The main purpose of the seminars is to organise academic workshops for the presentation and discussion of undergoing research from the members of the group, with special emphasis on its young researchers and PhD students. The activity is meant to be a space for meeting, stimulating and improving EU research while also training towards participation in the most important conferences at national (AECPA Spain), European (ECPR; UACES) and international (EUSA; APSA; IPSA) levels. A further benefit from the seminars also derives in the tutoring and advising on how to best disseminate their results in high-impact factor journals.

The EUGov Research Seminars are organised approximately once every three months. They are open to all professors, researchers and PhD students of Political Science department and beyond. At times, special experts or travelling researchers to UAB will also be invited to present their research on EU topics. The organisation of the Seminars also counts upon collaboration with the programme of seminars from the Political Science Department.

You can find a list below of previously organised seminars. We will also announce further meetings in our News section. Finally, if you were interested in participating and/or presenting your own research, please get in touch with us to discuss a possible intervention!


Seminar 1:

Friday, December 14, 2018. 11:00-13:00 h.
Faculty of Political Science and Sociology, Sala de Postgrau
Speaker: Andrea Lanaia (PhD Student)

Abstract

The pattern of EU involvement of in energy and climate policy via both positive and negative integration has become a staple topic of scholarly research. While the EU has progressively come to regulate an area previously considered as a matter of ‘high’ politics subject to strong sovereign reservations, there is little theoretical consensus on the root causes of such dynamic. The adoption of the first integrated climate & energy package of 2009 has been mostly attributed to policy entrepreneurship by the Commission. By contrast, subsequent developments have been interpreted as a new ‘intergovernmentalist turn’ spurred by the global involvement of the European Council in the provision of coordination among incoherent policy goals and instruments with a view to limit future domestic implementation costs and problems. Focusing on the case of electricity regulation, it is however possible to show how the initial approach to positive and negative integration has suffered from the ‘joint-decision trap’ inefficiencies and how the second integrated climate & energy package currently under negotiation offers solutions that exceed the boundaries of strict intergovernmental policy coordination. Building on historical institutionalism, neofunctionalism and agenda-setting historical propositions, the last stage of the evolution of electricity regulation is therefore better explained by skilful and strategic exploitation on the part of supranational institutions of increased interdependence, unintended consequences and functional spillovers.