In this talk Didier Georgakakis will present a political sociology perspective on EU governance and administration, and its recent evolution.
This presentation aims at presenting a political sociology perspective on EU governance and administration and its recent evolution. Field theory has had many developments in social science and a few in European integration (Fligstein, Kauppi, Georgakakis, Madsen Vauchez).
The perspective developed by Georgakakis borrows from Bourdieu’s theory of bureaucratic field to understand the dynamics of what he calls the Field of Eurocracy. In addition to the classical political and ideological tensions, the field of the EU institutions is structured by sociological struggles over authority which opposes permanent (or longtime) vs intermittent and short-time individuals and groups.
This sociological tension (and others of the same type) sheds new light on the battles over EU policies and the evolution of EU institutional leadership. The presentation will draw on the empirical cases of EU economic governance, the evolution of the EU civil service, and a comparison between the Juncker and and the Von der Leyen Commissions.
Didier Georgakakis is since 2012 a Professor of political science at University Paris1 - Panthéon Sorbonne where he holds a Jean Monnet Chair and chairs the Sorbonne Master degree in European public affairs and the joint ENA/Paris 1 Master degree on policies in Europe. One of the founders of the historical and political sociology of the EU, his teaching and research deals with studies on the professionals of EU policies and governance and broader transdisciplinary perspectives on European integration and transnational social fields.
He recently publishes The Euro-civil service in (times of) crisis. The changing power of Eurocrats (Palgrave 2017).