Special issue: Political leadership in the EU

The Journal of European Integration (Volume 39, Issue 2) has recently published a special issue on Political leadership in the EU. The special issue has open access until February 24th and includes papers on:

  • Reconsidering Jacques Delors’ leadership of the European union

  • Setting Europe’s agenda: the Commission presidents and political leadership

  • Policy leadership in the European Commission: the regulation of EU mobile roaming charges

  • Leadership in the European Council: an assessment of Herman Van Rompuy’s presidency

  • The standing president of the European Council: intergovernmental or supranational leadership?

  • Transforming representative democracy in the EU? The role of the European Parliament

  • Political leadership of the European Central Bank

  • The paradoxes of legitimate EU leadership. An analysis of the multi-level leadership of Angela Merkel and Alexis Tsipras during the euro crisis

  • Assessing the European Union’s global climate change leadership: from Copenhagen to the Paris Agreement

To read the special issue, please visit the JEI website. Short policy-briefs based on the articles may be found here.

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ECPR Panel the role of political leadership in EU politics and policy-making

At the ECPR general conference in Oslo on 6-9 September 2017, Femke van Esch, Henriette Muller and Marij Swinkels will host a panel: “The Role of Leadership in EU Politics and Policy-Making: The Value of Theoretical and Methodological Cross-Fertilization“.

The panel is part of the section on political elites and political leadership, titled “Old Dogs, New Tricks: Elites and Political Leadership in Contemporary Politics”. Our panel is entitled: “The role of leadership in EU politics and policy-making: The value of theoretical and methodological cross-fertilization”. The panel is still open for papers. If you wish to submit a paper for this panel please contact the Panel Chair(s) directly. More information about the Panel and the Chairs can be found below. The deadline for paper proposals is midnight GMT on 15 February 2017 so ensure you do so before this date.

Panel Chairs

Panel Chair: Professor Dr. Femke van Esch, Utrecht School of Governance; f.a.w.j.vanesch@uu.nlPanel Co-Chairs: Dr. Henriette Müller, New York University Abu Dhabi/Humboldt University Berlin; henriette.mueller@nyu.edu. Marij Swinkels, MA, Utrecht School of Governance; e.m.swinkels@uu.nl

Panel theme

Recent crises have shown that the EU has entered an era of transformation. Facing a rise in nationalism and with the legitimacy of the EU’s founding institutions at stake, European leaders are struggling to find common responses to these challenges that increasingly require transboundary, collective and determined leadership. The field of European studies, however, is predominantly institutional in nature and often neglects the impact of agency. Conversely, most leadership studies focus on the (sub-)national level and have yet to apply their ideas to European governance. While many single case studies of the actions and impacts of European leaders exist, there have only been few theoretically guided, comparative or large N-studies of the role of leadership in EU politics and policy-making (Van Esch & Swinkels 2015, Müller 2016). This Panel brings together experts on political leadership and EU governance to address the following questions: How do the formal and informal structures and practices of European politics affect the exertion of leadership – both individual and collective – at the national and supranational level? How do the behavior and characteristics of European leaders affect the process of European integration? How can we integrate the concept of leadership more systematically into the often institutionally driven theories of European integration? By addressing these questions, we aim to infuse EU studies with a more in-depth understanding of leadership, analyze the multifold implications of the EU system for exerting leadership and stimulate theoretically rigorous and methodologically comparative research in the study of European leadership.

For more information, please. visit the ECPR conference website

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Book on leaders leaving political office

In her latest book ‘Losing Political Office’, dr. Jane Roberts analyses the different impacts of leaving political office. Representative democracy depends on politicians exiting office, and yet while there is considerable interest in who stands for and gains office, there is curiously little discussed about this process. Drawing on in-depth interviews conducted with British politicians, this book seeks to address this gap by asking: What is the experience like? What happens to politicians as they make the transition from office? What is the impact on their partners and family? Does it matter to anyone other than those immediately affected? Are there any wider implications for our democratic system? The book may appeal to academics in the fields of leadership, political science, public management and administration and psychology.

Roberts, J. (2017) Losing Political Office. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-319-39701-6.

Have an interesting publication, workshop, or conference on leadership in the public or political domain that you would like to spotlight here? Please contact the PUPOL executive board via info@pupolnetwork.com

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2017 IASIA-MENAPAR Conference with public leadership panel

The International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) and the Middle East & North Africa Public Administration Research Network (MENAPAR) in close collaboration with the General Personnel Council (GPC), are organizing the 2017 IASIA-MENAPAR Joint Conference to be held from 3-7 July 2017 in Ramallah, Palestine. 

The conference will bring together practitioners, academics, PhD students and young researchers in public administration and management, as well as contributors from any other disciplines who will exchange on the following main theme: Public Administration’s role in building and consolidating post-conflict states. The call for papers can be downloaded on the conference website

The conference hosts nine IASIA working groups, including a panel on Public Leadership and Governance (panel VI). To download the call for papers or submit your paper, please visit the conference website. Abstracts are due 15 February 2017, full papers must be submitted before 15 May 2017. 

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Panel discussion on political leadership in the EU

What? Panel discussion by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of the University of Osnabrück, Germany, and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of the University of Victoria, Canada
When? 09/02/2017, 16:30-18:30
Where? 99-101 rue Belliard in the European Quarter of Brussels, Jacques Delors building, JDE 70 (7th floor)

This event will present and discuss research findings on various aspects of political leadership in the EU: the performance of individual leaders, the strategic choices of EU institutions, and the role of individuals and institutions in specific circumstances and issue areas. Main issues for discussion are: Is the European Union “leaderless” or, else, does it have too many leaders? What are the opportunities and constraints for exercising leadership at European level? What is the impact of supranational and intergovernmental leadership on the course of integration? To what extent can individual leaders put their footprint on EU affairs? Target audiences include CoR members, officials of EU institutions, Permanent Representations of the Member States, representatives from regional offices, interest groups and civil society organisations as well as academics. The event will be followed by a reception.

• Welcome and introduction
• Presentation of the main findings of the research project on political leadership in the EU
• Comment on and discussion of the research findings by representatives of EU institutions
• Discussion with the audience
• Conclusions

Research Team
• Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Tömmel, University of Osnabrück, Germany,
• Prof. Dr. Amy Verdun, University of Victoria, Canada.

Representatives of EU Institutions
• N.N. European Parliament.
• Sandra Kramer, Member of the Cabinet of the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker,
• Dr. Allison Weston, European External Action Service,

• Wolfgang Petzold, Deputy Director, European Committee of the Regions.

For more information, visit the website of the European Committee of the Regions

Have an interesting publication, workshop, or conference on leadership in the public or political domain that you would like to spotlight here? Please contact the PUPOL executive board via info@pupolnetwork.com

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ILA Conference CfP: Leadership in Turbulent Times

From 12-15 October 2017 the International Leadership Association’s 19th Annual Global Conference: Leadership in Turbulent Times will take place in Brussels, Belgium.

Call for Proposals Deadline: 1 February 2017

The International Leadership Association seeks proposals from the global community that represent the best contemporary thinking about leadership from a diverse range of leadership scholars and researchers, coaches and consultants, educators and students, executives and public leaders, thought-leaders and other leadership professionals.

The conference theme, Leadership in Turbulent Times, along with six tracks that focus more broadly on leadership in education, scholarship and research, development and coaching, business, public, and youth will be explored during pre-conference workshops, keynote presentations, concurrent sessions (papers, panels, presentations, symposia, and workshops), roundtable discussions, and poster sessions.

The complete call is available online here.

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FASPE summer leadership fellowship: Deadline 12 January


FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics in Business) is now accepting applications for its 2017 Business program.

