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Can there be a truly Universal Political Theory? And if yes, what would be the basis for it?

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Modern Western political theory tends to be ethnocentric at all three levels, and needs a self-critical dialogue with other traditions of political theory in order to realise its legitimate Universalist aspiration. Professor Bhikhu Parekh, Emeritus Professor Westminster University and Peer in the House of Lords, visiting fellow at the Global Governance Programme, Robert Schuman Centre, presents some insights from his forthcoming book on rethinking Western political theory. 16 April
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15/04/2014

Economic Crisis and the Quality of Work

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Comparative research on the changing quality of work has been based primarily on evidence from periods of economic growth and relative prosperity. The recent economic crisis makes it possible for the first time to study the implications of economic downturn for work conditions and employment relationships. This presentation focuses in particular upon the way the economic crisis affected the development of skills, as well as its implications for job control, work intensity, job security and wider social integration. A central concern is to examine the extent to which differences in institutional systems between European countries mediated the severity of the crisis for employees’ well-being. It considers the adequacy of 'regime’ theories of varieties of capitalism in accounting for the divergent country experiences of the crisis. Researchers from the Department of Economics are welcome. 22 April
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15/04/2014

Applications now open for the EUI Summer Schools

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Summer Schools at the EUI are organised by all the departments and centres of the Institute on a thematic basis. While some are more academic than others, the aim of all of them is to provide a specialist training. They are open to academics at the beginning of their careers or, at a more advanced level, to policy-makers and functionaries. Deadlines for applications by the end of April

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15/04/2014

Publications

CADMUS

Understanding global governance : institutional choice and the dynamics of participation

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By Neil Komesar, Luis Miguel Poiares Maduro, Wendy Wagner, Gregory Shaffer, Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt

Global governance is essentially about governance. That is, it is about those mechanisms that make societal or global determinations. Comparative institutional analysis is by its nature focused on governance and governance mechanisms and understanding institutional behavior lies in the dynamics of participation– the bottom-up forces that determine who is influential and who is not. In turn, the dynamics of participation is dependent in turn on the costs and benefits of participation. The works in this book attempt to establish and grow comparative institutional analysis as a general analytical framework for organizing the issues of global governance

EU migration law : legal complexities and political rationales

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Edited by Loïc Azoulai and Karin de Vries

Large-scale migration constitutes an unavoidable social reality within the European Union. A European polity is made possible and tangible by the individual acts of migrants crossing the internal borders, developing a transnational life and integrating into European societies. Consequently, migration has become a special feature of the self-understanding of the European Union: its existence depends upon a continuing flow of persons crossing the borders of the Member States, and also upon the management of the flows of third-country nationals knocking at its doors. To respond to this challenge, the Union has developed common European migration policies