The EU’s challenges in a context of crisis

21 janvier 2015

Do you feel to visit the European Institutions and study at the same time this summer? ScPo Summer School Plaq2Welcome to the Sciences Po Lille’s Summer School!!

When? 6 July 2015 – 17 July 2015 * Duration? 2 weeks * Credits? 6 ECTS * Fee? EUR 1900

Target group

Sciences Po’s Summer School is open to International students from around the world, students from Partner Universities and Sciences Po Lille students.

Eligible for the Summer School:
Student Currently enrolled in an accredited college/university
• 1. Undergraduate : mandatory “European Affairs background”
• 2. Postgraduate : GPA 2.5 or above
• 3. Selection of partner’s University
Science Po Lille partner universities’ International Offices are asked to nominate their students via email to from February 2 to April 6, 2015.

Course aim

The program will be an opportunity for students to attend courses dealing with institutional, economical as well as diplomatic issues/questions. International academics will propose modules (taught in English) covering a large range of current EU challenges. Courses consist of classroom sessions held on each weekday except on the field trip to Brussels on July 14, 2015. Local cultural visits, various social events will be offered to the students as well as conferences, a visit of Lille, a study trip to Brussels and the EU institutions. Classes are held from Monday 6 to Friday 17 July 2015 inclusive with morning (core module) and afternoon (option) sessions. Participants may choose between two courses of specialty. Mornings will be dedicated to EU affairs orientated and the afternoons will be dedicated to Diplomacy or Political Economy orientated.

The course I will teach

• What do we know about the values of the Europeans today?
The European Union is a very complex political structure unifying a large range of cultures, from the North to the South, from the West to the East. Few citizens are sharing exclusively a European identity, even though European citizens enjoy largely the benefits of the Union (common currency, freedom of movement, peace…). The diversity of such a large union justifies the various studies held on social and political values of the European citizens. What do we learn from those studies? Is it possible to synthesize this information and to draw a specific knowledge? Recent books, surveys like the European Values Study will guide us during this week in the elaboration of a diverse image of the values share by “the” Europeans beyond regional or generational cleavages.


Political and Civic Engagement – Multidisciplinary perspectives

15 janvier 2015

9780415704687A new book edited by Martyn Barrett and Bruna Zani, Routledge – 2015 – 562 pages

Based upon a three-year multi-disciplinary international research project, Political and Civic Participation examines the interplay of factors affecting civic and political engagement and participation across different generations, nations and ethnic groups, and the shifting variety of forms that participation can take.

The book draws upon an extensive body of data to answer the following key questions:

Why do many citizens fail to vote in elections?
Why are young people turning increasingly to street demonstrations, charitable activities, consumer activism and social media to express their political and civic views?
What are the barriers which hinder political participation by women, ethnic minorities and migrants?
How can greater levels of engagement with public issues be encouraged among all citizens?
Together, the chapters in this volume provide a comprehensive overview of current understandings of the factors and processes which influence citizens’ patterns of political and civic engagement. They also present a set of evidence-based recommendations for policy, practice and intervention that can be used by political and civil society actors to enhance levels of engagement, particularly among youth, women, ethnic minorities and migrants.

Political and Civic Participation provides an invaluable resource for all those who are concerned with citizens’ levels of engagement, including: researchers and academics across the social sciences; politicians and political institutions; media professionals; educational professionals and schools; youth workers and education NGOs; and leaders of ethnic minority and migrant organizations and communities.

See all the contributors, including Claire Gavray, Michel Born, and myself!

2014 en révision

14 janvier 2015

Merci à tous ceux et celles qui ont consulté ce blogue en 2014. Il a été en dormance depuis quelques mois : je compte bien le faire revivre en 2015 !

Thank you all for your visits in 2014. I haven’t used it for several months, but it should change in 2015!

Les lutins statisticiens de ont préparé le rapport annuel 2014 de ce blog.

En voici un extrait :

Un métro New-Yorkais contient 1.200 personnes. Ce blog a été visité 3 800 fois en 2014. S’il était un métro New-Yorkais, il faudrait faire 3 voyages pour les déplacer tous.

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