European Union Studies Working Group

Department of Political and Social Sciences
European University Institute



The European Union Studies Working Group (EUS WG) was organized for the first time in the academic year 2011/2012. The purpose of the WG is to give researchers and fellows interested in EU affairs a platform to present their work to an interested audience and sharpen the EUI's profile in the study of the European Union. The WG is sponsored by Prof. Adrienne Héritier.

Sessions take place about every month or on special request. Are you preparing a paper pertaining to the realm of EU Studies? Would you like to present this paper to an interested audience? Then simply write us here to propose a session! Generally, our goal is to have one PhD researcher and one fellow presenting their work during any given session to bring people in different stages of their academic careers together for mutual benefit. Furthermore, we encourage presentations by researchers and fellows from different departments to guarantee an interdisciplinary audience and debate. In 2011/2012 all departments were represented in the EUS WG.

All are welcome to attend! No prior registration required!

N.B.: The readings for each session will be circulated via the EUS WG mailing list. Please contact us at to join the mailing list and receive the readings for the next session.

Upcoming Session

Crises and European Integration

Prof. Dr. Fritz Scharpf (Max-Planck Institute)

Thursday, October 11
15h - 17h

Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana
Via dei Roccettini 9, San Domenico di Fiesole (FI)

pointing arrowFor more information see here.

Academic Year 2011/2012 (Main organizers: Markus Gastinger, Juan Mayoral)

Ist Session, October 18, 2011: Panel Discussion on 'The Past and Future of European Union Studies' (see here).

IInd Session, November 15, 2011: Zsofia Barta (Max Weber Fellow, SPS) The road to hell is paved with good intentions: The hidden counterproductive effects of the Stability and Growth Pact on long-term fiscal consolidation & Evangelia Koundouraki (EU Information Specialist) The ‘Access to documents’ regulation and how to find documents using the EU registers (see here).

IIIrd Session, December 13, 2011: Costanza Hermanin (Researcher, SPS) The Power of Initiative of the European Commission: A Progressive Erosion? [Co-authored with Paolo Ponzano and Daniela Corona] & Haakon Ikonomou (Researcher, HEC) Caught in the Middle – the many faces of a civil servant (Norway and the EC 1960-1963) (see here).

IVth Session, January 17, 2012: Gregoire Mallard (Jean Monnet Fellow, SPS) Crafting the Nuclear Regime Complex (1950-1975): Dynamics of Harmonization of Non-proliferation Treaties & Stephen Coutts (Researcher, LAW) Union Citizenship and the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (see here).

Vth Session, February 14, 2012: Isabelle Guinaudeau (Max Weber Fellow, SPS) Who sets the EU on the agenda? Insights from EU coverage in British, French and German newspapers (1990-2012) & Lena Boucon (Researcher, LAW) The judicial limitations on Member States' retained powers (see here).

VIth Session, March 13, 2012: Philip Bajon (Jean Monnet Fellow, HEC) The Luxembourg Arrangement of 1966: A Path-Dependent Phenomenon in EU History & Laurie Beaudonnet (Researcher, SPS) The Impact Of Redistribution On Attitudes Towards Europe: A Time Series Analysis (see here).

VIIth extraordinary Session, March 14, 2012: Philippe C. Schmitter (Emeritus Professor, EUI) Neo-Neo-Functionalism: Déjà-Vu all over again? (see here).

VIIIth Session, April 24, 2012: Justin Valasek (Max Weber Fellow, ECO) How unions sustain integration in the absence of a EU demos & Veera Nisonen (Researcher, HEC) Research for Growth? The Contested Origins of the European Union Research Policy (see here).

IXth extraordinary Session, May 17, 2012: Josep Borrell (EUI President) The German model as a way out of the Eurozone crisis? (see here).

Xth extraordinary Session, May 18, 2012: Jean-Marie Palayret (Director, HAEU) & Federico Romero (Professor, HEC) The Rome Treaty negotiations: The elephant in the field? (see here).

XIth extraordinary Session, May 29, 2012: Adrienne Héritier (Professor, SPS) & Loïc Azoulai (Professor, LAW) How to get published in the EU Studies: Basics and Tips (see here).