News archive 2012
Excellent final expert evaluation of RECON
A review of RECON’s overall performance commends the project for producing high-quality research that is of great importance for present-day Europe. It is ‘recommended that the empirical findings and the theory developed within RECON be made standard knowledge in textbooks on Europe’. Read more.
European Union Democratic Audit website
The European Union Democratic Audit website aims to provoke discussion about indicators and data sources which might be used to assess how democratic the EU is. The website was launched in October 2011 and has been extensively updated after the end of RECON. Read more.
Website on the Europeanisation of national constitutions
The website on the Europeanisation of national constitutions was launched in October 2007. It has been continuously updated during the lifetime of the project and was completed by the end of 2011. It is offers a comprehensive overview of how national constitutions are adapting to the process of European integration. Read more.
Summary and photos from RECON's outreach seminar
RECON organised its second open outreach event in Oslo on 24 November 2011. The public seminar was held prior to the two-day academic concluding conference and presented key findings to a broad audience. A summary and photos from the event are available here.
Summary and photos from RECON's concluding conference
RECON’s concluding conference was staged in Oslo on 25-26 November 2011. Key findings from five years of research were discussed and the greater, more overarching implications that RECON has generated were discerned. Due attention was also paid to the most pressing issue currently facing the EU, namely the financial crisis. A summary and photos are available here.
New book on multilayered representation in the EU
A new volume edited by Tatjana Evas, Ulrike Liebert and Christopher Lord appeared on Nomos in March 2012. The book Multilayered Representation in the European Union: Parliaments, Courts and the Public Sphere brings eminent scholars together with RECON researchers from three sub-projects – EU constitutionalism; representation and institutional make-up; and civil society and the public sphere – to jointly discuss the EU’s novel configuration of ‘compound representation’ in light of alternatives to parliamentary representation. Read more.
New book: From economic to constitutional crisis in the EU
Agustín J. Menéndez discusses the constitutional implications of the fiscal constitution of the EU in a new book which appeared on EOLAS Ediciones in March 2012 (in Spanish). He reconstructs in detail the handling of the economic, financial, fiscal and institutional crises by the EU in this study, which is undertaken as part of RECON’s WP 7 on the political economy of the EU. Read more.
New Book: Collective identity and democracy in the enlarging Europe
A new volume edited by Magdalena Góra, Zdzislaw Mach and Katarzyna Zielińska appeared on Peter Lang in February 2012. The book is the result of five years of research within RECON’s WP 8 – Identity formation and enlargement on the changing nature of collective identity formation processes in contemporary Europe. Read more.
New book: The challenge of democratic representation in the EU
Sandra Kröger and Dawid Friedrich have edited a volume on the challenge of democratic representation in the EU which appeared on Palgrave Macmillan in February 2012. The volume seeks to uncover dynamics of representation in the EU and speaks to key questions of RECON’s WP 3 – Representation and Institutional Make-up. Read more.
New book: Rethinking democracy and the European Union
Erik Oddvar Eriksen and John Erik Fossum have edited the book Rethinking Democracy and the European Union, which was published on Routledge in January 2012. The book draws upon leading scholars and practitioners from RECON to frame and analyse a range of institutional realms and policy fields. The book questions whether EU politics require a new theory of democracy and draws some key conclusions from the RECON project. Read more.
Special issue on the emerging democratic deficit in the CFSP
Helene Sjursen has edited a special issue of Journal of European Public Policy on 'The EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy: The Quest for Democracy', which appeared in December 2011. The issue critically examines the claim of an emerging democratic deficit in the field of foreign and security policy and points to key questions dealt with in RECON’s WP 6, which analyses the EU’s foreign and security dimension. Read more.
New book: Learning from the EU Constitutional Treaty
Ben Crum is the author of a new book that deals with complex questions pertaining to the possible democratisation of international organisations. It starts from the negative results of the French and Dutch referenda on the EU Constitutional Treaty and the subsequent low-key adoption of the Treaty of Lisbon. The book appeared on Routledge late November 2011 and provides a detailed analysis of the EU Constitutional Treaty process. Read more.
Special issue on conflicts law as constitutional form
A special issue of Transnational Legal Theory guest edited by Christian Joerges, Poul F. Kjaer and Tommi Ralli appeared in November 2011. The issue discusses conflicts law as constitutional form in the postnational constellation and contains contributions by some of the scholars affiliated to RECON’s WP 9, which examines the conditions and prospects of democratization in European transnational legal and political arrangements. Read more.
New RECON reports
Three new reports have been published in RECON’s Report Series. The European Rescue of the European Union?, edited by Chiti, Menéndez and Teixeira analyses the manifold character of the European financial crisis and the causal roles played by the single market and asymmetric monetary integration (RECON Report 19). Identity and Democracy in the New Europe, edited by Brzezińska, Kurucz, Liebert and Sackmann uses Q methodology to elicit and construct identity narratives of German, Hungarian and Polish students and explores whether these correspond to the three RECON democracy models (RECON Report 18). Deliberative Processes and Gender Democracy, edited by Galligan, critically examines the formulation and transposition of gender equality through an EU directive and brings to light the inbuilt weaknesses of democratic institutions, practices and processes from the perspective of gender equality (RECON Report 17). All RECON publications.
New RECON working papers
Seven papers were published at the end of 2011, before the RECON Online Working Paper Series closed down. Closa discusses the rule of unanimity based on the recent Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union (2011/38). Kantner analyses the problem-solving commercium and the ethical communion dimensions of European identity (2011/37). Clavero et al. discuss and test the three RECON democracy models in a feminist perspective (2011/36). Crum analyses three emerging transnational duties of social justice (2011/35). Bicchi studies the role of information and knowledge in the EU foreign policy system (2011/34). Niedźwiedzki examines the transformation of regional and national identities in Silesia (2011/33). Finally, Holst investigates the equal pay controversy in Norway (2011/32). All 2011 RECON Online Working Papers.
New RECON working papers
In the first part of December, five new papers were published. Everson and Joerges promote conflicts-law constitutionalism as a new procedural paradigm of law (2011/31). Kantner examines whether and how Europeans are included in a transnational debate on humanitarian interventions (2011/30). Schelkle
explores how the introduction of choice in welfare arrangements may safeguard the public provision of services (2011/29). Wisniewski investigates why the Lisbon Treaty granted new powers to the European Parliament (2011/28). Thomson offers a critical discussion of the assumed benefits for social inclusion of decentralising the governance of activation (2011/27). Lyons and Cheyne
review social insurance in three different welfare regimes (2011/26). All 2011 RECON Online Working Papers.
New RECON publications
The new RECON Report Extending the Boundaries of Civic Membership, edited by Beata Czajkowska (RECON Report 16) investigates the contending narratives of collective identity in contemporary Poland. Four working papers were also issued in October-November. Iser defends the possibility of European constitutional patriotism by exploring its procedural and substantial dimensions (2011/25). Peters, Wagner and Glahn examine the parliamentary control of military missions (2011/24). Müftüler-Bac and Süleymanoglu-Kürüm analyse the Turkish perceptions of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (2011/23), and finally, Rosén investigates how the European Parliament gained privileged access to confidential documents in the area of security and defence (2011/22).
All RECON publications.