly reinvent and reshape while the pessimists see either a persistence of existing problems or a darker scenario that could lead in front of current problems even to the end of the EU as we know it.

 

The Third Euroacademia International Conference ‘The European Union and the Politicization of Europe’ aims to survey some of these current debates and addresses once more the challenges of the EU polity in a context of multiple crises that confronted Europe in recent years. It supports a transformative view that involves balanced weights of optimism and pessimism in a belief that the unfold of current events and the way EU deals with delicate problems will put an increased pressure in the future on matters of accountability and will require some institutional adjustments that address democratic requirements for decision making. However in its present shape and context the EU does not look able to deliver soon appropriate answers to democratic demands. In a neo-functionalist slang we can say as an irony that the actual crisis in the EU legitimacy is a ‘spillover’ effect of institutional choices made some time before. To address the EU’s democratic deficit however is not to be a skeptic and ignore the benefits that came with it but to acknowledge the increasing popular dissatisfaction with ‘occult’ office politics and with the way EU tackles daily problems of public concern while the public is more and more affected by decisions taken at the European level.

 

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 Third Euroacademia 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.

Participant’s Profile

The conference is addressed to academics, researchers and professionals with a particular interest in Europe and European Union from all parts of the world. As the nature of the conference is intended to be multidisciplinary in nature different academic backgrounds are welcomed.

 

Post-graduate students, doctoral candidates and young researchers are welcomed to submit an abstract. Representatives of INGOs, NGOs, Think Tanks and activists willing to present their work with impact on or influenced by specific understandings of the European Union are welcomed as well to submit the abstract of their contribution.

 

Abstracts will be reviewed and the participants are selected based on the proven quality of the abstract. The submitted paper for the conference proceedings is expected to be in accordance with the lines provided in the submitted abstract.

The Registration is Closed

 

The participation fee includes:
  • the registration fee
  • all the materials for the conference
  • eligibility for inclusion in the conference proceedings publications
  • a copy of the electronic volume
  • access to Euroacademia discussion group and newsletters
  • discounted rates for participation in the future Euroacademia conferences
  • coffee brakes with snacks and fruits for all the duration of the conference
  • soft drinks for the whole duration of the conference
  • welcome drink and snacks on 26th of September 2014
  • a 3 course lunch on on 26th of September 2014 at 5* Restaurant Eurostars Das Letras
  • a 3 course lunch on 27st of September 2014 at 5* Restaurant Eurostars Das Letras
  • certificate of attendance
  • access to the optional social program

 

A registration form will be sent to accepted participants that must be filled in and sent to application@euroacademia.eu until 20th of August 2014 and until the 25th of August 2014, the payment of the participation fee through bank transfer is requested and considered as the final confirmation of attendance. No paper will be introduced in the program without confirmation and payment of the participant fee.
 

 

Unfortunately, Euroacademia has no available funds for covering transport and accommodation in Lisbon. Participants are responsible for finding funding to cover transportation and accommodation costs during the whole period of the conference. Official letters can be sent by Euroacademia to the financing institution to confirm the selection and participation in the conference upon request.

Social Activities and Publication

A specific spot in the conference program will be dedicated to social networking and therefore all the participants interested in setting or developing further cooperation agendas and prospects with other participants will have time to present and/or promote their project and express calls for cooperation.

 

A specific setting (Social Corner) for promotional materials connected with the topic of the conference will be reserved for the use of the participants. Books authored or edited by the participants can be exhibited and promoted during the whole period of the conference and can also be presented within the conference package based on prior arrangements.

 

An optional dinner and a social event will be organized for the first and second evening of the conference as optional program for the willing participants. The social dinner will be held based on participant’s confirmation and its costs are to be covered individually by the participants.

 

Publication:

Selected papers will be published in an electronic volume with ISBN after the confirmation of the authors and a double peer-review process based on an agreed publication schedule. All the papers selected for publication should be original and must have not been priory published elsewhere. All participants to the conference will receive a copy of the volume.

