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ECPR Joint Sessions workshop: Designing Sanctions - The European Union in Regional and International Affairs

ECPR Joint Sessions Toulouse, France 14-17 April 2020

The European Union (EU) is at the forefront of including conditionality clauses in its international agreements, and it increasingly turns to sanctions in responding to both external and internal challenges. In the wake of unsettling conflicts in its neighbourhood, sanctions have become an important tool in external relations (Kreutz 2015; Portela 2010; Richter and Wunsch 2019). Currently, the EU has 38 sanctions regimes in force against third actors. Moreover, sanctions can be imposed to address democratic backsliding in its member states (Hellquist 2018).

At the same time, EU sanctions appear in different designs. Sanctions encompass diplomatic measures, conditionality clauses, non-economic sanctions such as travel bans, financial bans or various forms of economic restrictions (Drury 2001). The EU makes use of the entire toolbox in its foreign policy. Recent research identifies the design of sanctions “to be key to their outcomes” (McLean and Whang 2014, 590). Yet, to date, scholarship has provided no systematic investigation into the design of EU restrictive measures. On top of this, there is an absence of debate between different strands in the literature on EU sanctions: while research on EU restrictive measures under Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) speaks to scholarship on conditionality clauses in development and trade policy (e.g. Portela 2010; Koch 2015), interaction with literature on conditionality in the EU’s enlargement (e.g. Schimmelfennig and Sedelmeier 2004) let alone sanctions under Article 7 is remarkably scarce (e.g. Hellquist 2018).

Our ECPR Joint Sessions Workshop on ‘Designing sanctions’ seeks to remedy these research gaps by investigating systematically the design of EU sanctions used in its external and internal affairs. We understand sanctions broadly as a “temporary abrogation of normal state-to-state relations to pressure target states [or domestic groups] into changing specified policies or modifying behaviour in suggested directions” (Tostensen and Bull 2002, 374). Hence, our understanding of sanctions is indiscriminate to the target – being located within or outside the EU – as well as to the concrete measure of abrogating ‘normal’ relations. Sanctions, according to our notion, cover CFSP restrictive measures, conditionality clauses, aid freezes, withdrawal of trade preferences for political reasons, diplomatic sanctions, and measures under Article 7. In this sense, our conceptualization of sanctions in this workshop goes beyond the narrowly-defined CFSP area (e.g. Giumelli 2011) and extends to development and trade policy (e.g. Meissner and McKenzie 2018), democratic backsliding (e.g. Sedelmeier 2017) as well as other internal policies such as conditionality as part of the Greek bailout in the Economic and Monetary Union. The workshop is scientifically innovative in that it expands the definition of EU sanctions to measures produced under different guises in separate policy fields. It thereby represents an attempt to overcome the compartmentalised approach that EU scholarship has displayed so far, with development researchers looking into aid suspensions, trade researchers looking into conditionality in international agreements, international security scholars looking into CFSP sanctions, etc. This approach allows us to engage in a comparative analysis of sanctions design, a key yet neglected determinant of sanctions efficacy.

Understanding drivers of sanctions’ design matters from an analytical perspective and is also politically relevant. From an analytical perspective, a large majority of research on EU restrictive measures examines their (in-)effectiveness and consequences for target states (e.g. Hufbauer et al. 2007), while being oblivious to how this is linked to their design and the very drivers of design options (exceptions are McLean and Whang 2014; Portela 2016). We find identical dynamics in literature on EU enlargement conditionality, where scholars establish enabling factors and hindrances to conditionality effectiveness (e.g. Schimmelfenning and Sedelmeier 2004). Hence, there is a lack of fine-grained investigation into the concrete design of EU sanctions; and what factors motivate such design decisions. In addition, from a normative perspective it is pertinent to understand in what way the EU designs sanctions in its various policies. This becomes evident with the discussion revolving around Article 7 sanctions which are considered ill-equipped to trigger the EU’s anticipated change in political behaviour in Hungary or Poland. Optimizing the design of such measures can help improve their effectiveness.

The workshop welcomes a variety of analytical perspectives and methodological approaches on sanctions in order to investigate drivers, consequences, and effectiveness of their designs. The goals of our workshop are to (a) provide a systematic investigation into and perspective on the varying designs of EU sanctions and their implications, and (b) to work towards a special issue proposal for an EU or International Relations journal.

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#EUIA20 – The European Union in International Affairs: Assessing the EU’s Capacity to Act

Brussels, 27-29 May 2020

The ‘European Union in International Affairs’ (#EUIA20) conference invites paper abstracts and panel proposals. It will be the seventh edition of the EUIA conference, focusing on the theme ‘Assessing the EU’s Capacity to Act’.

