Research Seminar by Prof. Bátora: Making Sense of the European Union

Wednesday, October 3rd 2018 - 2:00pm - Room 0.16

The International Relations Department at WVPU is delighted to announce the first dates of its new 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. The format is a classic one: 45 minutes presentation followed by a 30-45 minute Q&A session. 

The primary purpose of the Research Seminar Series is to offer a forum to faculty members and invited academics to present their work 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 Politics & IR Research Seminar Series will kick-off on October 3rd 2018 with Prof. Jozef Bátora, PhD presenting his current research: Making Sense of the European Union: Mapping ‘Thought Communities’ in Six EU Member States.

How do Europeans make sense of the European Union (EU) and its processes of integration? We suggest that a useful approach to studying sensemaking in the EU is using ‘relational class analysis’ (RCA) to map out ‘thought communities’ (see Goldberg 2011). To do this, we develop an analytical framework and apply it to analyze survey data from a representative sample of citizens from six EU member states – Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Slovakia (N=4249). There are two main sets of findings. First, we show that there are several identifiable thought communities in each of the surveyed member states. We label them ‘ideologues’, ‘pragmatists’ and ‘communitarians’. This indicates that there exist transnational cognitive foundations of the EU as a political order in and across European societies. Second, we show that there are no identifiable socio-demographic predictors of citizens’ belonging to ‘thought communities’.

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

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