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In this issue: Bridging today’s research with tomorrow's policies| GlobalStat: navigate globalisation | We all speak Global GovernanceThe Academy of Global Governance | Highlights | Publications |

A governance lens to study Europe and the world

 
Dear Readers,
 
It is with great pleasure that I open this first newsletter issue for 2014 as the new Director of both the  Global Governance Programme and of the Robert Schuman Centre.  The  Global Governance Programme is indeed one of the Centre’s flagship programmes and is central to our mission to act as a bridge between the academy and the world of practice. Issues of global governance are amongst the most salient and challenging problems to be addressed in the contemporary world and for this reason, at the  Global Governance Programme we undertake high quality research and bring together scholars and policymakers in an intellectually vibrant forum to generate debate and deliberation on major topics. As you will read, our research community is truly global, we welcome senior and early career scholars from around the world who, together with our faculty, constitute the beating heart of our Programme. Learn more about their work, visit our website, check-out our publications and events, and keep abreast of the debate on global governance. 

 

 
 

Director Global Governance Programme
News
The Global Governance Programme congratulates Dr. Iryna Ulasiuk, Research Assistant of the Cultural Pluralism Research Area, for her recent appointment as Legal Adviser at the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.

Upcoming Events
Workshop: Changing Paradigms after the Global Financial Crisis: Social and Economic Perspectives, Anna Triandafyllidou (EUI) , André Prüm (University of Luxemburg), Pablo Iglesias Rodriguez (VU University), 21 March 2014

Global Governance by Indicators: Sustainability and Sustainable Public Finances, Nehal Bhuta (EUI), Gaby Umbach (EUI), 10-11 April 2014 

Bridging today’s research with tomorrow’s policies

   
An ever larger share of national output and employment involves participation in international value chains, with firms specialising in defined inputs and services that are embodied in a final product.  Economic development and growth prospects of countries depend on effective policies that support the ability of firms to participate in the global economy.  Global value chains offer a useful framework to better understand how regulations impact on trade and investment and to identify policies that governments can use to enable firms to better exploit trade opportunities. Such policies may generate negative impacts on other countries. International agreements are a key instrument used by governments to agree on policy disciplines to reduce such detrimental spillover effects.  The Global Economics area
 conducts policy-relevant research in the area of trade, investment and economic development. Our team focuses on issues of interest to the European Union and to EU Member States, including in relation to the functioning and future of the multilateral trading system (the WTO), so-called mega-regional trade agreements (the EU’s negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement and a plurilateral Trade in Services Agreement), and the trade and investment policies of large emerging economies and developing countries. We work closely with partners, for example a recent initiative launched in December 2013 with the World Trade Institute is the Trade Policy Modelling Forum, an international network of leading analysts that aims to improve model-based analysis of deep trade integration initiatives. The first meeting of the forum will focus on the TTIP and is planned for the Spring.

Read Also
Sustaining Multilateral Trade Cooperation in a Multipolar World Economy, Bernard M. Hoekman

Multilateral Trade Cooperation post-Bali. Three Suggestions, by Bernard M. Hoekman in Building on Bali: A Work Programme for the WTO, Vox.EU ebook, edited by Simon J Evenett and Alejandro Jara

Why isn’t India a Major Global Player?: The Political Economy of Trade Liberalization, Jayanta Roy and Pritam Banerjee  

Upcoming Events
Executive Training: The Barebones of the Subsidies and Countervailing Measures Agreement, 7-9 April  
Deadline for application: 7 March
Programme
Application form

 
   
What are the current socio-economic conditions for migrants and ethnic minorities? Do they face the same issues? Despite 25 years of policies for First Nations in North America and Aboriginals in Australia, nearly 15 years of extensive anti-discrimination policies in Europe and the democratisation of Central and Eastern Europe, data for employment, education, health and housing prove that both groups are still deeply affected by discrimination in vital spheres of life. They suffer from low employment rates, concentration in specific labour market segments, low wages, poor working conditions and underrepresentation in senior positions. Their educational attainment is on average lower than that of other groups, being underrepresented in higher education tracks. They are generally in worse health conditions, they often reside in poorer urban districts with fewer public facilities, they live in poorer housing conditions, and are less likely to own property, than the rest of the population.
With eminent experts, like Rainer Baubock, Bruno de Witte, and Will Kymlicka, we thought about what should be brought today to the attention of decision makers, at the European and global level, to stimulate sound policies designed to address jointly the needs of native minorities and migrant populations. With a first "White Paper on Migrants and Minorities: Towards a Common Rights’ Framework" we aim to answer some pressing questions: Do old and new minorities face the same challenges? Can we establish a common international rights framework for both groups in specific policy areas? What can we learn from successful practices addressing one or the other group? Can we adapt language and education rights and policies for native minority children to the needs of migrant children? Should anti-discrimination or positive action programmes in the labour market address the two groups in tandem or should they be tailored to specific minorities or migrant groups’ needs? The White Paper kicks off an evidence-based argument and puts forward ideas that will be  discussed with representatives of international organisations - OSCE, OECD - of European institutions - Council of Europe, Fundamental Rights Agency and European Commission DG Justice - and important think-tanks  - Migration Policy Institute, Migration Policy Group, Open Society Institute - on the occasion of a policy seminar convened in March.
 

