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May
21
Mon
2018
Corporate Dimensions of Globalisation @ Cappella, Villa Schifanoia
May 21 @ 9:00 am – May 22 @ 5:00 pm

This workshop brings together researchers working on different aspects of globalisation. Speakers will present papers dealing with direct and indirect taxation; tax competition and multinational enterprises; foreign direct investment; structural reform and electoral outcomes; and the design of investment and trade agreements. The workshop is intended to inform research on EU external and governance challenges confronting the global trading system.

 

Programme and registration

May
24
Thu
2018
New European Agenda for Culture @ Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia
May 24 @ 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Today, the European Union faces challenges that make culture a key battleground in struggles over identity, cohesion and solidarity. Among them are resurgent nationalism, racism and populism, the related othering of migrants, disputes over historical memory, the implications of Brexit.  These challenges have contributed, as the French President Emmanuel Macron just recently put it, to the emergence of a ‘civil war’ on the plane of ideas and values.  Moreover, they all bear directly upon our cultural self-identifications  as well as the nature of our cultural engagement with the rest of the world.

The new European Agenda for Culture, to be published on 22 May by the European Commission, will see the light of day in this highly fraught context.  The Creative Europe programme has focused in major ways on the contribution of the creative and cultural industries to employment, skills, building the Digital Single Market and achieving global competitiveness.  EU cultural strategies have also promoted the flourishing of the cultural in non-instrumental ways.  The new Agenda for Culture will have all this to do and much more in the current conjuncture and our workshop will therefore need to consider it both critically and constructively from a variety of political, legal and practical perspectives.  Notable among them is the place of the EU as a cultural actor on the international scene.  The deployment of cultural resources as a currency of ‘soft power’ has been a particular focus since the Preparatory Action of 2014 on ‘Culture in EU External Relations’.  EU cultural diplomacy remains challenged today by the inherent tension between instrumental approaches and the flourishing of cultural communication and exchange in and for themselves.  How well does the new Agenda for Culture address this tension  and rise to the challenge of ‘global cultural citizenship’ advocated by the Preparatory Action?

Programme

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May
28
Mon
2018
Migration Working Group @ Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia
May 28 @ 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm

12.30 – 14.00

Lunch Seminar on Migration and Cities
Tiziana Caponio | University of Turin
Tomás Jiménez | Stanford University, tbc

14.00 – 15.45

Max Weber Migration and Citizenship Group Presentations

Carolin Schmitz | European University Institute
Welcoming the New Healer: Early Modern Medical Practitioners and Their Processes of Integration into Foreign Communities

Vivian Gerrand | European University Institute
Building Resilience to Violent Extremism via Image-Making: a Comparative Case Study of Somalis in Italy and the UK

15.45 – 16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.30 Naoko Hosokawa | European University Institute
Word Choice and Identity Construction in Multicultural Communities: A Case of British Discourse on Europe

Sergio Lo Iacono | European University Institute
The Perks and The Costs of Living in a Social Bubble. How Homogeneous Ego- Networks Affect Generalized Trust

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May
31
Thu
2018
Re-engaging Grand Theory: European Integration in the 21st Century @ Theatre, Badia Fiesolana
May 31 @ 2:00 pm – Jun 1 @ 6:15 pm
Re-engaging Grand Theory: European Integration in the 21st Century @ Theatre, Badia Fiesolana | Fiesole | Toscana | Italy

“Re-engaging Grand Theory: European Integration in the 21st Century” conference is jointly organized by Prof. Liesbet Hooghe (UNC Chapel Hill and European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre) and Burton Craige Distinguished Professor Gary Marks (UNC-Chapel Hill; Chair in Multilevel Governance, VU Amsterdam). 

This conference examines the validity and use-value of theories that seek to explain the course of European integration. How have the events of the 21st Century confirmed or disconfirmed our understanding of the political dynamics of the European Union and of European (dis)integration? Have they confirmed some theories and disconfirmed others? How have they shifted the problematics of research? What new puzzles and perspectives have come to the fore?

