Call for Proposals “Regulatory Governance in the EU”


The ECPR Standing Group on the European Union (https://standinggroups.ecpr.eu/sgeu/) is hosting its 10th Biennial Conference on 3-6 June 2020 at the LUISS School of Government in Rome.  The conference as a whole is a great opportunity.  The deadline for paper and panel proposals is 16 December 2019 (https://ecpr.eu/Events/143).

This call for submissions is directed at anyone working on Regulatory Governance in the EU.  This is one of the subsections of the conference (https://ecpr.eu/Events/AcademicProgramme/SectionList/143).  The organizers are Mark Thatcher, mthatcher@luiss.it, and Jonathan Zeitlin, j.h.zeitlin@uva.nl

This section invites panel and paper proposals on current trends and transformations in the scope, forms, functions, and consequences of EU regulatory governance – economic, social and cultural. Contributions are welcomed on major themes such as: Is EU regulatory governance becoming more uniform, centralized, and supranationalized, e.g. through the creation of stronger European agencies, single rule books, and supervisory convergence procedures? Or do recent developments in fields from market regulation and competition to social and environmental protection still leave space for accommodation of national diversity and revision in light of implementation experience, in line with theories of networked regulation and experimentalist governance? Are persistent divergences in national preferences and conditions leading to the emergence of new forms of differentiated integration, whereby member states can opt in or out of EU rules and policies? And if so, what are the implications for the integrity and coherence of the Single Market? How far has the EU been able to balance or combine economic and non-economic aims in regulating different markets? What conflicts arise between preserving the Single Market and relations with non-EU states or prospective leavers from the EU such as the UK? The section also welcomes papers that examine the effects of EU regulatory governance, and that compare its external and internal dimensions, including placing it in the wider global context. It invites linkage between empirical papers and broader theoretical approaches to EU integration and policymaking, such as intergovernmentalism and (neo/post) functionalism, governance theories, institutionalisms, and constructivism.

We strongly encourage full Panel proposals, ideally those with diverse compositions. Please consider adding a note stating whether you are willing to serve as Discussant or Chair for another Panel of this Section, especially if you are submitting a stand-alone Paper proposal. Anyone should not hesitate to contact the Chairs for informal inquiries.