European Sociological Association
Critical Political Economy Research Network
‘Beyond the Crisis of the European Project? The Political Economy of EUrope and the Political Economies in Europe in (post-)disciplinary perspectives’
31 August – 2 September 2006, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
The workshop brings together critical scholarship on the political economy of the European Union and European capitalist economies. It seeks to contribute to an understanding of the crisis of the European project by moving beyond disciplinary and theoretical boundaries.
It seems that the neo-liberal project goes on unabated in the actual European policy-making. But at the same time this project generates less and less support and indeed faces increasing outright opposition and resistance, in part voiced by mainstream political parties, even sometimes when in government.
Neo-liberal governance in Europe in particular seems to face its limits as in the context of the post-referendum blues the legitimacy crisis of the European project that had been looming for years has become visible for all. This legitimacy crisis has in fact a multi-level nature as national states find it equally hard to sustain popular consent and national governments often blame Europe in the process.
Alan Cafruny (Hamilton College, NY, US)
Bob Jessop (Lancaster, UK)
Dorothee Bohle (CEU Budapest, Hungary)
Hans-Jürgen Bieling (Marburg, Germany)
Magnus Ryner (Birmingham, UK)
We invite papers dealing with the topic of the workshop from different thematic and theoretical perspectives. The abstracts (circa 400 words) should be sent to the network coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org before 31 March 2006.
ESA Critical Political Economy RN website: http://www.valt.helsinki.fi/esa/polecon.htm
Funding for PhD students:
There is an application for a contribution to cover some of the expenses for PhD students and young scholars pending. Please indicate if you wish to apply for this funding. Students from Eastern Europe will be preferred.
Jan Drahokoupil (network coordinator)
Bastiaan van Apeldoorn & Laura Horn (local organizing committee)
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