Working groups enable diverse scholars to coordinate research in a particular area.
Participants include faculty and graduate researchers from universities across the
US and Europe. They generally meet semi-annually to share their findings and discuss
future goals. Most groups use a publicly accessible website to document their progress.
Typically, hardcopy and web publications result from these endeavors.
Title and Description
Contacts & Lead Researchers
Once a country joins the EMU, it no longer has the ability to conduct independent
monetary policy. If a country experiences a macroeconomic shock that is different
from that of the aggregate members of the EMU, then the only instrument available
to counter that shock is fiscal policy. The other option, instigating structural
change, lacks the ability to respond quickly to disturbances. The fear is that if
a country experiencing an economic downturn finds itself close to the deficit rule
of 3% of GDP, then the country must raise taxes and reduce spending just when it
needs to do the opposite to stabilize output. This study will analyze policy before
and after entry into monetary union. Data will be gathered from the OECD, Eurostat,
and from diverse national accounts.
This project examines the impact of private financial markets, especially those for
government bonds, on national government compliance with the EU's fiscal rules. These
rules, initially included in the Maastricht Treaty and now embodied in the Stability
and Growth Pact, are vital for new member states seeking to participate in EMU.
This project is a series of four small workshops, each with two invited speakers that
focus on the EU as a foreign policy actor in the broader context of the current debates in
comparative politics and international relations on the impact of external actors in domestic
political change. The core question of the new working group is a vital one for policy makers:
what determines the quality of emerging democratic institutions in states that are transitioning
away from authoritarianism, and how do international actors influence the process? The EU's
evolution as a foreign policy actor, whether in cooperation with or as a counterweight to the
US, is the prime focus of the series.
The New Architecture of EU Governance
"New Architecture" addresses new forms of governance and policy learning in the EU, including the Open
Method of Coordination (OMC), consisting of policy coordination processes based on benchmarking national
progress towards common European objectives and organized mutual learning in an iterative multi-year
cycle. Specific components include Experimentalism and Learning in EU Governance, Law and New Governance
in Europe, and Constitutionalism.
This group is run in collaboration with researchers at the Free University, Amsterdam, and involves
faculty and graduate student participants from the US and Europe. The group's earlier series of
workshops resulted in a published volume, European Integration and Political Conflict, (Cambridge UP,
2004) as well as two original data sets, which are the most commonly used source of data on political
parties and European integration, cited in over one hundred scholarly articles. The project extends
the data collection to the enlarged EU for 2006.
Parties / Integration
Project for business and local government run in collaboration with the Cardiff Business
School and the Institute for Emerging Issues at NCSU. Regional economic development is a
common challenge across North America and Europe, but the policies that address this
challenge vary on each side of the Atlantic. This variation represents a tremendous
opportunity for experts and practitioners to learn from each other. The Virtual
Transatlantic Forum on Enterprise and Innovation is designed to take advantage of this
opportunity and to enhance each side's understanding of the other.
Regional Economic Development
This ongoing research project brings together a group of prominent academic researchers
and policy practitioners from both old and new Member States, as well as the European
Commission, to discuss the promise, pitfalls, and prospects of the OMC (Open Method of
Coordination) as a new governance tool for an enlarged Social Europe.
Europe's Expanding Social Dimension
This group explores the practical impact of expansion on the Member States, and draws
out potential lessons for policy and practice in the US and elsewhere. The theme's five
components include: Europeanization and the Reform of National Welfare States, EU Gender
Mainstreaming as a Policy Instrument for Equality, Public Health and Comparative Health
Policy: A Transatlantic Dialogue, Consumerism and Environmentalism in the Expanding European
Union, and Transportation and Environmental Sustainability in the EU: Lessons for the US.
Myra Marx Feree,
The study of welfare states and social policy has been central to Europeanists for over
a century. Recently, globalization, European integration and transformations in Central
and Eastern Europe have reinvigorated and redirected political and scholarly debates about
the structure, meaning and future trajectories of welfare states in Europe. At the same
time, cross-disciplinary dialogues have focused attention on the implications of public
welfare provisions for social and economic outcomes as diverse as economic growth and
fertility, on linkages between welfare regimes and labor market dynamics and, more generally,
on linkages between welfare regimes and production regimes.
This is a conference series for young professionals on both sides of the Atlantic, which
engages current themes in the Transatlantic relationship. The conference fosters discussion,
bridges the transatlantic divide, and helps young professionals build personal networks among
like-minded Atlanticists. Conference topics, such as Defense and Diplomacy, Trade and Aid, and
Immigration and Jobs, represent related themes that are often seen as contradictory, but are areas
with great potential for transatlantic cooperation. Organized by a small group of graduates from
our Transatlantic Masters program, the program is supervised by Sarah Hutchison, TAM Student
Services Director. The project will integrate graduates from our sister program, Euromasters,
and other young professionals with interest.
Transatlantic Governance in the New Global Order
This group addresses the central importance of transatlantic relations and the significant role
that the EU plays as a key actor in confronting global governance challenges. Specific topics
include new security issues, trade and regulatory governance, current account stability and
Transatlantic Cooperation / Governance