‘Governing Europe’ and ‘Europe in the World’ Thematic Clusters, Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES)
The Cultures of Governance group examines the transformations of European governance at a variety of scales. Bringing together researchers from a range of disciplines, including anthropology, economics, geography, history, law and political science, it engages the transformations taking place both within Europe and EU Member States, as well as within the EU’s relations with the wider world.
The group’s research is organized around three key sub-themes:
Research within this sub-theme focuses on both the processes and discourses of the Europeanization of policy realms across the EU, as well as the ways in which the European Union engages and interacts with partners beyond its borders: most importantly, in its Eastern and Southern Neighbourhoods, but also in the wider world.
Federalism and Intergovernmentalism in Europe
This sub-theme examines evolving ideas and practices of Europe-making. It examines historical as well as contemporary processes of state formation and the making of institutional architectures, both within and between states. A key focus lies with understanding possible modes and models of European integration but also dis-integration.
The focus of this sub-theme lies with a critical analysis of a range of transnational practices and knowledges of government. Research engages the role of experts and expertise in the making of a European governmentality in a range of fields from economic to cultural policy, both within and beyond Europe.
Since the spring of 2018, the Cultures of Governance research group has been holding a bi-weekly reading and discussion seminar where members and invited guests present on-going research and papers in progress. Coordinators: Claske Vos (Spring 2018) and Jamal Shahin (Autumn 2018).