Energy efficiency and Climate Change Mitigation: Are We Doing Enough?


Energy efficiency has become a hot topic in energy and climate domains. Yet, is energy efficiency a real key issue for climate change mitigation? How can it be promoted? Mostly through energy pricing? Is the rebound effect a relevant issue? These and other key questions were debated by Tyler Bryant, International Energy Agency, and Matthew Kotchen, Yale University, during an on-line debate in January 2015. The debate was chaired by Xavier Labandeira, Director of FSR Climate.

Roundtable on the Italian Constitutional Court Decision 238/2014


The roundtable will focus on the implications of the Italian Constitutional Court's decision of 22 October 2014 concerning the judgment of the International Court of Justice on Germany’s immunity from civil jurisdiction for international crimes committed in Italy the Nazi forces during World War II. 13 February 2015

European Security: Prospects and Crises. A talk by Baroness Pauline Neville Jones


At a time when dangers to European security are particularly acute, this event will examine anti-terror policy at EU level, security challenges posed by Russia's actions in Ukraine and the military engagement of some European states on different fronts beyond Europe. The speaker, Baroness Neville Jones of Hutton Roof has been National Security Adviser to David Cameron and Security Minister in Her Majesty's Government. 10 February 2015

Call for abstracts: Universal Basic Income Conference


The Max Weber Programme is launching a call for abstracts for a conference on the topic of universal basic income. The conference aims to look into the future of basic income research: Which questions have been left unanswered, which questions should be posed? What should be on the research agenda for the next 10 years? Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 February 2015

Policy Challenges in Digital Markets: Call for Papers


The 2015 Florence School of Regulation Scientific Seminar on the Economics, Law and Policy of Communications and Media brings together scholars in the fields of economics and law, as well as practitioners, to consider frontier research in media and telecommunications, with a goal of fostering research ideas and informing policy. The seminar will include 12-15 research papers presented over a two day period. Call for papers open until 2 February 2015



Transnationalization and regulatory change in the EU's eastern neighbourhood : Ukraine between Brussels and Moscow

By Julia Langbein

Regulatory reforms in the EU’s Eastern neighbourhood countries are not as sluggish as often perceived. Rule enforcement is happening despite the presence of domestic veto players who favour the status quo, the lack of EU membership perspective and the presence of Russia as an alternative governance provider. Using Ukraine as a primary case study, this book examines why convergence with transnational market rules varies across different policy sectors within the Eastern neighbourhood countries.

On Aggression: Psychoanalysis as Moral Politics in Post-Nazi Germany

By Dagmar Herzog

The heyday of intellectual and popular preoccupation with psychoanalysis in the West reached from the 1940s to the 1970s, from post-Nazism through Cold War consumerism to the anti-Vietnam War movement and the sexual revolution. This paper analyzes the wholly unexpected consequences set in motion by the publication of ethologist Konrad Lorenz’s On Aggression, not only on the oeuvre of the preeminent West German psychoanalyst Alexander Mitscherlich, but also on the eventual shape taken by the New Left’s politics and theories of human nature.

Matching voters with parties and candidates : voting advice applications in a comparative perspective

Edited by Diego Garzia; Stefan Marschall

This book aims first at a comprehensive overview of the voting advice applications (VAA) phenomenon in a truly comparative perspective. Featuring the biggest number of European experts on the topic ever assembled, the book answers a number of open questions and addresses debates in VAA research. It also aims to bridge the gap between VAA research and related fields of political science.

Religion and the public order of the European Union

By Ronan McCrea

The author offers the first comprehensive account of the role of religion within the public order of the European Union. He examines the facilitation and protection of individual and institutional religious freedom in EU law and the means through which the Union facilitates religious input and influence over law. Identifying the limitations on religious influence over law and politics that have been required by the Union, he demonstrates how such limitations have been identified as fundamental elements of the public order and prerequisites EU membership.