Democracy in Europe

Cycle of seminars
29 febbraio 2016
7 marzo 2016
16 marzo 2016
11 maggio 2016
25 maggio 2016
29 febbraio - 25 maggio 2016

Venue: Department of Sociology and Social research, Via Verdi, 26 - Trento

Next event:

Wednesday 25 May

Room 20, 16-18

  • Prof. Uwe Puetter, Central European University, Budapest (Hungary)

The new intergovernmentalism and European democracy


Full schedule 

Monday 29 February

Room 20, 16-18

  • Prof. Sergio Fabbrini, Università LUISS Guido Carli, Roma
    Which European Union? Europe After the Crisis (CUP, 2015)

Sergio Fabbrini is Director of the Luiss School of Government and Professor of Political Science and International Relations at LUISS Guido Carli, where he holds a Jean Monnet Chair in European Institutions and Politics. He co-founded and then directed the School of International Studies at the University of Trento from 2006 to 2009. Since 1996, he is Recurrent Professor of Comparative Politics at the Department of Political Science and Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California at Berkeley. He was the editor of the Italian Political Science Review from 2003 to 2009. He published fourteen books, two co-authored books and fourteen edited or co-edited books, and hundreds of articles and essays in seven languages in Comparative and European Government and Politics, American Government and Politics, International and Transatlantic Relations and Foreign Policy, Italian Politics and Political Theory. He is editorialist of the daily financial newspaper “Il Sole 24 Ore”. 

•    Prof. Francesco Palermo, Università di Verona, EURAC e Parlamento Italiano
•    Prof. Simona Piattoni, Università di Trento
•    Prof. Roberto Tamborini, Università di Trento

Monday 7 March

Room 20, 16-18

  • Prof. Alfio Mastropaolo, Università di Torino
    Democracy and competition for power

Alfio Mastropaolo is Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Sciences of the University of Turin, which he directed, and is currently director of the doctoral school in Political Science and International Relations of the same university. He is member of the editorial board of Teoria politica and member of the editorial team of Meridiana. Rivista di storia e scienze sociali. He was also member of the scientific boards of Raisons Politiques, Rivista italiana di scienza politica, Politix and corresponding editor from Italy of Sciences de la societé. He has further been co-editor of the Comparative Politics series for Oxford University Press. Between 1999 and 2003 he was Secretary general, from the Italian side, of the Italian-French University and has been member of the Executive Committee of the European Consortium of Political Research. Having been president of the Stein Rokkan Prize of the Unesco SSRC, he has also been a member of the jury for the Johan Skytte Prize for Political Science at the University of Uppsala. He is currently member of the scientific committee of the Osservatorio politico-elettorale del Canton Ticino. He has been visiting professor with the Institut d’Études Politiques in both Paris and Bordeaux, with the Département de science politique di Paris I - Sorbonne and with Birbeck College of London.

Wednesday 16 March

Room 20, 17-19

  • Prof. Yves Mény, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa e IUSS, Pavia
    What Do We Learn from Populism about Democracy?

Yves Mény (BA/MA in Law/Public Law, PhD in Political Science) is currently President of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa and of the Scuola Universitaria Superiore IUSS of Pavia. His career has taken him worldwide and he has been a Visiting Professor at many universities including New York, Seattle, Mexico, Paris, Madrid, Rome and Bologna. In 1993 he was appointed Director of the newly- founded interdisciplinary Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence of which he became President in 2002 until 2009. Professor Mény has been a member of numerous editorial and research committees. He is a member of the Bureau of Political Advisers, set up by the former President of the European Commission, José Manuel Durao Barroso. He was Chairman of the Expert Group on Foundations and Research and Development, European Commission and, in 2000-2003, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). His main areas of expertise are comparative politics, public policy, European Union affairs, and political and administrative institutions. His major recent publications include Challenges to Consensual Politics. Democracy, Identity, and Populist Protest in the Alpine Region (co-edited with Daniele Caramani), Brussels: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2005; Crisi e futuro della democrazia. Per una terza rivoluzione democratica (based on interviews by Renzo Cassigoli), Firenze: Passigli Editore, 2005; Democracies and The Populist Challenge (co-edited with Yves Surel), London: Palgrave, 2002; L’Europa: tra utopia e realtà. Una costituzione per l’Unione (based on interviews by Renzo Cassigoli), Passigli Editore, Firenze, 2000; La construction d’un parlement: 50 ans d’histoire du parlement européen 1958-2008, Luxembourg: Office des publications officielles des Communautés européennes, 2009.

Wednesday 11 May

Room 20, 16-18

  • Prof. Emanuele Massetti, Gediz University, Izmir (Turkey)
    The Road to Democracy in Turkey: A History of Interrupted Transitions

Emanuele Massetti (PhD in Politics and Contemporary European Studies at the University of Sussex) is Assistant Professor in Political Science at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Gediz University, Izmir (Turkey) since 2011 and has previously taught at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Sussex. His PhD dissertation was on the Political Strategies and Ideological Adaptation in Regionalist Parties in Western Europe: A Comparative Study of the Northern League, Plaid Cymru, the South Tyrolese People’s Party and the Scottish National Party and had previously written an MA thesis on The New Labour Party after Devolution: Organisational Issues and Centre-Periphery Dynamics in Scotland and Wales. The special issue that he co-edited with Simon Toubeau on The Party Politics of Territorial Reforms
in Europe on West European Politics has been published also as a volume by Routledge (2014).

Wednesday 25 May

Room 20, 16-18

  • Prof. Uwe Puetter, Central European University, Budapest (Hungary)
    The new intergovernmentalism and European democracy

Uwe Puetter (MA Political Science and Philosophy, University of Hanover, Germany, PhD, Queen’s University Belfast, UK) is Professor at the Department of Public Policy and Director of the Center for European Union Research (CEUR) of the Central European University, Budapest. He also holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European Public Policy and Governance. Specializing in the area of comparative European politics, international relations and European political economy, he carried out the first comprehensive institutional analysis of the so-called Eurogroup, the informal circle of finance ministers coordinating the economic policies of the euro area countries. For his research, Uwe Puetter received the ‘Lord Bryce Prize for Best Dissertation in International Relations/ Comparative Studies in 2003-2004’ awarded by the Political Studies Association in the United Kingdom, and the ‘Ernst B. Haas Prize’ sponsored by the European Politics and Society Section of the American Political Studies Association. His research monograph ‘The Eurogroup’ was published with Manchester University Press in 2006. Prof. Puetter’s new book The European Council and the Council. New intergovernmentalism and institutional change appeared with Oxford University Press in 2014. More recently he has worked on establishing a broader theoretical framework for the analysis of contemporary European integration. Their outline of the ‘new intergovernmentalism’ was first published by the Journal of Common Market Studies. The co-edited book The new intergovernmentalism: states, supranational actors, and European politics in the post-Maastricht era (with Chris Bickerton and Dermot Hodson) was published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

Organizing Committee:
Simona Piattoni
Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence
via Prati, 2 – Trento
+39 0461 283473
centrojeanmonnet [at]


Università degli Studi di Trento - Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale          Democracy and global governance research center (DEMOGLOB)          Jean Monnet  European Centre | University of Trento      Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union             

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