Emory Report
April 4, 2005
Volume 58, Number 25


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April 4, 2005
Halle Institute to sponsor conference on EU government

lailee mendelson is communications specialist for the office of international affairs


With its internationally renowned programs in the humanities and the arts, more than 50 study-abroad opportunities in upwards of a dozen European countries, world-class European collections and archives in the Woodruff Library, and many Europeans working and studying on campus, it’s not surprising that Emory already has something of a reputation for its strong links to Europe.

Lesser known is the wide range of research concerning European Union (EU) governance conducted by scholars found across the University, in schools and departments such as law, public health, nursing, political science, sociology, women’s studies and the Institute of Liberal Arts (ILA), some of which will be the focus of an April 11–12 conference, “European Governance: Challenges for the Future.”

The conference brings together the research networks of Emory faculty experts—including scholars, lawyers, politicians and graduate students from Europe and the United States—for two days of policy-related discussions of European judicial institutions and decision-making; financial institutions and operations; political institutions; parties, media and parliamentary election campaigns; and European policy initiatives. The working conference will provide a venue to facilitate publication of current research and to enhance opportunities for future collaboration.

The conference is sponsored by the Halle Institute for Global Learning and is the inaugural event of the Halle Research Program on Governance. Co-sponsors include the European Central Bank, the Dutch National Science Foundation, the Danish National Foundation, the Amsterdam School of Communications Research and The Halle Foundation. Invited experts from Europe and the United States will be among the invited audience of graduate students and some upper-level undergraduates.

Award-winning faculty from Emory and other U.S. and European institutions will present their research on several panels. The conference begins Monday morning with a session on “European Elections: Parties, Media and Voters.” Presenters include Susan Banducci from Texas Tech University and the University of Twente, whose research is supported by a major grant from the Dutch National Science Foundation, on “Political Participation in Europe: What Difference Does Gender Make?”; Claes de Vreese of the University of Amsterdam, whose research is also funded by the Dutch and Danish national science foundations, on “Campaign Styles in the 2005 European Elections”; and, from Emory, Hubert Tworzecki on “Europe’s Political Parties: A Crisis of Representation or Business as Usual?”; and Holli Semetko on “European Media and Campaign Information Environments.”

The late morning session will focus on “Externalities Arising from EU Policies: European Economic Institutions and Practices.” Speakers include Thomas Plümper from the University of Konstanz, who will speak on “The External Effects of Currency Unions”; Thomas König of the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer on “Principals, Agents and the Process of European Legislation”; Pablo Hernandez de Cos from the European Central Bank and the Bank of Spain on “Fiscal Federalism in Spain under Economic and Monetary Union”; and Emory’s Mark Hallerberg on “Fiscal Federalism in Spain Under Economic and Monetary Union.”

The first afternoon session turns its attention to “Courts, Compliance and the Law in Europe” and will be moderated by John Huber of Columbia University. Presenters include Matthew Gabel of the University of Kentucky and Cliff Carrubba of Emory, who will discuss “The European Court of Justice and its Role in European Integration”; Georg Vanberg of the University of North Carolina on “The Politics of Constitutional Review in Germany”; and, from Emory, Eric Reinhart on “Governance in International Trade Conflicts: The EC at the WTO” and Chris Stanton on “Bureaucratic Oversight of Government Regulatory Compliance: Evidence from Europe.”

The second afternoon session will address “A Discussion on New Challenges for the European Court of Justice” and will include some panelists from the earlier session along with comments from Marie Demetriou, barrister from the Brick Court Chambers, and Damian Chalmers, reader in European Union Law at the London School of Economics & Political Science.

Tuesday morning’s session will focus on “Europe and Turkey,” with presenters Sam Cherribi from Emory on “Turkey and Islam: Contested Issues in Europe”; Hajo Boomgaarden from the University of Amsterdam on “The EU Summit and the Turkish Question: Media Influence on Public Opinion”; and Claes de Vreese on “Media Effects in European Referendums.”

Economist Ludger Schuknecht from the European Central Bank will speak over lunch on Monday, April 11, on the challenges facing the euro zone countries in the context of deficit spending.

To register or for more information, contact the Halle Institute at 404-727-7504.