PLATO PhD School 1

The first PhD school within the ARENA-coordinated PhD network PLATO is organised in Berlin. The event includes a three-day PhD course in legitimacy theory while two days are dedicated to Vitae's Effective Researcher programme.

The PhD school is organised as part of the MSCA-ITN PLATO project (The Post-Crisis Legitimacy of the European Union), which is coordinated by Prof. Chris Lord at ARENA.

For the 15 PLATO PhD researchers, participation is mandatory. The PhD course in theory is open to a limited number of other doctoral students in political science or related disciplines upon invitation.

PhD course in legitimacy theory

15-17 January 2017

The aim of this course is to help PhD students build a conceptual framework for dissertations which investigate how the legitimacy of the European Union may have been affected by recent crises in European integration. The course will achieve that aim by introducing students to the following: a) debates about the justification of political power; b) the literature on the legitimacy of the EU; and c) the literature on the financial crisis.

By studying a)-c) the course will also introduce students to approaches different disciplines take to the investigation of legitimacy. Preparatory readings will include contributions from political philosophy, political science, political economy, law, public administration and sociology including gender studies.

Course outline: PLATO PhD course in legitimacy theory

Course leaders:

  • Markus Jachtenfuchs, Hertie School of Governance/Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS)
  • Chris Lord, ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo (PLATO Coordinator)
  • Dirk De Bièvre, Antwerp Centre for Institutions and Multilevel Politics, University of Antwerp


ARENA and Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies
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