Gabriele Abels - What role for a 'Europe with the regions'? - 23/03/2017

About the lecture

For a long time, European integration has been blind towards the regions. Debates about a stronger role of regions began in the 1990s, leading to what become known as ‘Europe of the regions’. However, this optimistic vision is until today not realized for a number of reasons. Recently we can observe a revival in the form of more modest ‘Europe with the regions’. The Lisbon Treaty certainly strengthened the role of regions in Europe. Simultaneously, macro-regional strategies were developed. The presentation addresses the question if a more regionalized strategy for European integration is a promising alternative to the previous route.

About the speaker

Prof. dr. Gabriele Abels is Jean Monnet Chair (W3-Professorship) of “Comparative Politics and European Integration” at the Institute for Political Science, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen. She is also President of the German Association for Political Science (DVPW). 

Her main areas of expertise in teaching and research are European Integration, Regulatory policy-making (especially food regulation and agencification of risk regulation) Science and technology studies (especially biotechnology policy, technology assessment), Comparative Politics, comparative policy analysis , Democratization of the EU (especially the role of parliaments in the EU & Mutilevel parliamentarism) 

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Thursday 23 March 2017, 17 - 18u30, Aula M.002

Participation is free, but online registration is mandatory.