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IPSA RC03 European Unification

Business meeting, 2018 IPSA World Congress of Political Science, Brisbane

Location: Foyer, Door 1/4-T12, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Time: 12:45-13:45

  1. Welcome
  • Welcome- Carlos Closa, chair of IPSA RC03 for the term 2016-2018
  • Agenda approval
  • 21 RC03 members attended the meeting in Brisbane
  1. Recent activities
  • 18 IPSA RC03 panels at the 2016 IPSA World Congress in Poznan
  • 11 panel proposals submitted to IPSA RC03 for the 2018 World Congress in Brisbane. 8 IPSA RC03 panels included in the final programme (between 4 and 6 papers per panel, covering a wide range of topics related to the EU and the European integration process) 
  1. Website and social media
  1. Future activities
  • Next IPSA Congress: Lisbon 2020. Main objective: approximately 11 RC03 panel proposals.
  • RC mailing list: updated every two years. The aim is to encourage colleagues working on topics that are relevant for the RC03 to join the Committee and the mailing list. A new mailing list will be created with all the participants who attended the RC03 business meeting in Brisbane. 
  1. Elections for the IPSA RC03 Executive Board
  • Board members for the mandate 2016-2018:
  1. Carlos Closa (Spanish National Research Council, IPP-CSIC, Spain) Chair  
  2. Philomena Murray (University of Melbourne, Australia) Vice-Chair
  3. Amy Verdun (University of Victoria, Canada) Treasurer 
  4. Yvonne Gallighan (Queen’s University Belfast, UK)
  5. Ken Endo (Hokkaido University, Japan)
  6. Hans-Jörg Trenz (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
  7. Simona Piattoni (University of Trento, Italy)
  8. Daniela Vintila (University of Leicester, UK)
  9. Hartmut Mayer (University of Oxford, UK)
  10. Adam Szymański (University of Warsaw, Poland)
  11. Przemysław Biskup (University of Warsaw, Poland)
  • After the elections held during the business meeting in Brisbane, the new members of the RC03 Executive Board are:
  1. Hans-Jörg Trenz (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) Chair  
  2. Sophie Meunier (Princeton University, US) Vice-Chair
  3. Daniela Vintila (University of Liege, Belgium) Vice-Chair and Secretary
  4. Adam Szymański (University of Warsaw, Poland)
  5. Benjamin Zyla (University of Ottawa, Canada)
  6. Francesco Violi (Canterbury Christ Church University, UK)
  7. Tamara Tubakovic (University of Melbourne, Australia)
  8. Charlotte Galpin (University of Birmingham, UK)



Panel on "Differentiated Integration in a Post-Brexit European Union" at the UACES Conference

Check out this panel on "Differentiated Integration in a Post-Brexit European Union: Consequences of Brexit on Other States", with the participation of IPSA RC03 members, at the 48th UACES Conference to be held at the University of Bath on 2-5 September 2018. For more information, see:



List of newly elected members of the IPSA RC03 Executive Board

We are pleased to announce and introduce the newly elected members of our IPSA RC03 Executive Board:

  1. Hans-Jörg Trenz (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) Chair  
  2. Sophie Meunier (Princeton University, US) Vice-Chair
  3. Daniela Vintila (University of Liege, Belgium) Vice-Chair and Secretary
  4. Adam Szymański (University of Warsaw, Poland)
  5. Benjamin Zyla (University of Ottawa, Canada)
  6. Francesco Violi (Canterbury Christ Church University, UK)
  7. Tamara Tubakovic (University of Melbourne, Australia)
  8. Charlotte Galpin (University of Birmingham, UK)

We wish them all the best for the new mandate!

We would also like to thank the following colleagues for their outstanding service as Board members during the previous term: Carlos Closa (Spanish National Research Council); Philomena Murray (University of Melbourne); Amy Verdun (University of Victoria); Yvonne Galligan (Queen’s University Belfast); Ken Endo (Hokkaido University); Hans-Jörg Trenz (University of Copenhagen); Simona Piattoni (University of Trento); Daniela Vintila (University of Liege); Hartmut Mayer (University of Oxford); Adam Szymański (University of Warsaw); Przemysław Biskup (University of Warsaw).


