Launch event: "The European Public Sphere Project" - Addressing the gap between national politics and supranational policy-making

Launch event: "The European Public Sphere Project" - Addressing the gap between national politics and supranational policy-making

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:45pm
Venue: 
Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HR
Speaker(s): 
Dr Matteo Garavoglia (Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford)
Chair: 
Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis (European Studies Centre, St Antony's)
Discussant: 
Dr Heidi Maurer (Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford)
Series: 
European Studies Seminar

European elites are consistently torn between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, they need to promote policy initiatives that are often effective only when delivered through a pan-European approach. On the other hand, they need to be accountable to the conflicting instances that come from their individual national constituencies. Europe is therefore witnessing a growing gap between politics and policy-making whereby the former still takes place at the national level while the latter is increasingly formulated at the supranational level. This state of affairs leads to two dramatic consequences: an erosion of democratic life whereby citizens experience political life at the national level while policy-making actually takes place at the European one; and poor policy-making whereby political elites have an incentive to promote policies that might make sense from a national perspective on the short-term but might at the same time be counterproductive from a long-term European perspective. The aim of the European Public Sphere Project (EPSP) is therefore to offer practical, hands-on policy recommendations to nurture a pan-European public sphere to narrow the gap between national politics and supranational policy-making. 

Dr. Matteo Garavoglia is Research Associate at the University of Oxford’s Centre for International Studies (Department of Politics and International Relations), Guest Lecturer at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and, until recently, Visiting Professor at Bocconi University in Milan. Dr. Garavoglia leads the European Public Sphere Project: a multi-annual research effort engaging top-level movers and shakers from business, media and politics to develop actionable policy-oriented proposals aimed at nurturing a pan-European public sphere. Previously, Dr. Garavoglia was the Italy Program Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Centre on the United States and Europe (Foreign Policy Program). He also served as Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), as Research Fellow at the Centre d’Etudes Européennes de Sciences Po in Paris, as Research Assistant at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and as a contributor to a boutique consultancy specialized in European geopolitical affairs. 

Please email: european.studies@sant.ox.ac.uk in order to register to attend.

This seminar is hosted in collaboration with The Centre for International Studies at the Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford.