GR:EEN Case Study Integrity Forum on European Public Policy and Governance
Central European University, Budapest, 18 October 2012
The GR:EEN project (Global re-ordering: Evolution through European Networks) explores and examines Europe’s role in the emerging global order. GR:EEN studies the current and future role of the EU in an emerging multi-polar world through a programme of stock-taking, multi-disciplinary research and complementary activities. It aims at an understanding of the prospective directions of the emerging global governance structures and Europe’s place in them. Analysis focuses on the extant actors from the 20th century, the 21st century rising powers, the increasingly influential non-state actors (from civil and non-civil society) and the new transnational regulatory networks of public and private policy makers and regional agencies. While multi-polarity, with Europe as a pole, is a possibility, alternative scenarios are also plausible. A shift from a trans-Atlantic to trans-Pacific locus of power, or the “depolarization” and fragmentation of authority are such alternatives; both could marginalize Europe.
The CSIF (Case Study Integrity Fora) is major innovative method for interactive dissemination. The CSIFs are designed as a series of interactive events, which aim to involved practitioners in the GR:EEN process right from the very beginning of the project. They constitute a qualitative leap forward in overcoming one of the most challenging elements of any research project: to provide good dissemination of results and to secure feedback and input from the intended recipients of and interlocutors with the project. The CSIFs bring in policymakers from the Commission, international organisations and transnational policy networks, as well as national policymakers and market leaders, to discuss works-in-progress within a workshop format.
The October 2012 Case Study Integrity Forum addresses one of the five components of the GR:EEN project: the EU and multi-polarity within the fields of human rights and security, energy, resources and environment, trade and finance. This CSIF is designed with a view to our scholars working through intermediate issues in their GR:EEN research. We have asked individuals to act as CSIF experts: to comment on work in progress and make suggestions for improvement or development. This CSIF should enable our scholars to make changes and re-focus direction before too much work has been undertaken. Acting as an intermediate device, it will address questions such as: Does this research work as it currently is? How can we improve it from where it is now? What are our current strengths/ weaknesses? Is this developing as it should be? Are we on the right track?
The workshop features a public session on Thursday 18 October 2012, built around a series of public lectures by GR:EEN researchers and comments by academics and CSIF experts held at the Central European University. The three sets of topics addressed are
• energy, resources and the environment
• human rights and security
• trade and finance
10.00 – 10.30
Registration, Coffee /Tea
10.30 - 12.30
WP5 theme – Energy and Environment
Discussant : Michael Keating (Richmond University) and James Atkins (Vertis)
12:30 - 13:30
13:30 - 15.00
WP4 theme – Security and Human Rights
Discussants: Osman Hassan (Warwick) and Paul Roe (CEU)
15.00 - 15.30
15.30 - 17.00
WP6 theme – Trance and Finance
Discussant: Yong Wang (Beijing University)