Two Lectures By Dorota Dakowska
Building Democracy in Europe?
Political Foundations and the Union’s Enlargement Process
February 24, 2015, 6:00–7:30 pm
Room 707, International Affairs Building (420 W. 118th St.), New York City, NY
Columbia University – East European Center
The European Union’s enlargements have been analyzed mainly from the institutional and public policy perspective. The case of party political foundations invites us to shed light on the dimension of politics and the way in which the relations between political parties from Central-Eastern and Western Europe were established and managed. The international activity of German political foundations can be discussed through the lenses of democracy promotion in post-authoritarian regimes but also of network building and transnational transfers in the European political space.
The Contentious Europeans—Euroscepticism Revisited
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)
Please join the Harriman Institute, the East Central European Center, and Columbia University’s Central and Eastern European Club for a conversation with Dorota Dakowska, a leading expert on Central and Eastern European Politics.
Contemporary contestation of European integration takes various forms. Is Eurosepticism a useful tool to analyze heterogeneous forms of criticism expressed individually and collectively in Western and Eastern Europe? Can we classify citizens’ attitudes as being for or against the EU? How do political party leaders refer to European integration? Our conversation will address these questions as well as more general social and political uses of Europe.
Dorota Dakowska is Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of Strasbourg (Sciences Po). Her recent book, Le pouvoir des fondations. Des acteurs de la politique étrangère allemande (Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2014), explores German political foundations’ and their involvement in the Central and Eastern European transitions as well as several articles in journals and chapters in edited volumes on the EU Eastern Enlargement, the German foreign policy and its actors as well as transnational party cooperation.