Crisis, Ideas and Policy Transformation: Experts and Expertise in European International Organizations, 1973-1987
30-31 January 2014, Spiegelzaal, Soiron Building, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University
Crisis and crisis experience were central to Western European history between the first oil crisis of 1973 and the creation of the Single European Act. European international organizations (IOs) such as the OECD or the EC played a crucial role in debating and addressing manifold dimensions of crisis, shifting discourses and transforming policies at national and European level. These IOs drew heavily on experts and their expertise in debating and managing crisis and seeking solutions for structural problems. Organized jointly by the University of Portsmouth and Maastricht University on 30-31 January 2014, the workshop investigates who were the experts active within IOs and what type or form of expertise they had and draw upon in agenda-setting, policy deliberation and decision-making. It furthermore discusses the role of experts in policy-making in the respective IOs and their influence on the development of the policy area concerned. The workshop is organized with the generous support of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, FASoS' Research Stimulation and Valorisation Fund, the University of Portsmouth, and the SWOL/Universiteitsfonds Limburg.
Organizers: Dr. Carine Germond (Maastricht/Portsmouth) and Prof. Wolfram Kaiser (Portsmouth)
Full programme (pdf)
The Flemish-Dutch Political Science Conference "Politicologenetmaal" is jointly organized by the Political Science Associations of the Netherlands (NKPW) and Flanders (VPW). University of Maastricht hosts the 13th edition of the conference on 12 and 13 of June, 2014.
The aim of the conference is to bring together political scientists from both countries, while being open to scholars from other countries, for an intensive discussion on ongoing research. Topics covered at the conference can range from comparative politics, international relations, political philosophy, and public management to political economy.
Traditionally, the conference starts on Thursday (noon) and ends on Friday (noon). Most of the work happens in sessions, occupying four time slots (two on Thursday afternoon, two on Friday morning). These sessions typically include 8 to 12 papers. Usually the panels address broad issues, so that there is a sufficiently large base to attract participants. Sessions can take place in Dutch and/or English.
Department of Political Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Grote Gracht 90-92
6211 SZ Maastricht
More information: politicologenetmaal 2014.
NIG Colloquium: The Politics and Governance of Administrative Reform in Central and Eastern Europe
The Colloquium aims to bring together a group of NIG scholars from the Netherlands and Belgium to explore and reflect on the politics and governance of administrative reform in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The Colloquium will analyse the role of external, and especially European, forces in driving administrative reforms in CEE, and the mechanisms through which administrative reforms are stimulated through external governance. The role of internal factors, such as the bureaucratic politics of domestic actors, institutional constraints or legacies of the communist regime, in administrative reforms in Eastern Europe is taken into account as well.
The Colloquium will organise workshops at the Universities of Maastricht (The international politics of administrative reform in CEE) and Twente (The domestic politics of administrative reform in CEE), as well as networking events at the Brussels Campus of Maastricht University. It is funded by a Colloquium Grant from the Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG) (EUR 10.000, 2011-13).
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Organisers: Dr Giselle Bosse (Maastricht) and Dr Veronica Junjan (Twente)