Europeanization : Do we still miss the big picture?

Catégorie :Rencontres scientifiques

Date :du jeudi, 29 mars 2012 au vendredi, 30 mars 2012

Lieu :room A of the University Foundation (Fondation Universitaire), Rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels (Belgique)

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Résumé :

The Centre d'Etude de la Vie Politique (CEVIPOL) of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences and the Institute for European Studies (IEE) of the Université libre de Bruxelles are organizing an internation al conference with the title "Europeanization: Do we still miss the big picture?" on March 29 and 30, 2012 in de la Vie Politique (CEVIPOL) of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences and the Institute for European Studies (IEE) of the Université libre de Bruxelles are organizing an internation al conference with the title "Europeanization: Do we still miss the big picture?" on March 29 and 30, 2012 in Brussels.

Détails :

The concept of Europeanization can be considered as a tremendous success in the field European Studies of the last 20 years. Already early on the number of approaches to analyze how and "when Europe hits home" has multiplied. While this variety certainly is a strength, it runs a methodological risk: no common definition of Europeanization has been found and more precisely the danger of conceptual stretching occurs. Meanwhile, the first generations of definitions have been abandoned due to their conceptual proximity to concepts European integration, but more comprehensive definitions imply again the complexity of processes of Europeanization and mutual impacts of Europeanization and European Integration.

This development points at a complex facet of Europeanization research: do we want to limit ourse lves to use Europeanization as the explanans for change? Is it not also necessary to explain Europeanization itself, i.e. treating it as the explanandum? Instead of assuming that we find a linear process in either direction, shouldn't we take into account that processes of construction, diffusion and institutionalization do not necessarily follow a stringent or coherent pattern? Furthermore it is questionable that these processes will have the same impact on the "classical" 3 P's of Political science: policies, politics and polities.

We still seem not to know a lot about the black box of the national and subnational level, i.e. how actors deal with the EU's direct and indirect impact every day and the relationship of Europeanization and European Integration.

Do we still miss the big picture of Europeanization? Is such a picture desirable? Or does it become much more of a mosaic given its plethora of analytical approaches?

Hence a discussion on research me thods and case selection is needed as the emphasis on complexity runs the risk of losing the analytical capacity to determine causality in Europeanization.

This conference will try to develop answers to these questions by
dealing with the above mentioned complex processes of Europeanization:

  • Do we still miss the "big picture" of Europeanization?
  • How can improve theory in Europeanization studies?
  • What methodology for opening the black box?
  • How do complex processes of Europeanization relate to European
  • integration?

The conference is open to the public, but online registration is mandatory:

Thursday 29 March

09.30-10.00 - Coffee Break

10.00-10.30 - Opening of the Conference


  • Jean-Michel DeWaele, Dean of the Faculty for Social and Political Sciences, ULB
  • François Foret, Director of Political Research, Institute for European Studies, ULB
  • Ramona Coman, Vice Director of the CEVIPOL, ULB
  • Thomas Kostera, Assistant, IEE
  • Luca Tomini, Assistant, FSP-Conference Committee

10.30-12.30 - Panel 1: Rethinking Europeanization: Critical Assessments of the Boundaries of the Concept

Chair: François Foret, ULB

Discussant: Pauline Ravinet, Lille 2 University / ULB


  • Claudio Radaelli, University of Exeter: “Causalities in European Studies”
  • Robert Ladrech, Keele University: “Europeanization as a stage of European Integration”
  • Marie-Ève Bélanger, University of Ottawa: “Much confusion: could enlarging mean deepening? A study of Europeanization through discourse”
  • Thomas Alam, Lille 2 University: “From variables to actors: Europeanisation as a conceptual mirage”

12.30-13.30 - Break

13.30-15.00 - Panel 2: Europeanization in Times of Crisis. The case of Southern Europe

Chair: Thomas Kostera, ULB

Discussant: Amandine Crespy, ULB


  • Saskia Bonjour, ULB & Maarten Vink, Maastricht University: “When Europeanization backfires: the normalization of European migration politics”
  • Lorenzo Gabrielli, IEP Bordeaux: “The changing dynamics of Europeanization: the case of the building process of the Spanish immigration policy”
  • Stella Ladi, Panteion University: “European Integration and Coercive Europeanization: What can we Learn from the Cases of Greece and Italy?”

15.00-15.15 - Coffee Break

15.15-16.45 - Panel 3: Europeanization and Multiple Levels of Governance

Chair: Luca Tomini, ULB

Discussant: Denis Duez, FUSL


  • Gerda Falkner, Austrian Academy of Sciences, University of Vienna: “Europeanization via Judicial Penalization? Causes and Effects of Second
  • Proceedings with the ECJ”
  • Paolo Graziano, Bocconi University: “Europeanization and Domestic Employment Policy Change: Conceptual and Methodological Background”
  • Marius Guderjan, Manchester Metropolitan University: “Europeanisation or European integration of local government?”

Friday 30 March

10.00-10.30 - Coffee Break

10.30-12.00 - Panel 4: Democratization and Europeanization: Reconsidering the Impact of the EU in the New Member States

Chair: Sabine Saurugger, IEP Grenoble

Discussant: Ramona Coman, ULB


  • Antoaneta Dimitrova, Leiden University: “What do we learn about Europeanisation from the new Member States?”
  • Luca Tomini, ULB: “Unexpected Problems of Democratic Consolidation and the Role of the EU in Central Europe”.

12.00-13.00 - Break

13.00-15.00 - Panel 5: Europeanization and Public Policies

Chair: Amandine Crespy, ULB

Discussant: Sabine Saurugger, IEP Grenoble


  • Sophie Jacquot, Sciences Po Paris: “Europeanization from impact to usages. Tackling the influence of the EU on domestic welfare reforms”
  • Thomas Kostera, ULB: “Conceptualizing usages of Europe in a Bismarckian healthcare system”
  • Alexandra Jönsson-Leclerc, Sciences Po Paris: “Learning from the ‘neither-nor-dilemma’. Insights from the Europeanization of policies on the conciliation of professional and family life”

15.00-15.15 - Coffee Break

15.15-17.15 - Panel 6: Beyond the borders: Europeanization outside the EU

Chair: Pauline Ravinet, Lille 2 University, ULB

Discussant: François Foret, ULB


  • Magnús Árni Magnússon, Bifröst University: “Europeanization of identity in a non-member state-the case of Iceland”
  • Thijs Rommens, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven: “External Europeanization: stretching a concept too far? The case of Georgia”
  • Branka Loncar-Mrkoci, University of Zagreb: “Anticipatory Europeanization: the evolution of mechanisms and instruments for Europeanization of candidate countries after the fifth round of enlargement”
  • Didem Buhari-Gulmez, Royal Holloway, University of London: “The Missing Link: Turkish Europeanization in light of World Society”

17.15-17.30 - Coffee Break

17.30-18.00 - Concluding Remarks


  • Ramona Coman, FSP, ULB
  • Thomas Kostera, IEE, ULB
  • Luca Tomini, FSP, ULB

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Organizing Committee:

  • Prof. Ramona Coman, Université Libre de Bruxelles (CEVIPOL)
  • Thomas Kostera, Université Libre de Bruxelles (IEE / CEVIPOL)
  • Luca Tomini, Université Libre de Bruxelles (CEVIPOL)

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