AIAS gast - Alexandre Afonso

Alexandre Afonso

Institut d’Etudes Politiques et Internationales

Period of stay: 1 November 2008 – 31 October 2009

Alexandre Afonso is a PhD student at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques et internationales, Lausanne.

PhD Project

Does the European Union undermine corporatist policy concertation? The impact of Europeanisation on patterns of policymaking in small European States

The PhD dissertation investigates the impacts of Europeanization (the impact of the EU on national politics, policies and polity) on policy concertation (the participation of representatives of unions, business and the state in decision-making processes) in the domain of labour market regulation in three small European states. Twenty years ago, Katzenstein argued that economic dependency in world markets fostered internal cooperation between domestic actors in small states, thus leading to diverse forms of “democratic corporatism”. Small European states thus displayed specific governance features characterised by a close cooperation between labour, business and the state to set up negotiated public policies. Does Europeanisation, and particularly its institutional dimension, have the same effects, or does it rather undermine corporatism, leading to more statist or pluralist patterns of policymaking in these countries?

At the methodological level, whereas most studies on Europeanization focus exclusively on “Europeanised” policy sectors, that is, on sectors where the EU produces policies, edicts regulations and funds projects, this piece of research also analyses control cases – domains where the EU’s influence is absent (or weak) – in order to assess if changes (if any) can really be imputed to the EU. To that end, it compares decisions in the regulation of immigration from new EU member states (strongly Europeanised) with decisions on unemployment insurance (weakly Europeanised) in Austria, Ireland and Switzerland. Besides the impact of Europeanization, it also addresses the role of the type of corporatism (social/liberal) on patterns of change in the face of Europeanization.

PhD Dissertation under the supervision of Prof. Ioannis Papadopoulos (expected 2009).

The aim of his stay at AIAS is to write up his dissertation.

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Institut d’Etudes Politiques et Internationales

Bâtiment Anthropole

Université de Lausanne

1015 Lausanne – Switzerland

Tel +41 21 692 31 49

Fax +41 21 692 31 45

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