Business meeting of the IPSA RC03 - IPSA World Congress of Political Science, Brisbane

Dear members of the IPSA Research Committee on European Unification (IPSA RC03),

We would like to kindly invite you to the next business meeting of our RC to be held on the 24th of July 2018 from 12:45 to 13:45 in Room Foyer/Q4-T12 in Brisbane. The meeting will be chaired by Prof Carlos Closa. We hope this will be an excellent opportunity for us to meet again and exchange ideas regarding this Research Committee.

The agenda of the meeting will be circulated soon. Should you wish to add items relevant for the discussion, please contact Daniela Vintila.

We look forward to seeing you in Brisbane


Discussant for the IPSA RC03 panel on “Euroscepticism beyond the crisis”

We are looking for discussants for this IPSA RC03 panel on “Euroscepticism beyond the crisis”. https://wc2018.ipsa.org/events/congress/wc2018/panel/euroscepticism-beyond-crisis

If you are interested, please contact Prof. Duncan McDonnell (d.mcdonnell@griffith.edu.au)


List of IPSA RC03 Panels- 25th World Congress of Political Science, July 21-25, 2018 | Brisbane, Australia


Call for applications: 8th Berlin Summer School in Social Science-Linking Theory and Empirical Research (July 16 - 26, 2018)

The "Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences – Linking Theory and Empirical Research" seeks to promote young researchers by strengthening their methodological understanding in linking theory and empirical research. What role does theory play in empirical research? The importance of theoretical reflection for the guidance of empirical inquiry and for scientific innovation is widely acknowledged in the social sciences. But how can we systematically describe the dynamic relationship between theory and data? While it is common sense in the social sciences that theory plays a crucial role in shaping our perspectives on and our interpretations of the empirical reality, the concrete application of theories in new research projects is a task which is far from trivial. It involves not only an intimate acquaintance with the diverse theories of relevance for a certain field of study, but it also requires competence and creativity for their adjustment to specific empirical contexts and sensitivity for the methodological implications, theoretical choices and decisions for the analysis of empirical data. A research methodology which links theories and empirical analysis has to take into account these challenges.

“Clearing the underbrush” (Bevir) of research methodology and explicitly tackling the linking of empirical data to the wide range of theories is the main focus of the Berlin Summer School. The program is characterized by a varied format comprising lectures, workshops, seminars, and one-to-one consultations. During the summer school, participants will also have the opportunity to present and discuss their own work extensively. Participants will be provided with hands-on advice for their research designs.

The school brings together a faculty of renowned international and Berlin-based scholars. Among the confirmed international lecturers are Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore), Steve Fleetwood (University of the West of England, Bristol), Macartan Humphreys (Columbia University/ WZB Berlin), Nikita Dhawan (University of Innsbruck), Staffan Lindberg (University of Gothenburg), and Hendrik Wagenaar (University of Sheffield).

The international summer school is open to up to 60 PhD candidates, advanced master students, and young postdocs. The call for applications is currently open. Applications can be submitted online via the application form on the summer school webpage until March 31, 2018. The decisions of the selection committee will be announced to the applicants in April. For more information: https://www.berlinsummerschool.de/program/overview/


Call for applications: 3 positions available in Research Group on legitimation strategies of regional organizations, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies

The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies / Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien an independent social-science research institute based in Hamburg is offering the following three positions as part of a Leibniz Junior Research Group on “Sources and Consequences of Legitimation Strategies of Regional Organizations” headed by Prof. Dr. Tobias Lenz:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research Fellow to work on regional legitimacy crises (doctoral position)

Research Fellow to work on the normative foundations of regional organisations (doctoral position)

For further information, please visit Prof. Lenz’s website (www.tobiaslenz.org) or contact him directly (email: tobias.lenz@giga-hamburg.de, phone: +49 (0)40 – 428 25 765). 


