IR & Politics Research Seminar: Jozef Bátora

The International Relations Department at WVPU is pleased to announce the next date for its Politics and IR Research Seminar Series, which is providing a platform to WVPU's IR faculty and invited academic guests to discuss new scholarly output and receive comments and feedback from colleagues and students. For students this is an excellent opportunity to gather firsthand experience with ongoing academic debates and research, as well as academic working methods.. The format is a classic one: 45 minutes presentation followed by a 30-45 minute Q&A session.

The Politics & IR Research Seminar Series will continue on October 9th 2019 with Prof. Jozef Bátora, PhD presenting his current research: The EU as a Segmented Political Order

In this presentation building on a forthcoming book co-edited with John E. Fossum, I argue that the EU has been transformed through the many crises which it has faced and the manner in which it has responded to them. The EU has gone through structural mutation. This is associated with the entrenchment of certain ideas, policy styles and institutional arrangements that are best understood from the perspective of segments and segmentation. A standard definition of the term segment would refer to a pattern of linking participants who share common conceptions of problems, solutions and choice opportunities in policy-making (Christensen and Egeberg, 1979). What is of theoretical importance for this endeavor is that, even if segmentation is a well-known and -commented-on phenomenon in states (often depicted as “iron triangles” – see Allison and Zelikow, 1999), the phenomenon has generally been observed and analyzed at meso-level and as a phenomenon that is confined to certain issue-areas. The question raised here is what such traits imply for a political system that falls well short of being a state. I argue that the EU’s structural mutations and segmentation can be studied by tracing the emergence of the EU’s interstitial organizations – emerging in interstices between established institutional fields, recombining rules and norms and producing new interaction patterns in policy making. This includes the European External Action Service (EEAS), European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG).

Unless indicated otherwise, the Research Seminars will be held on Wednesdays, 14.00-15.30 in room 0.16.

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