Catégorie :Appels à communication

Date :jeudi, 01 février 2018

Date limite : mardi, 05 décembre 2017

Lieu :Strasbourg (France)

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Source: Samuel B.H. Faure

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THE LOGICS OF DIFFERENTIATION OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION: DEFINITIONS, CAUSES, STRATEGIES, EFFECTS Call for Papers Workshop organised by the French Political Science Association’s (AFSP)Research Group on the European Union (GrUE) 1st February 2018 University of Strasbourg (SAGE) Samuel B.H. Faure, Vincent Lebrou, Francisco Roa Bastos Deadline : 5th December 2017

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Call for Papers
Workshop organised by the French Political Science Association’s (AFSP)Research Group on the European Union (GrUE)

1st February 2018
University of Strasbourg (SAGE)

Samuel B.H. Faure, Vincent Lebrou, Francisco Roa Bastos

This workshop focuses on the logics of differentiation of European integration.
The logics of differentiation of European integration refer to various dynamics, strategies, ideas and political discourses also known as ‘variable-geometry Europe’ or ‘Europe à la carte’.
These logics of differentiation of the European integration are shaped
by the territorial variations of membership and implementation of the European public policies (Eurozone, Schengen area, Brexit) and by the variations of their politico-institutional degree of integration (monetary policy, CAP, defense policy). They can be interrogated from the point of view of their definitions (what?), their causes (why?), their strategies(how?) and their effects (which results?).

To explain the territorial, political or institutional variations observed, institutionalist liberal (Leufen, Rittberger, Schimmelfennig 2012; Schimmelfennig, Leufen, Rittberger 2015), constructivist (Börzel, Risse, 2017) and sociological (Adler-Nissen 2014) arguments have been
developed. They contributed significantly to our understanding of the logics of differentiation of European integration thanks to complementary theoretical angles. However, they converge methodologically towards a deductive preference that does not take into account as seriously
as possible the production of original data through empirical inquiries (Holzinger, Schimmelfennig, 2012).
This workshop aims to present and discuss communications that develop an explanatory argument based on an inductive methodology, thus enhancing field surveys, comparative and historical approaches. To do this, it is structured around three working axes, without prejudging the final form that the organization of the workshop will take.
Political scientists but also all social scientists (anthropologists, economists, historians, sociologists) whose research deals with this object are encouraged to participate.

1. Definitions and causes of the logics of differentiation

The first line of research questions the definitions (what?) and the causes (
why?) of the logics of differentiation of European integration. How
can we conceptually define the notion of ‘differentiation’?
What political and institutional realities, more or less formalized and objectified, does it cover? Can we put on the same level all the forms of differentiation that are observable through the processes of European integration? It could even be said that the process of differentiation goes back to the origins of the Communities. Are not the ‘European Communities’ above all the result of a decision of differentiation’
made by a small group of States in 1951 and then in 1957, to pool a limited number of policies under specific treaties?
Are not the ECSC, the EEC and Euratom at the same time different and interdependent organizations, but also ‘different Europes’ from the “Europe” of the Council of Europe created a few years earlier?
The communications in this field will thus question possible changes in the issues to which the logics of differentiation that have crossed the EU's history are likely to lead. They will also develop a comparative approach to question the conditions for the possibility of differe
ntiation in the EU: what are the logics that make it possible
to understand that two ‘similar’ Member States have taken dissimilar decisions, the first by integrating a policy European public, the latter by staying out? Why are some European public policies more integrated than others, and what are the historical trends and patterns
of these sectoral differentiations over time?

