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Critique as an Opportunity for Legitimation: The Case of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme

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Criticisms directed at the European Union (EU) and its institutions over the past decade have often been interpreted as a sign of fundamental weakness. However, using the EU Emissions Trading Scheme as an example, Claire Godet argues that contestation should not be seen as a sign of failure, but rather as an opportunity for justification.

Russia-Ukraine Energy Disputes: Between War and Contracts

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This article is based on research presented at the UACES Graduate Forum Conference 2018 (12-13 July, KU Leuven, Belgium) As a result of the Euromaidan and the ouster of President Yanukovich, Russia-Ukraine relations hit rock-bottom with the former´s military intervention in Ukrainian territory. Based on previous disputes, it seemed justified to fear that gas relations between the […]

Make a Real Impact with Your Research

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Kamila Feddek summarises her key takeaway messages from the UACES Doctoral Training Academy 2018  to help researchers in European Studies engage with audiences outside academia and make their research impactful.  Researchers have a wealth of academic knowledge, evidence and expertise that can help inform, design, improve and test policies, and ultimately make a positive impact on people’s […]

How to Use Simulations to Boost Interest in Studying the EU

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JCER recently published an article in the Teaching, Learning and the Profession section entitled: The Effectiveness of Simulations as an Outreach Tool: Using Simulations to Boost Interest in EU-related Higher Education Study. Authors Karen Heard-Lauréote, Vladimir Bortun and Milan Kreuschitz explain how simulations can prove effective when used as university outreach tools to enhance secondary […]

How to Publish and Promote Your Research | Insights from the #UACESdta

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The 2018 edition of the UACES Doctoral Training Academy gathered fifty postgraduate students and Early-Career Researchers (ECRs) from all over the world at Aston University, Birmingham, on the 24th of November 2018. Olga Litvyak reports on the mix of roundtable discussions, talks and workshops devoted to navigating the world of academic publishing. After a welcome […]

Beyond the Brussels Bubble? National Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the European Union

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The Journal of Contemporary European Research (JCER) recently published a special issue on the role of civil society in European Union policymaking and democratisation. Editors Rosa Sanchez Salgado and Andrey Demidov explain how it constitutes an original account of what is happening in the member states, beyond the world of well-established organisations in Brussels. This special […]

Merkel, Coalition Politics and Negotiating the Common European Asylum System: Constrained by Domestic Actors?

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This article is based on research presented at the UACES Graduate Forum Conference 2018 (12-13 July, KU Leuven, Belgium) In parliamentary democracies the cabinet makes policy decisions. When a cabinet is formed around a coalition of parties, the responsibility for decision-making is shared. However, coalition parties remain politically independent actors, resulting in competition and disagreements over […]

The EU as a Normative Power: the Issue of Eurocentric Approaches to EU Action Analysis

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When viewed as a normative power, is the European Union (EU) an exceptional actor? Aiste Pagirenaite dissects the Economic Partnership Agreements negotiated between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, and argues that the EU’s norm promotion tools also serve its strategic interests. Two of the most prominent accounts explaining the […]

The Perception of European Identity in Scotland

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Publication resulting from the UACES Graduate Forum Conference 2018 Perceptions of vulnerability within small states can lead to stronger national identity, but also to affiliations with bigger organisation, such as the EU, which grant external shelter. Using Scotland as an example, Alastair Mackie asks whether these dynamics can impact European identity among citizens of small states. […]

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