Message from the IPSA RC03 Chair: Important meeting in Poznań- July 27, Poznań Congress Center, Pavilion 14 (PCC-14) - 3.B

Dear members of IPSA RC03 and participants in the 2016 RC03 Sessions at the IPSA World Congress,

The time for the IPSA World Congress is approaching fast and I am looking forward to meet all of you there. RC03 will hold a business meeting on the 27th July, at 15:30, in Poznań Congress Center, Pavilion 14 (PCC-14) - 3.B. You are all invited to attend this important meeting.

RC03 needs to renew its Executive Board. Currently, the EB of RC03 consists of Chair (Carlos Closa) Vice-Chair (Amy Verdum) and six members (Sergio Fabbrini, Yvonne Galligan, Berthold Rittberger, Thomas Christiansen, Sophie Meunier Aitsahalia, Ken Endo, Caroline della Porte and Philomena Murray). Anyone who volunteers for servicing at the Board, please, let me know (dropping an email). RC03 membership changes between each WC, so please, bear in mind that members of the EB are expected, at a minimum, to attend the next WC to be held in 2018 in Australia and to organize at least a panel there. Please, do also bear in mind that these are not paid positions and no travel or events budget is available under RC03.

Looking forward to meet all of you in Poznan,

Carlos Closa.


List of IPSA RC03 Panels- 24th World Congress of Political Science, July 23-28, 2016 | Poznań, Poland

List of IPSA RC03 Panels- 24th World Congress of Political Science, Poznań 2016:


REMINDER: Registration Deadline for Research Methods Courses - July 15

This is the final reminder for those who are interested in Research Method Courses (RMC). The extended registration deadline is July 15, 2016.

Registration details are available on  Research Method Courses page. One-day research methods courses (RMC) will be offered on July 23, the day before the IPSA World Congress at the Morasko Campus of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. These courses offer state of the art information about recent advances in research methods in different fields. They should bring together both junior and senior scholars interested in these fields and their recent developments enhancing their respective research networks.


New Options on the IPSA Profile: Membership Status

We are pleased to announce that the IPSA online profile now features new options. From now on, you can consult the IPSA online profile section marked “My Membership”/ “Status & Benefits” to find the following:

  • Membership status: See what type of membership you have and when it expires;
  • See if you are subscribed to the International Political Science Abstracts and print versions of World Political Science and the International Political Science Review;
  • Consult your membership receipt;
  • See all your member benefits and access publisher discounts;Get your exclusive course code for the IPSAMOOCS.
  • http://www.ipsa.org/news/news/new-options-ipsa-profile-membership-status


Poznań will host the 24th IPSA World Congress of Political Science

The IPSA Executive Committee has selected the historic city of Poznań as the new host city for the 24th IPSA World Congress of Political Science to be held at the Poznań Congress Center from 23 to 28 of July, 2016. It will be the first IPSA World Congress to be held in Eastern Europe.


Please note that the main theme of the Congress will not change and all accepted panels and papers will be maintained in what is an outstanding Congress Program.

Congress Registration

Early-bird registration for WC2016 is available until April 13. ALL participants, including session chairs, panel chairs, discussants and paper givers, must register to attend the congress. All participants must be IPSA members in order to register.

Registration details are available on the IPSA Congress registration page.

Refund Policy

All cancellations must be sent in writing to the IPSA Secretariat at wc2016@ipsa.org

If you completed your registration before 25 February 2016 and no longer wish to attend the Congress, we will refund 100% of your registration fee.
Please note: membership fees are non-refundable. New and renewed membership will continue to be valid, even if registration to the World Congress is cancelled.

The regular Refund Policy will apply to registrations completed after 25 February 2016.


Please check with your airline for options on cancellation or change of destination. Your credit card provider may also offer Trip Cancellation insurance. Unfortunately, IPSA is unable to offer refunds for flights that have already been booked to Istanbul.

