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In this PhD workshop with John Erik Fossum, PhD participants will discuss questions of globalisation, Europeanisation and state transformation they encounter in their own work.

Event details of Globalisation, Europeanisation and State Transformation
Date 27 May 2015
Time 13:00 -16:00
Location Oudemanhuispoort
Room Faculty of Law, E 1.08

The PhD workshop is organised by the Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies ( ACCESS EUROPE).


Today’s globalising world poses three closely interrelated challenges to scholars of political science and law. One is empirical: to understand the nature, direction and magnitude of the state transformation that is going on. The second is theoretical-conceptual and pertains to the concepts and theories we use to depict the transformations. The third is normative and pertains to the need to evaluate what the transformations are doing to the fundamental constitutive principles, values and systems of governing that mark our contemporary societies.

In addressing these questions it is important to keep in mind that the modern European nation-state whose normative template of constitutionally based national democracy predominates our normative imagination and the conceptual categories we use to depict our contemporary reality. There is thus a distinct conceptual order that gives meaning and shape to the political entity that we have grown accustomed to and that we cherish (more or less).

Europe is the place where these three sets of challenges, the empirical, the conceptual, and the normative, are most clearly pronounced and recognized as challenges to nation-state-based democracy. It is therefore natural to take Europe as our point of departure but the analysis has broader implications and relevance.

On 27 May Access Europe organizes a PhD workshop with John Erik Fossum, at UvA Law Faculty, Room E 1.08 from 13:00 to 16:00. We invite PhDs to discuss questions of globalisation, Europeanisation and state transformation they encounter in their own work in this workshop.

In his introductory remarks John Erik will first seek to unpack the European situation through drawing on four comparative strategies. Our thinking is very much driven by explicit and implicit comparison; John Erik will try to shed light on globalization and state transformation by explicitly drawing on comparative strategies. Note that these comparative strategies are relevant to any process of state transformation, anywhere in the world.

Thereafter John Erik will discuss a particularly pressing problem, namely differentiation. We are through our conceptual nation-state framework and normative lenses conditioned to think of the nation-state as the basic way of organizing territorial and functional differentiation. The EU represents the emergence of a very different way of organizing these principles. How does this manifest itself and what are the broader theoretical and normative implications?

After a short introduction by John Erik Fossum, the workshop is focused on the discussion of participant’s own work.

If you want to participate, please submit a short (max 3 pages) summary of your PhD project in which you answer 4 guiding questions, which will help structure the debate:

  • What do you study?
  • How do you study it?
  • Why do you study it?
  • How do you see your research relating to the themes discussed in this workshop?


If you are interested in participating, please register before 20 May with Eljalill Tauschinsky:


Room Faculty of Law, E 1.08

Oudemanhuispoort 4-6
1012 CN Amsterdam