Democratizing Europe

Antoine Vauchez will give a lecture on his latest book Democratizing Europe (Palgrave Pivot 2015 – French original Démocratiser l'Europe Seuil 2014). Following Professor Vauchez’s lecture there will be comments by Rebecca Adler-Nissen (Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen) and Poul F. Kjær (Professor MSO at the Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School).
The lecture is open and will be followed by a reception.

Antoine Vauchez is CNRS Research professor at the Université Paris 1-Sorbonne in political sociology and a permanent visiting professor at iCourts centre of excellence in Copenhagen. His book Democratizing Europe brings to a close a series of three books on law, politics and democracy in the European Union, following an edited volume Lawyering Europe (Hart, 2014) and a monograph Brokering Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Drawing from recent streams of scholarship in history, law and political sociology, Democratizing Europe provides a renewed portrait of EU government that points at the enduring leading role of independent powers (the European Court, Commission and Central Bank). Vauchez suggests that we recognize this centrality and adjust our democratization strategies in the European Union accordingly.

The lecture is part of the Author meets Critics series and is organized by Centre for Modern European Studies (CEMES) at University of Copenhagen and the European Research Council Project ‘Institutional Transformation in European Political Economy’ (ITEPE -, Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School.