We meet on a regular basis, both as a discussion group that focuses on recent and relevant publications, and on an ad hoc basis to present work-in-progress.
Paradoxes and Contradictions in EU Democracy Promotion Efforts in the Middle East (2008 - 2011)
This research project seeks to cast empirical and theoretical light upon an increasingly important aspect of international politics: attempts by the ‘West’ to export democracy to other regions.
Recent Activities and Forthcoming Events
01 May 2013. European Politics During the Crisis: Developing Research Agendas. This one day workshop aims to facilitate the process of developing research agendas in the light of both the global economic crisis and Eurozone crisis. The nature of studying European politics - both national and supranational - has and is changing rapidly as a result of both the ongoing global economic crisis and Eurozone crisis. In the light of these developments, therefore, there is a need to re-assess, re-think, re-design, re-evaluate and re-invogorate existing research agendas, which will form the subject of discussion for the workshop.
11 January 2012. Europe after the Eurozone crisis? A panel discussion to consider these and related questions: What next for European integration? How will the Euro-zone be managed? What are the socio-economic implications of the ‘fiscal compact’? Is the UK leaving the European Union? Panel members: Michelle Pace, Charlotte Galpin, Felix Heiduk, Dave Toke, David Bailey.
24 November 2011. Social Democratic Parties and the European Union. Papers delivered by Isabelle Hertner (It's up to the leadership: European policy-making in the Labour Party, the Parti Socialiste and the Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands) and David Bailey ('Faith-retention and blame-displacement in the Great Recession: Palliating terminal social democratic decline at the EU-level?).
6 April 2011. Oscar Pardo. The European Union has progressively established a complex and multi-layered system of governance in its relations with neighbours. Beyond candidate and potential candidate countries, the EU has reached an institutional equilibrium in its relations towards the neighbourhood with the Eastern and Southern dimensions of the European Neighbourhood Policy. The presentation aims to make sense of the different EU modes of governance towards its neighbourhood, illustrated with the case of the Southern Caucasus countries.
22 March 2011. Monica Rossi and David Toke. EU, French and Italian policy on the Roma. In the summer of 2010 the French Government implemented a policy of expelling Roma, an initiative that provoked sharp controversy within and outside France. The European Commission took a unique position of rebuking one of the founder members of the EU. How did this come about, considering that in countries like Italy there are arguably just as bad cases of Roma expulsions? What does this case study say about the nature and development of the theory and practice of citizenship in the EU, France and Italy and the tradition of French Republicanism?
24 November 2009. Invited speaker, Professor Kurt Huebner, University of British Columbia, 'The International Role of the Euro'.
23-24 June 2009. The Group is co-hosting a conference titled 'Bridging the Local/Global Divide: Transnational Advocacy in Theory and Practice' convened by Dr. Julie Gilson in association with the Open University.
14-15 May 2009. In cooperation with the European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom and Advantage West Midlands, several members of POLSIS were involved in organising and hosting ‘Bringing the Policy Back In: A Substantive Agenda for the New Union’
6 May 2009. ‘Differential Voting Patterns in Multilevel Systems: The Basque Country, Catalonia and Galicia’, lecture by visiting fellow, Santiago Pérez-Nievas. ERI Building G51, 4-6pm
6 March 2009. co-hosted conference: Europe and Progressive Islamist Movements: Perceptions of Democratisation in the Middle East, convened by Dr. Michelle Pace.
October 2008. Discussion of Andrew Moravcsik (2005) ‘The European Constitutional Compromise and the Neofunctionalist Legacy’, Journal of European Public Policy 12(3).
August 2008. Discussion of Peter Mair (2008) ‘The Challenge to Party Government’, West European Politics 31(1-2).
June 2008. Discussion of Jan Zielonka (2008) ‘Europe as a Global Actor: Empire by Example?’, International Affairs, Vol. 84(3).
David Bailey was recently awarded a British Academy small research grant (c. £4000) to conduct four research trips to interview social democratic politicians in Sweden, France, Italy and Spain. The results will be used in a book, The Political Economy of European Social Democracy: A Critical Realist Approach, to be published in 2009.
In March 2007 Michelle Pace was awarded a British Academy (B.A.) Large Research Grant (£50,000 FEC) for a project on A 'Modern' Islamic democracy? Perceptions of democratisation in the Arab-Mediterranean world. The research project runs until March 31, 2009. In September 2007 she was awarded an Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) grant (approx. £370,000 FEC) for a three-year project on Paradoxes and Contradictions in EU Democracy Promotion Efforts in the Middle East. This project, which complements her B.A. project, runs until February, 2011.
My research seeks to map, compare, and explain the problems faced by, and caused by, institutions of representative democracy in European capitalism. So far this has focused on west European social democratic parties and the European Union - both separately and the relation between the two.
Research interests: Critical approaches in International Relations Theory, Power, Normative Power Europe, Post-Normativity, European Union Studies, Euro-Mediterranean Politics, Perceptions of democratisation in the Arab-Mediterranean world, EU democracy promotion efforts in the Middle East and North Africa, Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, European Neighbourhood Policy, The Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean, Israeli-Palestinian relations, politics of identity, conflict management, European integration theories, discourse analysis, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Egypt.
PhD research students:
The European Union and conflict management: Explaining the popularity of consociational power-sharing
Postcolonialism in EU enlargement policies seen from a Critical Discourse Analysis perspective
Constructing authority: does International law regulate the foreign policy behaviour of States in decisions to use force in humanitarian Intervention
For further information about the research group contact:
David Bailey Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 2991 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org