Cancellations and Withdrawals

If you can no longer participate in the IPSA World Congress and wish to withdraw your name from the program, please notify us by sending an email to wc2016@ipsa.org


Jean Monnet Module at the Law School of UCLan Cyprus under the Erasmus+ programme 2014-2020

UCLan Cyprus is happy to announce the commencement of a Jean Monnet Module entitled "The Law of Financial and Economic Governance in the EU" run by Dr. Stéphanie Laulhé Shaelou of the School of Law as Module Leader and Academic Coordinator. The University was among the successful candidates selected by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Union to run Jean Monnet Activities at prestigious institutions in the field of European integration around the world for the period 2014-2017. It is also the first time that a Jean Monnet Module is offered by a law school in Cyprus. The Module aims at developing a specialised and unique focus in EU law, within the framework of the LLM curriculum delivered by the School of Law. This focus will be based primarily upon research-informed teaching on the law and governance of finance and economic policy in the EU, in the global and multidimensional context of the financial and sovereign debt crisis in the EU and beyond, and will promote an interdisciplinary approach. New technologies will be used throughout and include a whole range of online support tools available on campus and remotely. This module will also give the opportunity to students, professionals and the wider public to take part in expert seminars, guest lectures, roundtable discussions and a conference on the topic, as well as to contribute to an open access online platform, to be created and supported by the Module.



CfA: Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences 2016

The "Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences – Linking Theory and Empirical Research" seeks to promote young researchers by strengthening their methodological understanding in linking theory and empirical research.

"The summer school consists of a two-week program with varied teaching and learning formats. While in the first week we tackle the key methodological challenges that arise in almost all research efforts, the second week is devoted to their consideration within concrete fields of social research. The modules of the first and second week follow a certain didactical course respectively.

Each module of the first week starts with a double lecture reflecting different or complementary methodological positions on the issue under consideration - represented by two international experts in each case who will also briefly comment on each others approach. In the next step participants work on assignments in four smaller groups and discuss the lectures. This is followed by two workshops in two groups with the respective lecturers that focus on the implications for research designs. Here, the lectures and assignments can be discussed with the lecturers more deeply. Each module ends with an offer for short one-to-one consultations with the respective lecturers. Each participant can have at least one consultation within the first week.

The modules of the second week are taking two steps within each thematic group of participants. In the first step the Berlin-based experts give an introduction that relates the considerations of the first week to the respective substantial field of research. In the second, all participants have the opportunity to present and discuss their current research project in depth and to receive feedback and hands-on advice for the methodological challenges arising in their research."




News: Extended deadline for closed panel submission IPSA World Congress on Political Science 2016- OCTOBER 14

News - EXTENDED DEADLINE - You have until OCTOBER 14 to Submit your Closed Panel/Paper Proposal for WC2016/REPORT DE LA DATE LIMITE - Vous avez maintenant jusqu'au 14 OCTOBRE pour soumettre votre proposition de panel fermé/communication pour le WC2016 http://ift.tt/1j9GJui


"Routledge Handbook of European Elections"- Edited by Donatella M. Viola

The Routledge Handbook of European Elections, edited by Donatella M Viola and foreworded by J.H.H. Weiler, explores the multifaceted dimension of the European Parliament’s (EP) electoral contests across the European Community and European Union since 1979. After setting a general empirical and theoretical framework, this collaborative project presents original contributions from 
leading experts in the field. Each case study adheres to a common template that makes it easy to compare data, methodology and outcomes.

The volume aims to enhance readers’ understanding of the European Parliament and revive their interest in the European integration
process. By providing a wide range of national and European facts and figures, this investigation represents a comprehensive reference guide to scholars, practitioners and students of the European Parliament, European elections, political parties, European Union, comparative politics.




Two-year postdoc fellowship, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence

Two-year postdoc fellowship, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence

Application deadline: 11 September 2015

Requirements: Knowledge of content and text analysis and ability to 
develop computer-assisted analyses

Details here: http://www.sns.it/en/servizi/job/assegnidiricerca/assegno377/


LSE Fellow in Migration and EU Politics London School of Economics and Political Science - European Institute and Department of Government

LSE Fellow in Migration and EU Politics

London School of Economics and Political Science - European Institute and Department of Government




Young people - migration and socioeconomic situation

Migration is changing Europe and lies at the core of many debates in the context of globalisation, EU enlargement and the demographic and economic changes which the European Union is facing. Young people are a particularly vulnerable and over-represented group among migrants. This article analysis the current socioeconomic status of young persons examined by their country of birth through existing Zaragoza indicators on social inclusion together with some proposed new ones on education, employment and social inclusion of young people by country of birth.



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