Conference Objectives and Rationale
Sixty years since the entry into force in 1952 of the first European Community (Steel and Coal), a precursor to the current European Union (launched by the 1993 Maastricht Treaty and culminating - after several subsequent treaty reforms - into the 2009 Lisbon Treaty), it is time to offer a comprehensive and comparative analysis of the impact of European membership, a phenomenon known in the academic literature as “Europeanization”.
There is a huge literature on Europeanization, although very little of a comparative or of a comprehensive type. The event will try to bridge this important gap, as well as consider another important conceptual dimension: is the concept of Europeanization still useful? There is a limited but growing “dissenting” academic view that claims it only amounts to a fad and not a method of analysis.
A wide range of policy areas as well as EU institutions and member states will be analyzed from all three accepted Europeanization dimensions to date: downloading, uploading and cross-loading. Special attention will be also paid to the impact of Europeanization on Greece and in particular on its economy and on its foreign policy.
The general topics of the Conference may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The Concept of Europeanization
- Europeanization and the economy: the euro
- Europeanization and Public Policies
- Europeanization and Multi-Level Governance
- EU institutions and other key non-state actors
- Greek economic/financial crisis and Europeanization
- Europeanization and foreign policy
The Institute of International Economic Relations will publish a significant number of the conference's papers in an edited Volume, while other papers will be published in the quarterly scientific journal of the Institute “Agora Without Frontiers” and on the website of the Institute, after scholarly peer review.