The starting point of Taru Haapala's study is that European federalism, a widely supported cause after the Second World War, was largely based on the idea of a pluralistic international world order. Even though the idea of federalism is very much marginalized in European politics today, debates over European polity have increased with the rise of populism and how to tackle it. Also, European integration has developed political plurality to a more efficient degree than before, even though the European Union still promotes "ever closer unity." In this presentation, Hapaala will present her research agenda with a few case examples that offer insights into the political ideas of federalism in Europe, ranging broadly between the ideas of unity and plurality.
The New Research on Europe Seminar
serves as a weekly forum in which CES Visiting Scholars present their
work. Scholars present their work in a form accessible to scholars
working in fields other than their own. Papers may be circulated in
advance, although this is not required.
The seminar encourages
discussions across disciplinary as well as national boundaries. After
each presentation, there is ample time for critique and discussion,
followed by the CES Friday Lunch. This seminar is open to the public.