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The EUI signs its first Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Action (RIA) project, with Ramon Marimon (ECO Department) as the scientific coordinator. Recent events have made this project very timely: in response to the European debt crisis and associated deep recession, a number of important steps have recently been taken towards redesigning the institutional architecture of EMU, based on the roadmap outlined in the Van Rompuy Report (2012). But these innovations have relatively weak theoretical foundations. The project is going to explore the gap between policy-oriented analyses of the precise EU challenges, and the major developments in dynamic macroeconomic theory of the past three decades. ADEMU will start on 1 June 1 2015.
Much has been made, since the parliamentary election last year, which supposedly decided the president of the European Commission, of a “democratic deficit” in the EU. Listen to the discussion between Simon Hix, London School of Economics and EUI alumnus, and Hanspeter Kriesi, the Stein Rokkan Chair of Comparative Politics.
The European Graduate Network (EGN) brings together graduate students of social sciences from 8 leading European universities. By organizing annual graduate conferences, the network aims to provide opportunities for PhD students to improve their research projects, to discuss advanced methodological tools, and to practice presenting and discussing academic work, as well as establishing academic linkages and cooperation. Florence, 4-6 March 2015
The Postgraduate Sørensen Grants , open to all current non-EUI postgraduate students, aim to promote research on the history of European integration through the primary resources held at the Historical Archives of the European Union. Each year, a maximum of nine Sørensen Grants are awarded. Grants are awarded for three separate time periods. Deadlines for candidatures: 31 March, 30 June and 31 October 2015
By Theresa Kuhn
European integration has generated a wide array of economic, political, and social opportunities beyond the nation state. European citizens are free to obtain their academic degree in Germany, earn their money in London, invest it in Luxembourg, and retire to Spain. An early theorist of European integration, Karl Deutsch expected this development to promote a collective identity and public support for European integration: by interacting across borders, Europeans would become aware of their shared values and beliefs, and eventually acquire a common 'we feeling'. Experiencing European Integration puts these expectations under scrutiny.
By Daniel P. Ritter
Contemporary revolutions no longer require violent struggle in order to secure victory over authoritarian states. In this book, the author seeks to understand unarmed revolutions by posing two interrelated questions: Why do nonviolent revolutionary movements in some countries manage to topple autocratic leaders while similar movements elsewhere are brutally crushed, and why has the world witnessed a proliferation of unarmed revolution in the last forty years?
By Christian R. Thauer
Why and under which conditions do companies voluntarily adopt high social and environmental standards? The author looks inside the firm to illustrate the internal drivers of the social conduct of business. He argues that corporate social responsibility assists decision-makers to resolve managerial dilemmas. The author provides empirical illustration of his theory by examining automotive and textile factories in South Africa and China.