ConstEPS / RECON workshop

Unity amidst variety in the enlarged Europe? Reconstituting democracy beyond the state, conditions and constraints

WP 5 - Civil Society and the Public Sphere  

WP 5 events

Bremen, 18-20 September 2008

Host: Jean Monnet Centre for European Studies (CEuS), University of Bremen

Venue: Bremenische Bürgerschaft, City State of Bremen


Three questions are at the core of this conference: How to reconcile unity with diversity in post-enlargement Europe in modes that take into account the variety of long as well as newly established democratic institutions in the member states? More in particular: What lessons can be drawn from the failure of Constitutional Treaty ratification for the reconstitution of democracy in Europe? And specifically: What does it take – or what are the conditions and constraints - to bring citizens into the reconstruction of democracy across national borders?

The aim of this conference is to present and discuss empirical findings from the ConstEPS research project on different 'partial regimes' connecting citizens to the EU 'would-be-democratic' polity, and, thus, review competing ideas about how to reconstitute democracy in Europe in the light of post Laeken practices. It also includes a planning session for participants of RECON's WP 5, who will discuss 'Civil Society and the public sphere in the reconstitution of democracy in Europe: Euroscepticism in Lisbon treaty ratification process and EP electoral campaigns'.


Full conference outline and programme (download pdf)

ConstEPS research project 

 
Read more on the research objectives of WP 5 and on the overall research objectives of RECON.

 

Programme

12.08.2008

Thursday 18 September 2008


Venue: EuropaPunktBremen, Bremer Bürgerschaft

13:00-17:00

Welcome

NN, Hansestadt Bremen/Bremische Bürgerschaft
Steffen Mau, Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Bremen
Ulrike Liebert, CEuS, University of Bremen 

 


I. Unity amidst Variety?
Debating 'European demoi-cracy': Potential and prospects for democratic legitimacy in EU governance

Chair: Beate Kohler, Mannheim/BiGSSS, Bremen


Debating European demoi-cracy: Foundations, potentials and prospects for a legitimate and viable European democratic order
Kalypso Nicolaidis, Director of European Studies Centre, Oxford University

Commentaries:

Reconfiguring citizenship for European demoi-cracy?
Rainer Bauböck, EUI, Florence

Rethinking the basis of a common identity for the European demoi
Juan Diez Medrano, Universidad Central, Barcelona

Carlos Closa, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

Stephan Leibfried, ZES, University of Bremen

Discussion

Coffee break




II. Missing links? Bringing citizens into the 'would-be' democratic European polity

The fate of democracy in the new Europe: Stumbling blocks on the paths towards a legitimate European democratic order (ConstEPS project)
Ulrike Liebert, CEuS, University of Bremen

Comment:

Francois Forêt, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Discussion


20:00


Dinner at historic Bremen restaurant

 

Friday 19 September 2008



09:00-17:00


III. Democratic cross border regimes, preconditions and constraints:
Citizenship, civil society,
political parties, the mass media and national courts in the enlarged Europe (ConstEPS project)

National Citizenship Law in the European Kin-States: Germany, Hungary and Poland (1985-2007)
Aleksandra Maatsch,
CEuS, University of Bremen

Comments:
Rainer Bauböck, EUI/Florence
Ulrike Liebert, CEuS
, University of Bremen

Civil Society and the Legitimacy of the EU Polity
Petra Guasti (Rakusanova),
CEuS, University of Bremen

Comments:
Philippe C. Schmitter, EUI/Florence
Heiko Pleines, Osteuropa-Institut, UniHB
Beate Kohler, Mannheim/BiGSSS, Bremen

 
Lunch

 

No Clue? Political Parties and the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe
Kathrin Packham,
CEuS, University of Bremen

Comment:
Philippe C. Schmitter, EUI/Florence
Borbala Kriza, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

Europeanizing Workers' Solidarity: Mechanisms of commitment to cooperation within the European trade union movement
Kasia Gajewska, GSSS, UniHB

Comment:
Heiko Pleines, Osteuropa-Institut, UniHB

Central and Eastern European courts in European constitutionalisation: comparing Estonia, Latvia and Poland
Tatjana Evas, CEuS, University of Bremen

Comments:
Jane Smith, Riga Graduate School of Law
Norbert Reich, University of Tartu, University of Bremen 

Unity in Diversity? Reexamining citizens’ votes in EU treaty reform referendums
Alexander Gattig/Steffen Blings, CEuS
, University of Bremen

Comments:
Zdenka Mansfeldova, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague
Juan Diez Medrano, Universidad Central, Barcelona

 

18:00-19:00

IV. Key note

Venue: Haus der Wissenschaft (historic city centre)

Transitions to and Consolidations of Democracy Beyond the Nation State?
Philippe C. Schmitter, EUI/Florence (confirmed)


20:00


Dinner at Schnoor restaurant

 

Saturday 20 September 2008



09:00-18:00


V. Civil Society and the public sphere in the reconstitution of democracy in Europe:
Euroscepticism in Lisbon treaty ratification process and EP electoral campaigns

RECON WP 5 research planning, third term (months 25-42)
Hans-Jörg Trenz and Ulrike Liebert, RECON WP 5 coordinators

WP 5 participants:
Francois Forêt, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Zdenka Mansfeldova,
Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague
Maria Heller, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
Petra Rakusanova,
CEuS, University of Bremen/Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague
Aleksandra Maatsch, CEuS, University of Bremen
Kathrin Packham,
CEuS, University of Bremen
Alexander Gattig, CEuS, University of Bremen

WP 8 participants: 
Zdzislaw Mach, Jagiellonian University, Krakow (WP 8 coordinator)
 

20:00


Excursion to Worpswede
Visit to Artist Colony and dinner at historic restaurant

Departure Sunday 21 September 2008 


 

Organised by the Jean Monnet Centre for European Studies (CEuS) at the University of Bremen. 

 

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