Europeanization at a Crossroads: Accession and Informality in Serbia

Europeanization at a Crossroads: Accession and Informality in Serbia Alexander Mesarovich, PhD Candidate in Politics at the University of Edinburgh While 2020 marks a dramatic year globally in Serbia it will be, in addition to the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the year that protesters stormed the Parliament (Narodna Skupština) in protest against what was …

The EU Support Group for Ukraine: Quiet Politics of Substantive Reform?

Deanna Soloninka, PhD candidate in Politics at Edinburgh University For researchers of political and institutional change, path dependency matters. Outcomes can be traced back. Findings from a detailed analysis illustrate that “countries move along (nationally specific) well-worn paths” (Thelen 1999, 394). Studies of regional and international organizations catalogue similar pathways scaled up. Because policymakers work …

What Future for the European Social Model? Revisiting early intellectual concepts of social integration

Rebecca Zahn, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Strathclyde   In a forthcoming article in a Special Issue on ‘Future-Mapping the Directions of EU Law’ (Journal of International and Comparative Law December 2020), I consider the future of the European Social Model by revisiting the classic account of post-World War Two European social integration. In …

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Opportunity Cost: Why Brexit is not quite the security and defence moment Brussels has been banking on

Benjamin Martill   Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent claim that NATO was ‘brain-dead’ and that Europe needed to focus on building up its own security and defence capabilities was the latest in a long line of public pronouncements on the future of European defence in recent years. …