FASPE Business is a fully-funded, two-week summer program that uses the conduct of executives and managers in Nazi Germany as a launching point and backdrop for an intensive study of contemporary business ethics and leadership. FASPE Business is predicated upon the power of place. Fellows visit Auschwitz and other sites in Germany and Poland where they consider how to apply the lessons of history to the ethical challenges they will face in their careers.

In 2017, the program will take place from Sunday, May 21 to Friday, June 2. (Fellows are expected to arrive in Europe by Saturday, May 20) All program costs are covered, including round-trip travel from New York to Europe, European travel, lodging, and food. FASPE Business Fellows travel and share some seminars with Fellows in the FASPE Journalism and Law programs.

FASPE Business is open to American and European MBA and MSC students and those who have received their MBA or MSC degrees between January 2015 and January 2017.

To learn more about FASPE and to apply, please visit: www.FASPE.info

Completed applications are due by Thursday, January 12, 2017.

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New book on public leadership and crisis management

In the second edition of their important book ‘The Politics of Crisis Management. Public Leadership under Pressure‘, Arjen Boin, Paul ‘t Hart, Eric Stern and Bentt Sundelius provide a comprehensive analysis on strategic leadership during crisis. They examine how leaders during crises deal with the challenges they face, the political risks and opportunities they encounter, the pitfalls they must avoid, and the paths towards reform they may pursue. The book is grounded in decades of collaborative, cross-national and multidisciplinary case study research and has been updated to include new insights and examples from the last decade.

9781107118461-2For more about the book or to order your copy, please visit the website of Cambridge University Press.

Have an interesting publication, workshop, or conference on leadership in the public or political domain that you would like to spotlight here? Please contact the PUPOL executive board via info@pupolnetwork.com

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New book by PUPOL affiliates

Routledge recently published ‘The Routledge Companion to Leadership‘. Edited by two of our PUPOL affiliates — Jean Hartley and Paul ‘t Hart– together with John Storey and David Ulrich, this book may be of special interest to fellow PUPOL members. 

The Routledge Companion to Leadership provides a survey of the contentious and dynamic discipline of leadership. The book covers key themes in the field, including advances in leadership theory, leadership in a range of contexts and geographies, leadership failure, leadership process, and leadership development. Topics range from micro studies to wider political analyses of leadership, taking in unusual but important aspects such as portrayals of leadership in architecture, media, and science fiction.

Contributions from 61 internationally renowned authors from 16 countries make available the full range of perspectives, approaches, and insights on the idea of leadership. Providing both a social sciences and a psychological approach, these go beyond common themes to offer diverse perspectives on such topics as emotion and leadership, portrayals of leadership. The book situates leadership debates and evidence within contemporary leadership crises, while ensuring that the explorations of the issues are of enduring relevance. For more about the book or to order your copy, please visit the Routledge website.

Have an interesting book or paper on leadership in the public or political domain that you would like to spotlight here? Please contact the PUPOL executive board via info@pupolnetwork.com

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Special issue Public Administration

We are delighted to announce that a special issue on the topic of leadership for public and social value will be published in Public Administration with Jean Hartley, Mark Bennister, Alessandro Sancino, and Sandra L. Resodihardjo as guest editors.

Please keep an eye out on the website of Public Administration and PUPOL where the call for papers will soon be published. For now, we want to draw your attention to the fact that the first deadline for a preliminary accept/reject by the special issue editors is end of June 2017. You can send your paper to the corresponding special guest editor Alessandro Sancino (alessandro.sancino@open.ac.uk). If you get preliminary accepted, we will provide feedback which you can take into account when editing your paper before submitting it to the Public Administration website before 1 October 2017. Your paper will then go through the Public Administration’s regular peer review process upon which the Public Administration’s editors will decide on an accept, revise & resubmit or reject. If you are considering submitting a paper to this special issue, we strongly suggest handing in a full conference paper so you can get additional feedback during the conference before submitting it to us by the end of June.

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