Centre for European Union Studies
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The Centre for European Union Studies (CEUS) has been
designated as a ‘Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence' in teaching and
research by the European Commission since 1999. In the United
Kingdom, the CEUS is one of the longest established and most
research active centres dedicated to the study of European Union
(EU) governance and politics. The CEUS hosts a Jean Monnet Chair in
European Union Studies, is administered from the Department of
Politics and International Studies and was established to promote
the inter-disciplinary study of the European Union (EU) and wider
The CEUS runs a seminar series, organises conferences, hosts the Jean Monnet
lecture and is involved in many other events (such as
workshops, the Euro Info week for local businesses and conferences
for schools). CEUS also publishes a research working paper series. It provides an
intellectual home for a lively postgraduate research community
which is strongly encouraged to get involved in its activities.
researchers have a wide range of expertise and have produced a
large number of well regarded publications on European and EU
governance and politics issues. Recent research and publications
have focused, for example, on EU institutions (including the
Commission, European Parliament and the office of the Presidency),
the Europeanisation of member states (such as the UK, Germany,
France, Austria, Sweden and Southern European member states
including Italy, Portugal and Spain), EU external relations, new
modes of EU governance, EU environmental policy and ‘new'
environmental policy instruments as well as other common policies.
CEUS researchers have special expertise also on issues such as EU
technology and industrial policies, the information society and
European integration, the EU and e-governance, the EU's role as a
global actor (including EU-Chinese relations, EU-Russian relations
and EU-US relations) as well as on member state domestic politics
(in particular the politics of Austria, Britain, France, Germany,
Poland, Portugal and Sweden) and member state
Aims and objectives of the Centre
- To promote academic excellence in research, publications and
education on EU-related issues and wider Europe;
- To provide a stimulating interdisciplinary research environment
for staff and students;
- To foster understanding of the EU in the region.
Recent publications based on CEUS
Jack Hayward and
Rüdiger Wurzel (eds)
European Disunion: Between Sovereignty and Solidarity.
Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2012.
The Euro crisis catapulted the European Union into its most
serious political crisis since its inception, leaving it
simultaneously torn between opposing demands for more sovereignty
and solidarity. Throughout its history, the Union has been plagued
by power struggles between its member states. Periodic crises have
been met by indecision and compromise that put securing agreement
above effective outcomes. The complexity of its decision making
processes is mainly due to the refusal to concentrate power and
wish to preserve enough semblance of national sovereignty to retain
the respect and loyalty of member state citizens. This edited
volume focuses on the key themes of disunion, sovereignty and
solidarity. It assesses all of the main EU institutions: member
states, civil society actors and policy areas.
Rüdiger Wurzel and James
Connelly (eds) The
European Union as a Leader in International Climate Change
Politics. London: Routledge (hardback edition 2010;
paperback edition 2012).
The EU has developed into a leader in international climate
change politics although it was originally set up as a ‘leaderless
Europe’ in which decision-making powers are spread amongst EU
institutional, member state and societal actors. The central aim of
this book, which is written by leading experts in the field, is to
explain what kind of leadership has been offered by EU
institutional, member state and societal actors. Although
leadership is the overarching theme of the book, all chapters also
address ecological modernisation, policy instruments, and
multi-level governance as additional main themes. The book chapters
focus on the Commission, European Parliament, European Council and
Council of Ministers as well as member states (Britain, Germany,
France, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain) and societal actors
(businesses and environmental NGOs). Additional chapters analyse
the EU as a global actor and the climate change policies of America
and China and how they have responded to the EU’s ambitions.
Jack Hayward (ed)
Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
The argument that the European Community/Union was always
intended to be a leaderless, mainly confederal association member
states has been confirmed since publication by the Lisbon Treaty’s
multiplication of would-be leaders and the inability to agree on
common action to deal with the major financial and migration
problems confronting the EU. Consensus is harder to achieve and
intractable power struggles predominate.
A Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence