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System integration and institutional autonomy in research and higher education: dynamics of change at European, national and university levels

Europe of Knowledge |

An enduring tension in systemic integration in public sector governance has featured the relations between state and its agencies and organizations devoted to specific tasks. Thus periods of greater leeway to sub-systemic organizational autonomy have intertwined with periods of contraction and stronger central control, and vice versa. A recent example is the wave of so-called […]

A lie is a lie in any language

Jon Danzig |

Both the Daily Mail and Daily Express stated that EU law has to be changed so that foreign doctors can have their command of English checked.  They claimed such checks are currently “banned” under EU law.   The Mail reported, “Patients lives are being put at risk by doctors whose English language skills have never been tested because it is […]

How English can a German become?

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There are not many Germans who made it into the hall of fame of English football. There are not many Germans either who were made OBE (‘Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire’), especially if they started their stay as POW (prisoner of war) in 1945. In fact, there’s only one who […]

Competing for foreign talent in a globalised world: is Europe losing out?

ECPR Standing Group |

Labour market shortages in high-skilled sectors, demographic changes and the constant pressure to innovate have prompted governments around the world to engage in a global competition for talent. Against this context, the regional dimension has become increasingly important as governments seek to activate all policy instruments in the race for the ‘best and brightest’. This […]

The ‘glass-machine complex’ of social network analysis

Europe of Knowledge |

Networks became a frame for thinking and living in our liquid order [1]. This frame has been a shift in gaze from formal organizational entities to the network of actors engaged with one another in various ways[2]. This is the core principle of network theory and analysis. This network turn challenges our notions of society, […]

The value of being 'citizens of Europe'

Jon Danzig |

If you’re a UK citizen confused about the value of EU membership, due to the ‘untruths’ coming from UKIP and the national press, then just follow the evidence, writes Jon Danzig.         It’s probably best not to be too entrenched about most subjects. That’s a lesson you learn as you get older.   […]

Day Two - UACES 2013

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The opening plenary session started on the same impressive multi-disciplinary note as the first day of the conference. Headline contributors included EU legal scholar Dagmar Schiek and economist Malcolm Sawyer - both from the University of Leeds - as well as Dermot Hodson and Fabian Amtembrink.

The third age of European integration?

PoliticsatSurrey |

Returning from UACES, and eager not to get lost in the big pile of emails that awaits me, I spent some time thinking about how to integrate all of the things that I’d been hearing over the past few days. While my focus had been mainly on euroscepticism, I also listened to sessions on the […]

Reflections on UACES 2013, day 1

Simon Usherwood |

UACES 43rd Annual Conference takes place at the University of Leeds between 2-4 September 2013. In this post, Simon Usherwood (University of Surrey), reflects on the first plenary which looked at euroscepticism and its consequences for European integration.

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