Politics and Culture in Europe
Director: Prof.dr. Christine Neuhold
Introducing PCE Research
Since its inception in 2003, Politics and Culture in Europe (PCE) posits itself as an interdisciplinary research programme. The programme mainly brings together political scientists and historians but is also open to researchers from other disciplines such as philosophy. The topic that frames PCE research is:
'Europe in a world of change’
As such PCE research drives on three main “pillars”:
- Europe and the process of European integration is key in framing PCE research, but
- PCE researchers take the global context into account
- Change and its explanatory factors is a key ‘driver’ for PCE research.
What binds PCE research is thus that we contrast change to continuity: why is there no change, no transformation, and if there is transformation, what factors account for this, to what extent is ‘crisis’ a driver? Moreover while we have a strong focus on Europe, our research is not Euro-centric but focuses on the global order. Our research also has a strong methodological component; how do we research and capture change?
PCE researchers publish in top peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of West European Politics and the Journal of European Public Policy, the Journal of International Relations, the Journal of Contemporary European Studies, East Central Europe, Contemporary European History, and Journal of Modern European History. PCE researchers have acquired prestigious funding grants both at the national and international level.
PCE research is closely linked to the research that is done within the Centre for European Research in Maastricht (CERiM). CERiM provides a platform for research collaboration that brings together more than one hundred researchers from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) and the Faculty of Law (FL) of Maastricht University. CERiM is acknowledged as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence.