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This edited collection, in honour of the late political scientist Peter Mair, contains original chapters that are directly linked to his theoretical and/or methodological ideas and approaches.

Since the advent of the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, a key turning point in terms of the crystallisation of opposition towards the European Union (EU), Euroscepticism has become a transnational phenomenon. The term ‘Euroscepticism’ has become common political language in all EU member states and, with the advent of the Eurozone, refugee and security crises have become increasingly ‘embedded’ within European nation states.

Thierry Kellner, Mohammad-Reza Djalili, Cairo Review of Global Affairs, The American University in Cairo, n°26, Summer 2017, pp. 71-75

When, why, and how are democratic institutions reformed? This is the broad question guiding this research, rooted in a context of crises of representative democracy. Core democratic rules can be understood as the formal political rules regulating the direct relationship between elites within the political system, parties, and citizens. They are therefore the cornerstone of the functioning of any political system. This book deals with the context, the motives, and the mechanisms explaining the incidence of institutional engineering in consolidated European democracies between 1990 and 2015. It is centred on the choice of political elites to use - or not to use - institutional engineering as a response to the challenges they face.

Book Chapter by Ramona Coman :  "The Resilience, Efficiency and Legitimacy of the EU’s Modes of Governance" in the volume "The crisis of the European Union" edited by Andreas Grimmel.

This book addresses the major challenges confronting the EU, analyses the consequences for the integration project, and develops fresh perspectives on the EU’s future prospects for coping with the most debated, current and upcoming issues, such as the rise of Euroscepticism or the contested idea of an ‘ever-closer union’. Renowned experts in European Studies from the fields of political science, law, economics and sociology provide an interdisciplinary perspective on the different dimensions of the EU’s crisis-laden situation and question whether the EU’s existing problem-solving mechanisms and methods are sufficient to address the imminent tasks.

Nouvel ouvrage dirigé par Min Reuchamps, Emilie van Haute, Jérémy Dodeigne, Audrey Vandeleene, Benjamin Biard et Jean Faniel.

Cet ouvrage marque le 20 ème anniversaire de l'Association belge francophone de science politique. Il offre un regard rétrospectif et prospectif sur la science politique en Belgique francophone et ses contributions en matière d'enseignement, de recherche, et de service à la société.

On y retrouve des contributions de multiples chercheur.e.s du Département et de l'ULB: Amandine Crespy, Ludivine Damay, Eric Fabri, Corinne Gobin, Bérengère Marques-Pereira, David Paternotte, Jean-Benoit Pilet, Andrea Rea, Marie-Catherine Wavreille

Guillaume Fagniez et Sylvain Camilleri (dir.), Dilthey et l'histoire, Paris, Vrin, 2016.

Regionalist parties matter. Over the past 40 years, they have played an ever-larger role in West European democracies. Because of their relevance and temporal persistence, their achievements have increasingly become visible not only in electoral arena, but also as regards holding office and policy-making. Enhancing our understanding of these different dimensions of success, this book analyses various types of regionalist party success. Beyond conventional perspectives, the focus of this book is also on how the dimensions of success are related to each other, and in particular to what extent electoral and office success – jointly or alternatively – contribute to policy success. Adopting a common theoretical framework and combining the in-depth knowledge of country experts, each chapter explores the evolution and impact of regionalist parties in regional or federal states, that is the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, and Switzerland. This allows for a comprehensive and comparative analysis of one of the main political challenges within West-European democracies.

Une initiation à la recherche en science politique à travers :
- des conseils pratiques pour mener à bien un travail de recherche
- une présentation pédagogique des méthodes de collecte et d’analyse des données
- des exemples concrets extraits de la littérature récente
- des tableaux de synthèse, des mises en situation et des définitions des termes clés

 

Pour apprendre à :
- élaborer une stratégie de recherche
- choisir et collecter les données pertinentes
- analyser et interpréter les résultats
- identifier les forces et les faiblesses de chaque méthode

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