The EU is starting to grapple with a shifting international context. Europe’s role in the world is called into question by factors such as China’s economic rise, the ‘America First’ doctrine of the Trump administration and more assertive foreign policies of Russia and Turkey. Within and beyond Europe, political forces are parading authoritarianism as an alternative to liberal democracy. Brexit is yet another test to the EU’s internal cohesion and external capabilities. Internal challenges and a more hostile international environment may limit the EU’s capacity to act as a global power. Yet, they could also result in an opposite outcome – a wake-up call for the Union to engage more and strive for ‘strategic autonomy’ or ‘European sovereignty’ in areas such as defence or energy security. More than ever, the EU is aware of the urgency to mitigate climate change and to find a more coordinated response to international migration and forced displacement. The question therefore arises: what is the EU’s capacity to act in international affairs?

The EUIA biennial conference provides a major forum for discussion and exchange of ideas amongst academics and policy-makers who engage with these issues. We encourage the submission of paper abstracts and panel proposals that focus on the EU’s capacity to act internationally. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Creating Capacities to Act

  • Creating or reforming EU capabilities and instruments (e.g. defence, artificial intelligence, development aid, migration management)
  • The rise of nationalism and EU decision-making on policies with an external dimension (e.g. foreign policy, migration, environment, trade)
  • Relations between EU and Brexit-Britain on foreign and security policies
  • The EU and international organisations: Reacting to a (less) multilateral world?

Assessing Capacities to Act

  • The EU’s reaction to a changing transatlantic partnership and the geopolitical dynamics in the Indo-Pacific region (notably China but also other countries such as Japan, the Republic of Korea or Australia)
  • Is inter-regional cooperation (e.g. with the African Union and Latin America) gaining or losing importance?
  • Managing interdependence with nearby third countries (e.g. on environment, financial stability, trade, security and migration)
  • Assessing the EU’s leadership (e.g. on human rights, climate change, tax evasion or conflict resolution)

#EUIA20 will host a high-levelkeynote address and a series of policy-link panels featuring senior officials and policy-makers. The Journal of European Integration (JEI) will co-organise the EUIA Best Paper Award competition. The conference will also welcome the editors of leading journals in European Studies (Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Integration, European Security, and Global Affairs), who will share their views on the EU in international affairs and provide insights into current trends in journal publishing.

Please submit your paper abstract (300 words max.) or panel proposal (title of panel + short introduction to the panel of max. 300 words + 4 paper abstracts of max. 300 words + name of chair and discussant) by clicking on this link.

#EUIA20 encourages a collaborative approach to research so panel proposals are particularly welcome. The selection will take place in a blind peer review process.

Deadline for submissions: Mon 31 October 2019

Notification of acceptance: Wed 22 January 2020

Submission of full papers: Wed 20 May 2020

EUIA Conference: Wed 27- Fri 29 May 2020

Please find the full CfP here

Femina Politica - Zeitschrift für Feministische Politikwissenschaft - CfP Heft 2/2020

Call for Papers der Femina Politica - Zeitschrift für feministische Politikwissenschaft

für das Heft 2/2020: Feministische Perspektiven auf reproduktive Rechte und Politiken der Reproduktion

Deadline für Abstracts: 30. November 2019

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Annual Meeting of the Austrian Economic Association (NOeG) - “Evidence-Based Economic Policy Making”

February 24 – 25, 2020 Vienna University of Economics of Business (WU), Department of Economics

1ST Call for Papers
Annual Meeting of the Austrian Economic Association (NOeG)

“Evidence-Based Economic Policy Making”

The increasing availability of high-quality (administrative) data for economic research has triggered a shift in the way economists approach questions on the impacts of economic policies and led to substantial advances in the methodological toolbox for identifying causal effects of economic policies in virtually all sub-disciplines of economics. The annual conference of the Austrian Economic Association aims at discussing recent results and new findings on the effects of economic policies putting a specific but not exclusive focus on Austria. The conference also provides a forum for a discussion on how empirical evidence can more effectively inform actual economic policy making.  

Keynote Speakers:  Dina D. Pomeranz  (University of Zurich), Martin Halla (University of Linz)

Paper Submission
We invite papers on the conference topic as well as all other fields of economics to be submitted until November 1, 2019 via

Session Submission
We invite whole sessions (four papers related to a common topic) to be submitted. Sessions from all fields in economics can be submitted until October 15, 2019 to harald.oberhofer[at]   

Young Economist Award
The Austrian Economic Association offers a prize of EUR 750 for outstanding papers – to be presented at the conference – by economists up to the age of 35 years. For joint papers this age limit holds for all co-authors.

Please register to the conference by not later than January 30, 2020.  The conference fee amounts to EUR 100 and is waived for NOeG members (membership is EUR 55 per year – see


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