Bridging the Gap between European Citizens and European Institutions

This event was jointly organised with the Evens Foundation and the European Institute, LSE

Wednesday 11 March 2015, 1.45-8pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Welcome Address

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Joaquín Almunia, Ex-Vice-President of the European Commission and   Commissioner responsible for competition

Disintegrating Europe: Nationalism, Regionalism, and Globalization

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IntroductionJohn Breuilly, Professor of Nationalism and Ethnicity, LSE

SpeakerKalypso Nicolaïdis, Professor of International Relations and Director of the European Studies Centre, University of Oxford

At the level of both the member states and the EU as a whole there are social forces pulling in opposite directions (both local and global), putting tremendous pressure on existing political institutions. This session explored the cultural and political conditions prevailing in Europe today.

Political Economy of European Union

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IntroductionBob Hancké, Associate Professor of Political Economy, European Institute, LSE

SpeakerDavid Soskice, Professor of Political Science and Economics, LSE

Can Europe’s member states sustain the European Social Model? This session explored how economic innovations promoted by the EU (the Euro, Banking Union, debt sharing) as well as global ‘neoliberal’ market developments are changing the European political-economy.

European Politics and Government 

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IntroductionMareike Kleine, Associate Professor of EU and International Politics, European Institute, LSE

SpeakerJonathan Holslag, Professor of International Politics, The Free University of Brussels

European politics has been dominated by the vexed question of the democratic deficit. Should Europe move towards greater political union? Should the European parliament become a proper European government? Or should we look for innovations at the national, regional, or even city level?



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