PhD School: Crises, Democracy and Governance in a Differentiated EU

Comenius University in Bratislava organises a PhD Summer School on political integration and differentiation in Europe in June.

The Department of Political Science, Comenius University and Centre for Territorial and International Studies FiF UK in cooperation with ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo invite you to join the PhD Summer School on political integration and differentiation in Europe "Crises, Democracy and Governance in a Differentiated EU" in Bratislava.

Academic programme

The EU as a political structure offers a variety of forms of cooperation and integration, ranging from association agreements, membership in the European Economic Area, membership in the EU to membership in the Schengen Area and Eurozone. During the Summer School we will cover each individual forms of association and their consequences for the respective member states.

Participating PhD students will learn crucial insights from the most up to date theoretical developments and analytical approaches within the field of studying institutional change in democratic governance in Europe. At the same time, the Summer School will offer PhD students, as well as experienced foreign and Slovak academics, platform to exchange ideas and gain new perspectives on differentiation in Europe. The Summer School is open to all PhD students, in relevant fields of study, interested (not only) in European integration, democratic governance and legitimacy. 

John Erik Fossum, Espen D. H. Olsen and Bent Sofus Tranøy from ARENA will contribute to the academic programme with lectures on the EU’s parliamentary dimension, the political economy of the Eurocrisis and on EU citizenship.


The PhD school is organised as part of the inter-institutional cooperation project Democratic Governance and Differentiation in Europe between ARENA and Comenius University. The project is co-funded by the EEA Grants and the state budget of the Slovak Republic from the EEA Scholarship Program Slovakia.


Academic coordinator: Jozef Bátora, Department of Political science, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University
Published May 10, 2016 1:45 PM - Last modified Jan. 16, 2018 4:45 PM