Important Dates

 

Important Dates
1st of July 2014 Deadline for submitting Panel Proposals
1st of September 2014 Extended Deadline for Paper Proposals
2nd of September 2014 Last notification of acceptance
4th of September 2014 Sending the Registration Form
8th of September 2014 Payment of the conference fee
10th of September 2014 Sending the draft paper to be uploaded on the web site of the conference
15th of September 2014 Publication of the conference program and uploading the draft papers on the website
26th of September 2014 The conference commences at 9.30 am

Venue and Directions

The conference will take place in the conference premises of the exclusive 5 stars Hotel Eurostars das Letras, centrally located in the heart of Lisbon, easily accessible from the historic center and within a walking distance from all the major tourist attractions. Hotel Eurostars das Letras is a universe of culture and literature. A melting pot of languages and alphabets. A space specially thought out for people who enjoy reading. A hotel that lives and breathes literature. This is the Eurostars Das Letras, possibly the most literary hotel on the whole continent.

Hotel Eurostars das Letras is one of the most rewarding and breakaway novelties that has happened in the last few years by the Tagus estuary. It is a luxury establishment where the secret ingredients of our recipe are blended in perfect proportions: design, top quality comfort, the latest in technological advances and, of course, literature and more literature.

 

Eurostars Das Letras Hotel

Rua Castilho 6-12 – 1250-069 Lisbon Portugal
Tel: + 35 1213 573 094,

email: reservas@eurostarsdasletras.com



 

Flanked by two large, emblematic Lisbon spaces, the Botanical Gardens and the Avenida da Liberdade, the Eurostars Das Letras enjoys a privileged location in the Portuguese capital, exactly at the point where the business city and the tourist and shopping areas meet.
 
An endless assortment of Lisbon attractions are available within walking distance from the main door of the hotel: Praça Marques de Pombal, Santa Justa, Bairro Alto and its cultural and night-time offers, the Chiado and its book stores, the Castle of Sao Jorge, Alfama, Rossío Square, Praça do Comércio, Praça do Municipio, Rua da Prata, Graça, Lapa and even the streets close to the Benfica area.
 
The hotel is surrounded by excellent restaurants and boutiques, such as Hugo Boss, Louis Vuiton or Cartier. By public transport, the hotel is easily accessible from the Airport, Santa Apolonia Station and other emblematic places in the city, like the Belem district or the Parque das Naçoes, with the Estaçao de Oriente designed by Santiago Calatrava or the impressive Oceanarium.



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Conference participants are responsible for arranging the accommodation and travel. However, discounted rates for the Eurostars Das Letras Hotel can be arranged by organizers and announced to selected participants upon request.




Conference Program

 
 

See the conference panels with abstracts below by clicking on the panel numbered tabs.

The Politicisation of Europe: EU as a Political System, Supranational Order or Ever Closer Community

 

The Persistence of the Democratic Deficit in the European Union

 

Assessing the European Union’s External Influence: Foreign Policy and Normative Actorness

 

Cultural Diplomacy and Performing Identities: From Literature to Visual Urban Spaces

 

European Union’s External Perception and Impact as a Transformative Power

  • The EU’s Profile in Northeast Asia
    David Hallinan, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin
    The EU’s Profile in Northeast Asia Though still secondary to the US, Japanese and Korean expectations of the EU as a political actor have been significantly upgraded, with a corresponding intensification of political collaboration. In the case of China, the EU continues to be viewed as a key strategic partner in facilitating China’s development, but the Union’s own strategy for inducing political reforms in China is not effectively served by the existing framework.

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  • The EU’s Participation In Global Financial Governance
    Marina Strezhneva, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
    The EU’s Participation In Global Financial Governance In this paper the concept of multilevel governance is employed to emphasize the space dimension of political governance, as well as specific importance of liaisons, coalitions and interactions, which transcend territorial borders and go beyond spheres of national control.

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  • Does Speed Matter? The Impact of the EU Membership Incentive on Rule Adoption in Minority Rights Legislation
    Anna Parkhouse, Dalarna University, Sweden
    Does Speed Matter? The Impact of the EU Membership Incentive on Rule Adoption in Minority Rights Legislation Based on the External Incentives Model of Governance, this hypothesis-testing article seeks to explain how effective the EU membership incentive is on recipient states’ propensity to comply with EU minority rights conditionality.

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  • Where Does the Europeanisation of CEEC Security Discourse Stop? A Case Study of Romania
    Iulia Joja, National School for Political and Administrative Studies, Bucharest, Romania
    Where Does the Europeanisation of CEEC Security Discourse Stop? A Case Study of Romania The paper will show through the discourse analysis of Romanian security policy how this process – also present in other EU border countries - is relevant to the direction in which EU security policy might develop over the next years.

