Workshop supported by the European Association for Comparative Economic Studies
University of Szeged
23rd-24th March 2017
European integration is facing the most severe challenges since the signature of the Rome Treaty, the 60th anniversary of which will be celebrated in 2017. In these turbulent times we must remember that for six decades European integration has provided the conditions of a peaceful development for the continent and has served as a model for many regional organizations in other continents.
The responsibility for the future of Europe obliges us to search for creative and innovative solutions to finding a way out of the current crisis. In pursuit of this purpose, we invite distinguished experts to discuss some crucial theoretical issues of European economic integration.
At present, coincidence of several serious challenges (Eurozone crisis, Brexit, the slowdown of economic growth in the world economy, migration crisis, climate change etc.) makes it exceptionally difficult to find feasible and workable solutions. However, beyond these actual problems, there are serious unanswered theoretical questions as well. Although the conditions and circumstances of enlarged integration have fundamentally changed in comparison to the early times, the European integration concept continues to rely on the same integration theories as in the beginning. EU policies are based on the firm conviction that convergence in economic performance and institutional settings will remove the barriers to the successful accomplishment of the applied integration concept. Recent phenomena such as the permanent deep economic and social crisis in Greece or the Brexit referendum indicate that the original expectations have largely failed. Even if there is a basic Community acquis, turning its provisions into taboos is definitely not a solution. It is symptomatic, for example, that an outsider (non-European) organization, namely the IMF was the first to produce a report on the economic impact of emigration on Eastern Europe, the results of which stand in sharp contrast with the expected results of the free movement of labour in the EU.
In such challenging times, it is urgent and important to bravely question tacit assumptions of integration theories which have proven unsuccessful by now, and to examine the consequences of the unfulfilled assumptions. Some examples and questions to discuss are:
We call for papers which address the unanswered questions of European economic integration theories – without taboos but using the analytical tools of either economics or political economy with academic rigour.
23rd March 2017
24th March 2017
Kálvária sgt. 1. 6722 Szeged, Hungary
31st January Abstract submission
7th February Notification of abstract acceptance
15th March Full paper submission
Participation fee: 80 EUR
Payments due by 15th March 2017
The Conference fee should be paid by bank transfer directly to Universitas-Szeged Nonprofit Kft.
University of Szeged
H-6722 Szeged, Kálvária sgt. 1. Hungary