2. Strategies and uses of the logics of differentiation
The second line of research questions the strategies (how?) that cover the logics of differentiation of European integration.
What decision-makers call a ‘variable-geometry Europe’ is not only an institutional regulatory framework, making EU common rules more
flexible. It can also be analyzed as the result of political and institutional strategies. The papers will focus here on the uses and mobilizations that the individual and collective actors make of the ‘variable
-geometry Europe’ narrative. They would try to show how the logics of differentiation sometimes become a strategy, for example, to overcome any institutional or political blockages related to decision-making
at national or European levels.
The historical implementation of the various ‘opt-out’ or ‘opt-in’
mechanisms could constitute privileged examples.
Communications would study the bureaucratic instruments used to implement them that will also be at the heart of this axis. The creation of new administrative structures to manage the implementation of a pu
blic policy could also be a subject of particular attention.
The investigation of these new bureaucratic spaces will ideally be based on an analysis of the trajectories of the actors concerned as well as the resources they mobilize in their daily activity.
In this perspective, this second line of research intends to enrich the questions raised so far and not only to consider differentiation for what it is and much more for what it says about the transformations of European governance.

3. Effects of the logics of differentiation
The third line of research brings together studies on the effects (or lack of effects) of the logics of differentiation at European level or within the Member States. The papers proposed could rely on the research on Europeanization and its effects, showing how the "differentiated" structuring of the EU entails pressures for adaptation in the Member States (depending on their participation or not to a particular European policy or institutional subset) and how the Member States respond to it. In this perspective, this axis of research could also
present communications looking at the divisions and internal struggles
within the Member States, induced by these logics of differentiation, such as the competitions between potential beneficiaries of the CAP, the Structural Funds or any other ‘European policy’ in each Member State. Another avenue that could be explored would be to ask what are the effects of these logics of differentiation on the political 'readability’ of the EU and, consequently, on political accountability.
What is the effect of the EU's ‘polyarchical’ structure on the ‘democratic deficit’?

Proposal submission
Please send all paper proposals to, and
It should include the title of the proposed paper, the name of the contributor (s), your affiliation(s), the axis of research to which they wish to be attached as a priority and an abstract of no more than 400 words.

Call for papers 20th October 2017
Deadline for sending paper proposals 5th December 2017
Decision on selected papers 15th December 2017
Deadline for sending papers 25th January 2018
Workshop 1st February 2018

Selected Bibliography
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ADLER-NISSEN, Rebecca,‘Behind the scenes of differentiated integration: circumventing national opt-outs in Justice and Home Affairs’, Journal of European Public Policy, 2009, 16(1): 62-80.
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BATORA, Jozef. European Defence Agency: A Flashpoint of Institutional
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BELLAMY, Richard, KRÖGER, Sandra,‘A demoicratic justification of differentiated integration in a heterogeneous EU’,Journal of European Integration, 2017,1-15.
BÖRZEL, Tanja, ISSE, Thomas, ‘From the euro to the Schengen crises: European integration theories, politicization, and identity politics’, Journal of European Public Policy, 2017,1-26.
BULMER Simon, ‘Domestic politics and the European Community policy-making’,
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CHOPIN Thierry, LEQUESNE Christian, ‘Differentiation as a double-edged sword
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dir.), 2010,Which Europe? The Politics of Differentiated Integration
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DUTTLE Thomas, HOLZINGER Katharina, MALANG Thomas, & al., ‘Opting out from European Union legislation : the differentiation of secondary law’,Journal of European Public Policy,2017, 24 (3): 1-23.
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GEORGAKAKIS Didier, ‘La sociologie historique et politique de l’Union européenne: un point de vue d’ensemble et quelques contrepoints’, Politique européenne, 2008, 25 (2):53-85.
HOLZINGER, Katharina,SCHIMMELFENNIG, Frank, ‘Differentiated Integration in the European Union. Many Concepts, sparse theory, few data’, Journal of European Public Policy, 2012, 19 (2): 292-305.
HOLZINGER, Katharina; SCHIMMELFENNIG, Frank, ‘Eurokrise und differenzierte Integration’, Politische Vierteljahresschrift
, 2015, 56 (3): 457-478.
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, 2011, 49(3): 563-584.
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KÖLLIKER Alkuin, ‘Bringing together or driving apart the Union? Towards a theory of differentiated integration’, West European Politics
, 2001, 24(4): 125-151.
LERUTH Benjamin, ‘Operationalizing National Preferences on Europe
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