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Title: Have eurosceptics won the argument? The costs of non-engagement

By: Simon Usherwood (University of Surrey)
Date and Time: Thursday 15 May, 2014, 13.00 - 15.0 hrs.
Location: Spiegelzaal (GG. 80-82)
Faced with European elections next year where eurosceptics are likely to do better than ever before, and with public opinion turning away from the EU, this address will consider whether the debate on European integration has shifted in favour of the sceptics. By first unpacking the nature and spread of euroscepticism, it is possible to understand how the present situation has been driven by both short- and long-term factors. In so doing, it is also possible to identify the limits to euroscepticism and its impact on the EU and to think about how a future interaction between pro- and anti-EU sides might work.
 About the scholar:
Simon Usherwood is Associate Dean and Senior Lecturer at the Universy of Surrey (UK). His research focuses on euroscepticism and the opposition to the European Union, looking at how oppositional groups organise, operate and impact on the European integration process.  In particular, Simon works on groups in the UK, France and operating at a European level, as well as an emerging strand of research on how the EU and national governments might engage with sceptical voices.

For more information on the subject please visit a 2012 speical issue that Simon edited (with Nick Startin and Simona Guerra) in the Journal of Common Market Studies “Euroscepticism as a Persistant Phenomenon” http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jcms.2013.51.issue-1/issuetoc.


For more information  on Simon Usherwood see http://www.surrey.ac.uk/politics/people/simon_usherwood/


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
Maastricht University
Grote Gracht 90-92
6211 SZ Maastricht
The Netherlands


Members of the Local Organizing Committee: Christine Arnold, Arjan Schakel, Maarten Vink

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).

For additional information, please visit:

Organisers: Dr Giselle Bosse (Maastricht) and Dr Veronica Junjan (Twente)