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POLS/CSDD Speaker Series: “National Independence and European Integration" - Niklas Bremberg

Thursday, April 4, 2019
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Kingston Hall
Room: 200
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About the Lecture: Co-sponsored by the Department of Political Studies and Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity, this lecture addresses central yet often overlooked questions in the study of European integration and democratic governance in the EU. What explains the support for national independence of non-sovereign regions in EU member states and why do pro-independence parties seek independence when the EU offers enhanced political influence and economic benefits to regions when independence might even entail the loss of EU membership? By focusing on how visions of national independence are linked discursively and in practice to notions of European integration and democracy in a comparative case study of pro-independence parties in Catalonia and Scotland – the two most salient cases in the EU at present – this lecture seeks to provide an original and timely contribution to the research agenda on the challenges to and possible renewal of democratic governance in contemporary Europe.

About the Speaker: Niklas Bremberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University, Senior Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, and Associate Senior Researcher at SIPRI. His research focuses on international practices, security communities, climate security governance and EU foreign and security policy, especially in North Africa. 

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