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Educational Policies of Europeanization, Mobility and Internationalization

 

European Politics and Economic Development: Domestic and Regional Dimensions – Opportunities and Distortions for Integration

  • Crisis, Revised Economic Theory and Open Society: Euregio or Convergence?
    Gerhard Eichweber, Value Group, Switzerland
    Crisis, Revised Economic Theory and Open Society: Euregio or Convergence? Based on insight relating contradicting economic theories to context strongly linked to culture and the treatment of qualitative distinction and diversity in society and politics, this paper sheds a light on counterproductive paradigms as well as on proven practice of a sustainable turnaround of the Basque Country as example for other regions and their societies.

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  • The Greek ‘Underdog’ Political Culture: An Anti-European Political Identity?
    Ioanna Ntampoudi, Aston University, Birmingham, UK
    The Greek ‘Underdog’ Political Culture: An Anti-European Political Identity? Through the presentation of empirical findings based on focus groups and personal in-depth interviews in Greece, this paper argues that the distinctly democratic political identities that the EU strives to create and maintain as part of its own desired political identity as a specifically democratic institution, are paradoxically the same kind of identities that resist and challenge its direction and the course of European integration.

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  • National Accounts Versus Business Accounting: Form and Content
    Nicoleta Andreea Savu, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania
    National Accounts Versus Business Accounting: Form and Content Thus, the state's objective to stimulate economic growth, it can be targeted by harmonization of national accounting standards with the International Financial Reporting Standards, the IFRS rules for a comparable global business and also by full implementation of System of National Accounts, the SNA/ESA rules for comparable country world statistics.

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  • Investigating Speculation in the Components of the Quarterly GDP Growth Rate: Albania's Case 2005-2013
    Fejzi Kolaneci, University of New York in Tirana, Albania
    Suada Basho, University of New York, Tirana, Albania
    Eldi Berhamaj, University of New York, Tirana, Albania
    Investigating Speculation in the Components of the Quarterly GDP Growth Rate: Albania’s Case 2005-2013 The main objectives of the present study are to detect the speculation in components of the quarterly GDP growth rate in Albania during the period January 2005- September 2013 and to evaluate the level of speculation for each component of the quarterly GDP growth rate, using the criteria C1, C2, as well as Gelfand’s classification.

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  • Eurostars das Letras Hotel

     

    Conference Room: Cervantes
    Rua Castilho 6-12 1250-069, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Conference program

     

    • September 26, 2014
      • 09:00 - 09:30Prticipant's Registration (Registration Desk – Cervantes Conference Room Foyer)
      • 09:30 - 10:30Welcome and Opening Remarks - Open Floor Workshop: Europeanization, Crises and the Future of Integration
      • 10:30 - 11:00Coffee Break and Snacks – Foyer
      • 11:00 - 13:00Panel 1: The Politicisation of Europe: EU as a Political System, Supranational Order or Ever Closer Community
      • 13:00 - 14:30Lunch at Eurostars Das Letras Restaurant
      • 14:30 - 16:30Panel 2: The Persistence of the Democratic Deficit in the European Union
      • 16:30 - 17:00Coffee Break and Snacks – Foyer
      • 17:00 - 19:00Panel 3: Assessing the European Union’s External Influence: Foreign Policy and Normative Actorness
      • 19:00 - 19:45Welcome Drink and Snack
      • 19:45 - 21:30Optional Social Dinner
    • September 27, 2014
      • 09:00 - 11:00Panel 4: Cultural Diplomacy and Performing Identities
      • 11:00 - 11:30Coffee Break and Snacks – Foyer
      • 11:30 - 13:30Panel 5: European Union’s External Perception as a Transformative Power
      • 13:30 - 15:00Lunch at Eurostars Das Letras Restaurant
      • 15:00 - 16:30Panel 6: Educational Policies of Europeanization, Mobility ad Internationalization
      • 16:30 - 17:00Coffee Break and Snacks – Foyer
      • 17:00 - 19:00Panel 7: European Politics and Economic Development: Domestic and Regional Dimensions - Opportunities and Distortions for Integration
      • 19:00 - 19:30Concluding Remarks and Discussions
      • 19:30 - 21:30Optional Social Dinner