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

 

 

Jun
7
Thu
2018
Evidence-based policy-making: from data to decision-making @ Cappella, Villa Schifanoia
Jun 7 – Jun 9 all-day

Scientific Coordinator: Gaby Umbach | Director Globalstat, Global Governance Programme, European University Institute

 

INTRODUCTION

In times of increasing populism and contestation of politics, reliable information plays a vital role for well-informed policy-making based on evidence rather than emotions and fake news. The popular legitimacy of any political system around the world today, perhaps more than ever, thus depends on its effective capacity to successfully deliver good and targeted outcomes as a policy shaper and lawmaker based on facts. These outcomes have to be based on reliable data in order to make political decisions understandable, assessable, sustainable and future-proof. Within the preparatory and scrutinising processes of policy-making, policy proposals, legislative acts and implementation arrangements are increasingly being assessed and evaluated on the basis of factual evidence and statistical data. Such evidence-based monitoring is increasingly recognised as a complex steering mode in itself resulting from changing governance patterns, supranationalisation and globalisation. In this view, evidence-based policy-making reflects the need to re-structure the interaction between the political actors of different institutional origin and political levels, and represents an influential policy instrument at the border of the politics and policy dimensions of multilevel political systems.

While the demand for independent sources of evidence and expertise in policy-making has therefore grown enormously in the past, the landscape of data sources and the ways in which best to inject evidence into policy-making have increased exuberantly and can easily become confusing for any nondata scientist. The present Executive Training Seminar aims to contribute to a better understanding of different modes and instruments of evidence-based policy-making. It will examine recent developments in evidence-based policy-making, data science and policy evaluation, including various tools of impact and implementation assessment, scientific evaluation, strategic foresight, the policyoriented use of large data resources and data visualisation. The main purpose of this Executive Training Seminar is to provide fresh ideas on how to develop a convincing toolbox for providing evidence for policy-makers, including critical assessments of the limits of empirical and data evidence in defining new policies. Through presentations, case studies, and ‘hands on’ work, participants will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of main issues related to evidence-based policy-making.

 

DRAFT PROGRAMME

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SPEAKERS

Erik Akse | Impact Assessment Institute, Belgium
Jonathan Breckon (TBC) | Alliance for Useful Evidence, United Kingdom
Tracey Brown | Sense about Science, United Kingdom
Paul Cairney | University of Stirling, United Kingdom
Christian Dietrich (TBC) | European European Union Institute for Security Studies, France
David Mair (TBC) | European Commission, Belgium
Matthias Rumpf | OECD, France
Gaby Umbach | European University Institute, Italy

 

APPLICATIONS

Executive Training Seminars at the Academy of Global Governance are free of charge. Participants are expected, however, to bear the costs of their travel and accommodation themselves. In order to apply for participation, please fill in the application form before 23 May 2018.

For applicants from the LDCs (as defined by the United Nations) there is a limited number of merit-based scholarships available. Please include a motivation letter in your application. Deadline for scholarship requests: 15 May 2018.

Jun
20
Wed
2018
Populism and the globalization backlash: scenarios for the WTO and 21st century trade agreements @ Villa Schifanoia
Jun 20 – Jun 22 all-day

Scientific Coordinators: Chad P. Bown | Peterson Institute, and Bernard Hoekman | European University Institute

Cappella

Villa Schifanoia, Via Boccaccio 121 – Florence

@GlobGovProgram

 

20-22 June 2018

 

INTRODUCTION

The increasingly open, rules-based trading system has been a driver of global economic growth and rising average per capita incomes since 1947. Yet opposition currently confronts the system from a number of different quarters. While some of the concerns arising from populists are ill-founded, other concerns, including adjustment costs and distributional effects of globalization, and the ability to pursue national policy goals – raise important questions for the design of international agreements. Furthermore, the development of complex production relations distributed across many countries seemingly demands cooperation on a variety of regulatory policies at the same time that the populist backlash is arguing for greater national autonomy. Where to draw the lines? This seminar examines these issues, including a focus on the traditional integration agenda that centers on rule-making by major trading powers on policies that generate negative international spillovers.

