News archive 2011

Snapshots of research findings

The pamphlet 'Reconstituting Democracy in Europe - Snapshots of Findings' is now available. In this pamphlet, RECON's research is presented in brief, offering snapshots of selected findings from the various research fields under study. Since much of RECON's research will be of interest also beyond academia, this pamphlet aims to present findings in brief to practitioners and policy makers, media and informed readers, civil society actors and interest groups. Available in print and pdf. Read more.



New RECON reports

Two new reports have recently been issued in RECON's Report Series. After Globalisation: New Patterns of Conflict and their Sociological and Legal Re-constructions,edited by Christian Joerges (in co-operation with Tommi Ralli), discussesthe potential of the 'Conflicts Law as Constitutional Form' approachfor globalisation and the EU (RECON Report 15). European Constitutionalism without Private Law - Private Law without Democracy, edited by Christian Joerges and Tommi Ralli, discusses the Europeanisation of private law (RECON Report 14).All RECON publications.



New RECON working papers

Four new RECON Online Working Papers have been published in June-August. Türkeş analyses the EU’s human rights policy towards Turkey (2011/21) and Müftüler-Baç investigates the EU’s double challenge of democracy and multiculturalism by analyzing Turkey’s accession process (2011/20). Peters examines public opinion towards the EU’s Common Foreign, Security and Defence Policy (2011/19), whereas Altman and Mayes explore inequality, localisation and voluntarism in social welfare provision in the US and Europe (2011/18). All 2011 RECON Online Working Papers.



New book: Karl Polanyi, Globalisation and the Potential of Law in Transnational Markets

Christian Joerges and Josef Falke are the editors of a new volume which appeared on Hart in June 2011. In light of the growing sensitivity to the social and economic risks of disembedding politics, the book discusses Polanyi's insights in the age of globalisation. It is based on discussions at a joint CRC 597/RECON WP 9 workshop in Bremen in February 2009. Read more.



Vacant position as RECON research assistant at ARENA, University of Oslo

ARENA - Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo announces a position as a full time research assistant to support the RECON team in its scientific and administrative coordinating work. The research assistant will be assumed for one year, starting in September 2011, and will be linked to other projects at ARENA after the end of RECON in January 2012. Applicants must be fluent in English and Norwegian.For more details see the full call text (in Norwegian).The deadline for application is 26 August 2011.



New RECON working papers

Since March, eight new working papers have been published in the RECON Online Working Paper Series. Sigalas investigates whether the work of MEPs affects their chances for re-election (2011/17). Gaus discusses the ontological quality of the state in one paper (2011/16) and suggests a practice turn in the analysis of political legitimacy (2011/15) in another. Eriksen and Fossum present an institutional variant of deliberative theory (2011/14). Fisher Onar scrutinizes the concepts of ‘Europe’, ‘Womanhood’ and ‘Islam’ (2011/13), whereas Forst discusses the concepts of transnational justice and democracy (2011/12). Guasti undertakes a study of the Europeanisation of parliaments in Central and Eastern Europe (2011/11). Olsen investigates European citizenship (2011/10), and finally, Brunkhorst outlines the history of cosmopolitanism (2011/09). All RECON publications.



RECON outreach conference in Brussels

On 19 May 2011, RECON staged a major outreach conference in Brussels. The conference 'Where is European democracy heading?' presented key findings to policy makers, practitioners, journalists and civil society actors. A podcast and pictures from the event are available, as well as a pamphlet with selected findings. Read more.


New RECON Report on political legitimacy

The new report 'Political Legitimacy and Democracy in Transnational Perspective', edited by Rainer Forst and Rainer Schmalz-Bruns, asks what kind of political legitimacy trans- or supranational normative orders can draw on. Must the legitimacy of a normative political order rely on democratic procedures or could there be other sources, such as higher-order considerations of economic welfare, legal security, constitutional coordination, political effectiveness or, even more abstract, ‘public reason’ or some notion of material justice? The volume stems from RECON's WP 1, which  seeks to develop an overarching theoretical approach to the study of European democracy. Read more.



New RECON working papers

Eight working papers have been published in the RECON Online Working Paper Series thus far in 2011. Eric Miklin and Ben Crum examine how the formal links between the European Parliament and national parliaments are used in practice (2011/08). John Erik Fossum scrutinises MacCormick’s liberal nationalism (2011/07). Agustín J. Menéndez offers a reconstruction and critical analysis of Joerges’ conflicts theory of European Union law (2011/06). Olga Brzezińska, Beata Czajkowska and David Skully analyse the transformation of Polish collective identity (2011/05) and Mihály Csákó examines education for democracy in Hungarian schools (2011/04). Christopher Lord and Dionysia Tamvaki evaluate the democratic quality of representation at the EU level (2011/03). Menéndez outlines the key elements of a constitutional theory of European law based on MacCormick’s theory of European constitutional pluralism (2011/02). Finally, Radostina Primova explores the role of online public consultations in enhancing democratic legitimacy of EU governance (2011/01). All RECON publications.



New book on the democratic control of internationalized security policy

Wolfgang Wagner is the author of a new volume which appeared on Nomos in November 2010 (in German). On the basis of case studies on military interventions, Europol and the European arrest warrant, the book shows that the internationalization of security policy has led to a democratic deficit: both parliamentary control and the protection of human rights have become less effective as a result of internationalization. The content of the book partly overlaps with the author's work in RECON's WP 6, which analyses the EU's foreign and security dimension. Read more.