JMCM research luncheons: “National independence and European integration”

The Jean Monnet Centre organises a monthly research seminar at which researchers affiliated to the centre present their current work over a light meal. Join us for the debate and lunch!

On 5 April 2019, Niklas Bremberg (Swedish Institute of International Affairs) will present his current research on “National independence and European integration”.

The seminar will take place at the Université de Montréal (Lionel Groulx building, room: C 1017-13) at 12pm.

Free admission. Please register before 2 April.

Abstract: Niklas’ project addresses central, yet often overlooked, questions in the study of European integration and democratic governance in the EU: what explains the support for national independence of non-sovereign regions in EU member states, and why do pro-independence parties seek independence when the EU offers enhanced political influence and economic benefits to regions and when independence might even entail the loss of EU membership? By focusing on how visions of national independence are linked discursively and in practice to notions of European integration and democracy in a comparative case study of pro-independence parties in Catalonia and Scotland – the two most salient cases in the EU at present – the project seeks to provide an original and timely contribution to the research agenda on the challenges to and possible renewal of democratic governance in contemporary Europe.

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