Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Department of Government and Politics Research Seminar Series

An Exploratory Analysis of the Politicization of the European Commission Macroeconomic Policy Positioning, 2010-2017 Speaker Dr Emmanuelle Schön-Quinlivan

The reforms in economic governance between 2011 and 2013 introduced new macroeconomic and financial assistance procedures and structures. If, on the one hand, they have certainly emboldened the Commission’s role in this policy realm, on the other, they have had unclear politicization effects for the EU executive. Our article develops De Wilde and Zürn’s model of politicization applying it for the first time to the analysis of politicization of an institutional setting, namely that of the European Commission as an actor of macroeconomic governance. It argues that in causally linking the increase in authority of the Commission in macroeconomic governance with the politicization of its policy positioning, internal institutional factors, namely organizational structures, entrepreneurship and leadership, are necessary mediating factors which are overlooked in a model which places the emphasis on contextual factors. Dr Emmanuelle Schön-Quinlivan is a lecturer in European political science in the Department of Government, UCC. Born in France, she graduated in European law and political science from La Sorbonne (BL), Sciences Po Paris (MA) and Edinburgh University (LLM). She completed her PhD on the institutional impact of the 2000-2005 Kinnock administrative reforms on the European Commission, under the supervision of Professor Brigid Laffan, University College Dublin. She teaches comparative politics, European politics as well as French politics. Her research interests lie in the area of European institutional change, with a special focus on the European Commission. Emmanuelle has published Reforming the European Commission (Palgrave, 2011) as well as articles in the Journal of European Public Policy. In 2014, Emmanuelle was awarded €125,000 by the Irish Research Council to lead a team in analysing the executive role of the European Commission in European economic governance. In 2017, she was successful in getting €46,113 from the European Commission for a Jean Monnet project on how to teach about Ireland and the European Union at primary school level.

Category: Conferences: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 3pm-4pm
Location: Room 322 Food Science Building
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Stefanie Wojtek
021 490 2770

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