Season's Greetings

The European University Institute is closed from 23 December 2014 to 6 January 2015 inclusive.  We wish you all a pleasant winter break.

Comparative Politics Workshop


The Comparative Politics Workshop (CPW) is a forum aiming at enhancing researchers knowledge of the subfield of comparative politics by discussing classics, contemporary work and research-in-progress.  The focus is mainly on the logic and method of comparison, rather than on specific topics. The workshop's methodological and substantive range is intended to be broad and it is open to researchers, post-docs and faculty from all departments. 14 January 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 20 January 2015.

The European Union and the Gulf countries: a complex relation with untapped potential


Through prominence in the energy field, economic dynamism and active stance as international investors, GCC States have emerged as global players. In spite of the numerous political and economic challenges, the Gulf countries remain relatively stable and play a more assertive and at times controversial role in the intricate post Arab awakening developments. Against this backdrop, the Gulf region is a potential, albeit complex, strategic partner for the EU. However, the EU/GCC relation has never reached the degree of depth and systematisation that characterise EU ties with other emerging actors. A joint Middle East Working Group - RELEX session. 15 January 2015



The European Court of Justice and external relations law : constitutional challenges

Edited by Marise Cremona; Anne Thies

This edited collection appraises the role, self-perception, reasoning and impact of the European Court of Justice on the development of EU external relations law. Against the background of the recent recasting of the EU Treaties by the Treaty of Lisbon and at a time when questions arise over the character of the Court’s judicial reasoning and the effect of international legal obligations in its case law, it discusses the contribution of the Court to the formation of the EU as an international actor and the development of EU external relations law, and the constitutional challenges the Court faces in this context.

Why should we read Max Weber today? his conception of Wissenschaft

By Peter Ghosh

In 1964 the question of Weber’s present-day significance was an open one which was passionately debated, but in 2014 his canonical position is so secure that it seems superfluous. Nonetheless, the question should be asked, because if it is not, then any view of Max Weber as an integral thinker recedes into the distance, and he dissolves into a series of specialized fragments.  The paper suggests that Weber is important above all because he is a universalist thinker capable of operating under modern conditions.

Global economy report : November-December 2014

Edited by Daniele Limonta, Massimiliano Marcellino, Francesca Panelli, Alessandro Stanzini, Maria Eleonora Traverso, Alberta Martino

The objective of the report is to provide an analysis of the current and expected macroeconomic and financial conditions at the global level, with also a focus on key economic areas such as Europe, the USA and ASIA