First German ECSA Young Researcher Conference


This conference is devoted to the study of (in)stability of political and economic systems in a European context against the background of the financial, economic and debt crisis. While certain disciplines (such as law, economics, political science and history) have developed a sound understanding for preconditions of stability, the isolated disciplinary approaches is striking. The stability of a political system, however, is related to economic stability and the stability of the legal system. Against this background this conference follows an innovative way: "Stability" and "Instability" are understood as phenomena that can only be explained satisfactorily by interdisciplinary approaches.

Organised by

  • German ECSA Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration (AEI)
  • ZEW Mannheim

Supported by

  • Stiftung Geld und Währung
  • European Commission


We encourage young researchers (advanced PhD students and postdocs alike) from law, economics, political science and history to submit contributions which are related to the overall topic. For example, contributions might cover:

  • Defining characteristics of "stability", preconditions and threats,
  • European stability in a historical perspective,
  • Hazards to the constitutional order and the stability of legal systems,
  • The link between EU and national stability,
  • European (multi-level) governance in the crisis,
  • European financial architecture and regulation after the crisis,
  • The link between economic and political stability,
  • Stability preferences and risk aversion across the European population,
  • Stability and cohesion within the euro zone,
  • Active stabilization versus stability through institutional adjustments,
  • European coordination in situations of crisis
  • Agenda 2020 and the post-crisis strategy.

Keynote speakers

  • Werner Abelshauser, University of Bielefeld
  • Paul de Grauwe, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Gary Marks, VU Amsterdam/UNC Chapel Hill
  • Ingolf Pernice, Humboldt University Berlin

Scientific Committee

  • Ansgar Belke, Universität Duisburg-Essen (Economics)
  • Friedrich Heinemann, ZEW Mannheim (Economics)
  • Michèle Knodt, Technische Universität Darmstadt (Political Science)
  • Peter Müller-Graff, University of Heidelberg (Law)
  • Niels P. Petersson, Sheffield Hallam University (History)

Paper Submission Procedure

You are invited to hand in individual proposals for the conference. These should include an extended abstract or, preferably, the full paper. Submissions should be emailed as pdf file to by December 6, 2010.

Acceptance of proposals will be notified by December 20, 2010. Completed papers will be required by January 30, 2011. No conference fee will be charged for active presenters. We will contribute to cover accommodation and travelling expenses for presenters of accepted papers. Furthermore, we will offer the best paper a publication option for the peer reviewed journal integration.

Important Dates

  • Electronic Submission Deadline: December 6, 2010
  • Final Paper Submission Deadline: January 30, 2011




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