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International Research Workshop: “Crisis Contained, Democracy Diminished? The Politics of the Eurozone Financial Crisis”

September 19, 2014

Location:Senate Room Robertson Hall

The Eurozone financial crisis and its political management are frequently described as a setback for democratic governance in the European Union (EU). However, is it possible that the increased focus on EU democratic governance resulting from the crisis, has also sparked a more politically engaged EU citizenry? If so, are the longer-term implications for EU-level democracy necessarily negative?

“Crisis Contained, Democracy Diminished? The Politics of the Eurozone Financial Crisis”, aims to enrich the prevailing critical discussions of the Eurozone crisis and its implications by shifting the analytical focus away from the role of key EU institutions such as the European Central Bank and economically dominant Member States, namely Germany. Instead, the conference research themes explore how the financial crisis has impacted the nature of EU democracy, and its current and future implications for EU electoral politics and civic engagement.

The conference features innovative research from established and emerging younger scholars with an expertise in European integration politics from throughout Europe and North America. The day-long conference will begin with a round table, followed by panel discussions on diverse aspects of crisis or post-crisis politics in the EU. Panel themes to be discussed include the role of political elites in crisis management at the European and national level, the results of the 2014 European Parliament election, and the potentiality of crisis-induced politicization.

The conference will take place September 19, 2014 at Carleton University, in the Senate Room, Roberson Hall. All are welcome.  Further information and registration here.