UNU-CRIS Seeks Abstracts for Transnational Policy Network Papers

  • 2012•10•26     Boston

    The UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UU-CRIS) has issued a Call for Papers to be presented at the GR:EEN workshop on “Financial Stability and Energy Security in the Americas and Europe: The Role of Transnational Policy Networks”. This workshop will be held in Boston on 14–15 February 2013

    This two-day international workshop is being organized within the Global Reordering: Evolution through European Networks (GR:EEN) research project. It aims to study the relations between the European Union and regional transnational policy networks (TPNs) in the Americas.

    TPNs are emerging as important elements of trans-state policymaking in the 21st century. In recent years, the ability of NGOs, transnational governance bodies and firms to shape world politics has steadily grown, and suchr study can provide us with an informal nongovernmental dimension to the debates on the interactions between the EU and other regions in the world.

    The workshop aims to bring together policymakers and academics mainly working in the fields of energy security and financial stability. These two areas are chosen not only because they form part of the themes of the GR:EEN research project, but also because they give two salient and relevant areas to understand the nature, dynamics and influence of TPNs.

    Some of the focal issues to be considered include:

    • What are TPNs and what is their role? What are the methods TPNs use in the areas of energy security and financial stability?
    • What are the relations between the EU and TPNs in the Americas?
    • What are the relationships between initiatives undertaken by TPNs and other cross-border cooperative instruments employed by state and private actors?
    • How do TPNs in the Americas operate in ways that affect the functioning of the EU in the areas of energy security and financial stability?

    TPNs to be considered will not be limited to non-state actors. The networks studied will also look at the workings of government networks, including the dynamics within the folds of regulators, law-makers and judges that operate and engage across borders.

    A special issue of a journal or an edited volume is envisaged as an outcome of the workshop.

    The deadline for the call for abstracts is 30 November 2012, with full papers are to be submitted by 15 January 2013.

    For more details and to submit, please see the Call for Papers announcement on the UNU-CRIS website.