 

DRAFT PROGRAMME

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Speakers:

Emily Blanchard | Tuck School of Business
Chad P. Bown | Peterson Institute
Bernard Hoekman | European University Institute
Petros C. Mavroidis | Columbia Law School
Douglas Nelson | Tulane University
Mark Wu | Harvard Law School

 

 

APPLICATIONS

Executive Training Seminars at the Academy of Global Governance are free of charge. Participants are expected, however, to bear the costs of their travel and accommodation themselves. In order to apply for participation, please fill in the application form before 8 June 2018.

For applicants from the LDCs (as defined by the United Nations) there is a limited number of merit-based scholarships available. Please include a motivation letter in your application. Deadline for scholarship requests: 1 June 2018.

Jul
9
Mon
2018
Empirical Investigations in Services Trade Third Biennial Conference @ Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia
Jul 9 – Jul 10 all-day

Call for Papers

Organised by: Trade Policy Research Network, CEPR | Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI, Florence | TEDU-Trade Research Center, Ankara | World Trade Institute, Bern

We invite submissions of papers and expressions of interest in attending the Third Empirical Investigations in Services Trade (EIST) conference. The meeting will take place on July 9-10 in Florence, Italy, hosted by the Global Governance Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute. The theme of the conference is economic analysis of trade and investment in services. We welcome submissions related to any aspect of international trade and investment in services, including empirical analyses of sectoral policy and regulation, trade and investment agreements, labor market adjustment and trade or investment in services, the role of services in value chains and offshoring and analysis using firm-level data.
 
Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered for one author of accepted papers. The meeting is open to attendees who are not presenting papers, subject to space constraints. Participants who are interested in attending must fund their own travel expenses as only limited funding is available.
 
Conference Format: The programme will include 10-12 papers, with one hour per paper devoted to presentation, discussant remarks, and open discussion.  
 
Submissions:
The (draft) papers should be submitted by Sunday 29 April 2018.  Selections will be made and authors notified by May 11. A final conference schedule will be posted on the conference website at the end of May.

The Scientific Committee

Nazire Nergiz Dinçer, TEDU
Matteo Fiorini, EUI
Joseph Francois, University of Bern & CEPR
Bernard Hoekman, EUI & CEPR
Ayça Tekin-Koru, TEDU

Jul
11
Wed
2018
Services in the global economy: analytical tools and policy frontiers @ Villa Schifanoia
Jul 11 @ 9:00 am – Jul 13 @ 1:00 pm

 

Scientific Coordinators: Matteo Fiorini and Bernard Hoekman | European University Institute

Cappella

Villa Schifanoia, Via Boccaccio 121 – Florence

@GlobGovProgram

 

11-13 July 2018

 

INTRODUCTION

 

The rise of services is a common feature in the way patterns of consumption, production and trade are changing all over the world. Services shape the structure of developed economies and direct the economic transformation that accompanies the process of development. Acquiring the tools to understand the role of services and of related policies in contemporary world economy is a necessary condition for global governance. This executive training will draw from rigorous academic research and distill relevant concepts and facts from the economics of services. Equipped with such a toolkit, participants will engage directly with a number of pressing policy challenges. How can we identify the winners and losers of servicification and design a services-led strategy for sustainable development? How shall we rethink industrial policy, regulations and trade agreements to make sure that modern services sectors and trade will deliver higher welfare to everybody?

 

DRAFT PROGRAMME

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Speakers:

Nick Ashton-Hart | Consensus Optimus, Switzerland
Ingo Borchert | University of Sussex, United Kingdom
Matteo Fiorini | European University Institute, Italy
Bernard Hoekman | European University Institute, Italy
Erik van der Marel | European Centre for International Political Economy & Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

 

APPLICATIONS

Executive Training Seminars at the Academy of Global Governance are free of charge. Participants are expected, however, to bear the costs of their travel and accommodation themselves. In order to apply for participation, please fill in the application form before 30 June 2018.

For applicants from the LDCs (as defined by the United Nations) there is a limited number of merit-based scholarships available. Please include a motivation letter in your application. Deadline for scholarship requests: 23 June 2018.