European Workshop 2001


Europeanization and the Transformation of European Politics:

Policies, Interests and Institutions

Rethymno, Crete - September 10-15, 2001

Description: The Centre for European Studies and Research (Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence)  of the University of Crete organises annually in September a one-week European Workshop on  key European Union themes at the post-graduate level. The workshop aims to:

The European Workshop 2001, jointly organised by the Department of Political Science and the Department of Sociology at the University of Crete, explores the concept and practice of Europeanization. It aims to cover developments in: (a) European politics and policy (Europeanization of policies, institutions and interests and impact on political communication and the construction of a European public space), and (b) European political and social science (the emergence of the concept of Europeanization, its application, its limitations and its effects in the areas of European studies and comparative European politics). Within the broader area of EU studies, the workshop aims to encourage the study of Europeanization as a critical focus area for the examination of the multilevel interactions which accompany the construction of Europe.

The speakers are distinguished experts in the field. They include theorists of Europeanization processes, policy analysts, area specialists, European political party experts and experts in European political communication. They will be requested to give two three-hour seminars on a topic of their choice (to be finalized in consultation with the convenors). Speakers will be expected to invite to the seminars at least two of their graduate students. The convenors will cover travel and accommodation expenses for the whole week for the speakers and provide assistance to selected graduate student participants.

Target Group: Post-doctoral researchers as well as graduate and doctoral students interested in European integration. Particularly, but not exclusively, students preparing theses in European studies, comparative European politics, political sociology, and the political economy of European integration

Expected Results: The workshop will contribute to (i) strengthening the contacts between scholars specializing in EU matters, (ii) increasing the interest of young researchers and post-graduate students in European integration issues, and (iii) assimilating information through the publication of the proceedings 

Fees: There is no admission or participation fee

 Accommodation: Accommodation with breakfast will be provided to a limited  number of students, selected on merit and on a first come basis.

Invited Speakers (and topics):

·         Dr. Laura Cram, Department of Government, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom

·         Professor Sergio Fabbrini, Department of Political Science, University of Trento, Italy

·         Professor Kevin Featherstone, Department of European Studies, University of Bradford, United Kingdom

 ·         Professor Maria Kousis, Department of Sociology, University of Crete, Greece

·         Dr. Robert Ladrech, Director, Keele European Research Centre, Keele University, United Kingdom

·         Professor Joseph Lekakis,  Department of Economics, University of Crete, Greece

·         Professor Philip Schlesinger, Director, Stirling Media Research Institute, University of Stirling, United Kingdom

·         Dr. Susanne K. Schmidt, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Germany

·        Professor Michael Tsinisizelis, Department of Political Science & Public Administration, University of Athens, Greece . 

Working Language: English

Organizing Committee:

Administrative Assistance:

Contact Persons: Dr. Andreas Moschonas, Department of Sociology, University of Crete, 74100 Rethymno, Greece. Tel.: +30 831 77484. Fax: +30 831 77467. E-mail: OR Dr. Kostas A. Lavdas, Department of Political Science, University of Crete, 74100 Rethymno, Greece. Tel.: +30 831 77453. Fax: +30 831 77455. E-mail: (please use the attached application & registration form in Acrobat format. Forms also available at Word 97/2000 format).




 Monday 10 September

10.00 – 11.30 Arrival / Registration (at the Main Library) &  brief introductory talks

12.00– 14.30 Session 1: Kevin Featherstone, “Europeanization in Southern Europe”(I)

16.00– 18.30 Session 2: Sergio Fabbrini, “Europeanization of the Governmental System: A Strengthening of Executive Power?” (I)

21.00  Dinner 


Tuesday 11 September

9.00 – 12.00 Session 3: Sergio Fabbrini, “Europeanization of the Governmental System: A Strengthening of Executive Power?”(II) 

12.30 – 15.00 Session 4: Robert Ladrech, “Europeanization of Political Parties”(I)

17.30– 20.30 Session 5: Kostas Lavdas, “Europeanization and State-Economy Relations: The Case of Greece”


Wednesday 12 September

9.00 – 12.00 Session 6:  Philip Schlesinger, “A European Public Space?”

12.30 – 15.00 Session 7: Laura Cram, “The Concept of Europeanization”(I)

15.15 – 17.30 Session 8: Presentations by Postgraduate Students / Researchers

18.00 –  20.30 Session 9: Kevin Featherstone, “Europeanization in Southern Europe”(II)


Thursday 13 September

9.00 – 11.30 Session 10: Susanne Schmidt, “Europeanization of Policy: Highly  Regulated Sectors”(I)  

12.00 – 14.30 Session 11: Robert Ladrech, “Europeanization of Political Parties”(II)

16.00 – 17.30 Session 12: Presentations by Postgraduate Students / Researchers

18.00 – 19.30 Session 13: Laura Cram, “The Concept of Europeanization”(II) 


Friday 14 September

9.00 – 11.30 Session 14: Maria Kousis – Joseph Lekakis, “Europeanization of Environmental Policy: A Challenge or Southern Europe”

12.00 – 14.30   Session 15: Susanne Schmidt, “Europeanization of Policy: Highly Regulated  Sectors”(II)

15.00 – 17.30    Session 16: Presentations by Postgraduate Students / Researchers

18.00– 20.30 Session 17: Michael Tsinisizelis, “The Theoretical Import of  Europeanization Approaches: A Constructivist Interpretation”


Saturday 15 September

8.30 Excursion to Knossos, Heraklion




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·        Greek Ministry of Education



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