News archive 2008

New RECON partner

The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Madrid has joined the RECON consortium. CSIC is the largest public research body in Spain and has taken over the project from CEPC – Center for Political and Constitutional Studies in Madrid. Former deputy director for research at CEPC Prof. Closa will establish a research team at the Institute of Public Goods and Policies at CSIC to continue the work in RECON’s work package 2 on constitutional politics. Read more.



New RECON report: Transnational Standards of Social Protection

Transnational Standards of Social Protection: Contrasting European and International Governance is edited by Christian Joerges and Poul F. Kjaer and presents the proceedings of a joint RECON-CRC 597 workshop. The report illuminates the intertwinements of European regulatory policies and global governance arrangements and unravels the EU’s dilemma: Stronger global governance can be an opportunity for the EU to clarify its own raison d’être of increased integration to the wider world, at the same time the design of the European project is challenged by more assertive global structures, such as the WTO regime, constraining the decisional autonomy of the EU with regard to the appropriateness of its content and its external effects. Read more.



New RECON working papers

Four new working papers were recently published in RECON’s online working paper series. Cathrine Holst undertakes a critical discussion of the normative assumptions underlying a forthcoming EU gender justice index (2008/18). Yvonne Galligan and Sara Clavero present a methodological framework for assessing the EU’s democratic quality from a gender perspective (2008/16). Yaprak Gürsoy and Meltem Müftüler-Baç analyze the impact of the EU enlargement process on Turkish collective identity formation (2008/17). Finally, Agustín José Menéndez provides an analytical framework for the study of the Europeanisation of national tax systems and the emergence of a European tax order (2008/15). All RECON publications.



New book: The Invisible Constitution of Politics

A new book on Cambridge University Press explores the contested meanings of norms in a world of increasing international encounters. RECON WP 6 researcher Antje Wiener argues that cultural practices are less visible than organisational practices, but are constitutive for politics and need to be understood and empirically ‘accounted’ for. A book launch will be held at the University of Bath on 14 October 2008. Read more.



Seminar: Cuando los ciudadanos dicen "no"

On September 17th, the University of Leónhosted an outreach seminar around RECON's work packages on civilsociety and the public sphere (WP 5) and on the political economy ofthe EU (WP 7). The event was structured around a presentation of theresults of the research project 'Building the European Union’s socialconstituency', synthesized in the book Y por fin somos europeos,in which RECON researchers played a central role, as well as the impactthese findings have on ongoing RECON research. The event was attendedby a select number of key Spanish journalists and opinion-makers,including Miguel Ángel Aguilar and Lourdes Pérez. Read more.



New book: ¿Y por fin somos europeos?

A volume presenting the first comparative study on the politicalcommunication related to the EU’s constitutional treaty was recentlypublished on Dykinson. The book is edited by RECON researchersHans-Jörg Trenz, Agustín José Menéndez and Fernando Losada and is theresult of the research project 'Building the European Union’s socialconstituency'. Read more.



New RECON working papers

Two new working papers were recently published in RECON’s online working paper series: Zdzislaw Mach and Grzegorz Pozarlik investigate the collective identity formation in the process of EU enlargement (2008/14),while Pieter de Wilde inquires into the relationship between mediacoverage and national parliaments’ involvement in EU policy-formulation(2008/13). Three papers were also issued in July, by Daniel Gaus (analysing Weiler’s normative justification of the EU) (2008/12), Christopher Lord (proposing indicators of the democratic performance of the EU) (2008/11) and Nicole Deitelhoff (analysing the EU’s policy on the ICC) (2008/10). All recent RECON publications.



New book: Law, Democracy and Solidarity in a Post-national Union

A new volume, edited by Erik Oddvar Eriksen, Christian Joerges and Florian Rödl, was recently published in the Routledge Series on Democratising Europe. It is based on the proceedings of the concluding conference of the CIDEL project: Citizenship and Democratic Legitimacy in the European Union. The book deals with the main sources of the EU's 'constitutional crisis' and the terms on which to establish a post-national political order, questions that also go to the core of the RECON project. Read more.


New publications database

RECON’s website now offers a list of publications and activities for each researcher involved in the project. Moreover, a list of publications and activities is available for each work package. This will allow users to access working papers and reports, workshop and conference papers, and find full references to articles in peer reviewed journals, books and other publications. An open search in the project’s publications database will soon be made available.

RECON publications and activities per work package

RECON publications and activities per partner 



New RECON partners selected

Following RECON’s call for new partners this winter, two institutions have been selected to join the project from mid-2008: Institute for European Integration Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Europe Institute at the University of Auckland. The partners are recruited for the research fields Representation and Institutional Make-up and The Political Economy of the EU. The new partners were selected on the basis of research proposals evaluated by independent experts. They both presented excellent project proposals which fit very well with RECON’s research agenda. As a result of the strong competition in RECON’s call for new partners, the project will also include a third new affiliated partner. The research proposal of the Mannheim Center for European Social Research received excellent evaluations and includes a strong group of researchers located in one of the best institutes of Europe. Read more in RECON Newsletter 1/2008.



New RECON working papers

Two working papers were published in RECON’s online working paper series in April. Christian Joerges and Florian Rödl look at two ECJ judgements on the compatibility of national collective labour law with European prerogatives from a constitutional perspective (2008/06). Yvonne Galligan and Sara Clavero, on their part, outline a research programme for the study of democracy in the EU from a gender perspective (2008/05). Two papers were also issued in March: one by Thomas Risse and Jana Katharina Grabowsky on European identity formation in the public sphere and in foreign policy (2008/04), and one by Jens Steffek on public accountability and the public sphere of international governance (2008/03). All recent RECON publications.



New RECON working papers

Two working papers have been issued in RECON’s online working paper series in 2008. In a paper entitled ’Polanyi in Brussels’, James Caporaso and Sidney Tarrow discuss some puzzling contradictions in the construction of the European single market. An earlier version of the paper was presented by Sidney Tarrow as a keynote speech at a RECON workshop in May 2007, under the heading ’Polanyi in Brussels: Why a European Civil Society is Possible - And the Strange Way it May Happen’. In the second paper, Christoph Haug links transnational social movement research and the research on the European public sphere. All recent RECON publications.



RECON's call for new partners closed

RECON’s call for new partner institutions in the fields of representation and institutional make-up (WP 3) and the political economy of the EU (WP 7) closed on 16 January 2008. The research proposals will be evaluated by independent experts by mid-February, and the final selection of new partners will be done in March 2008. The new partners will be presented here.