GlobalStat: navigate globalisation 

 
The Globalisation Database, to go online in fall 2014 under the acronym GlobalStat, aims to address the basic need for statistical data on developments in a globalised world, which are key to evidence-based analysis and informed decision-making in global governance. By presenting country-level data (from 1960s to the present days whenever possible) and focussing on the economic and political foundation of global human interaction as well as on their key environmental, social and societal aspects, the database will provide detailed information on the way human beings live, what freedoms they enjoy and what limitations they face.
Under the direction of Gaby Umbach, starting in 2011, an intense conceptualisation phase resulted in the design of the database and the selection of the indicators (grouped in 15 thematic areas). Since 2012, a huge amount of data has been collected and processed from international statistical sources, wherever possible for the 193 UN member states. With this selection of statistical data, GlobalStat will be a central reference point for empirical research and policy-shaping, adding an important source of information to support the understanding and interrelation of policy developments; the assessment and evaluation of policies; as well as the monitoring and measurement of progress. It will be a freely accessible tool offering citizens, academics, stakeholders and policymakers an excellent source of information to strengthen their knowledge-base on globalisation, sustainable development and human well-being.

We all speak Global Governance

 
Keith Maskus (University of Colorado) and Donald Regan (University of Michigan), for global economics, Will Kymlicka and Keith Banting (Queen's University), Tariq Modood (University of Bristol) and Bhikhu Parekh (University of Westminster), for democracy and diversity, and Thomas Christiansen (Maastricht University), for EU-China relations, are just some of the distinguished scholars who will enrich with ideas, insights and expertise the vibrant research community of the Global Governance Programme in the coming months. Distinguished scholars and promising young academics are a vital source of stimulus for the advancement of the research produced at the Global Governance Programme, and of inspiration for the debate generated on issues that are topical beyond academia and the European boundaries. 
 

With my project (FEMIDE/Female Migration from Developed Countries in Southern Europe) I investigate the socio-economic integration of high-skilled migrant women from Anglophone countries in Italy and Greece, aiming to address, among others, the following key questions and their policy implications: who are these high-skill migrant women? what are the  obstacles they face in their integration into the labour-market and into the host society? The findings show that the majority of high-skill migrant women settle in Southern Europe as “marriage migrants” (married to Italian/Greek men). The cross-border marriage often creates breeding ground for sharpened nationalistic sentiments within the host community, negatively affecting the integration process. The most successfully integrated women are those who manage to have their professionalism acknowledged and who make best use of the social capital/net of their husbands and/or of their communities (rather than of the resources offered by expatriates’ clubs). My findings suggest that it is crucial for receiving countries to adopt more flexible integration policies which should take into account gender and family issues to draw on migrant’s human capital. 
Iryna Isakian
Marie Curie GGP fellow 2013-2014

In my research project (Intra-Industry Trade, Political Institutions, and Levels of Protection in OECD Countries) I am examining trade politics in the European Union, in particular observing how the structure of international trade affects the degree to which firms create coalitions to influence trade policy, and whether changes in trade structure undermine these coalitions and prompt individual action by firms.  During my first months of fellowship, I have been collecting data on the political activities of select European industries aiming to influence trade policy. Specifically, I am looking at the way in which the change from inter-industry trade to intra-industry trade affects the shape and activities of coalitions organised for collective action. In February I will conduct interviews with policymakers, industry associations and representatives from European firms, in Brussels, to provide supportive evidence for my thesis: as intra-industry trade increases, coalitional activity declines and individual firm lobbying increases.
Mary Anne Madeira 
Jean Monnet GGP fellow 2013-2014

The Academy of Global Governance


 
In 2013 over 250 professionals and academics from all over the world chose the Academy of Global Governance executive training to gain skills and knowledge to advance their career in EU institutions, national governments, international organisations and business, and to join a wide and dynamic network of first-rate experts.  
At the Academy we have trained officials from some 50 institutions, including the European External Action Service, the WTO, the OECD, the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the United Nations Secretariat, as well as academics from top universities and research centres, such as the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the New York University, the McGill University and Princeton University.

In 2014, the Academy expands its offer by providing “tailor-made training” programmes. These are designed to fulfil specific institutions’ training needs and are geared towards professional development and updating the knowledge base of staff. Building on its expertise, and taking advantage of the faculty of the European University Institute as well as of its extensive network of experts, the Academy can design customised training programmes for junior, middle or senior management officials, on a variety of subjects related to the research areas that are the focus of the Global Governance Programme. The first two tailor-made programmes will be provided to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Trade Centre. 
 
The Academy Spring session includes the first executive training on China, in partnership with the think-tank T.wai, the successful third edition of the training on trade and the functioning of the WTO, and the second inspiring training on the socio-economic implications of cultural diversity.
 
Programmes and registration forms available on academy.eui.eu


Global governance: multifaceted challenges
Women make up half of the potential human capital available in any economy and the issue of gender parity is increasingly raised as a global governance aspiration. Ruth Rubio-Marín (EUI) interviewed Aparna Mehrotra (UN System Focal Point for Women) at the side of a policy event of the Global Governance Programme on the trend towards gender quotas endorsement in global political and economic decision-making bodies.
 

 
Is freedom of expression a fundamental human right to be guaranteed also on the Internet? “The State Must Apply Content Based Restrictions on the Internet. In Favour or Against?”. Listen to the arguments of Martin Scheinin (EUI professor and first UN Special Rapporteur for the Protection of Human Rights and Counterterrorism) – in favour – and Kristen Taylor (Al Jazeera America) - against - at the first Global Governance Programme Oxford Style debate. 

Disentangling the Migration and Asylum Knot. Dealing with Crisis Situations and Avoiding Detention
Anna Triandafyllidou

Philanthropy in Africa and the Future of EU’s Development Policies: Useful Synergies?
Damien Helly

Sustaining Multilateral Trade Cooperation in a Multipolar World Economy
Bernard M. Hoekman

First Diagnose, then Treat: What Ails the Doha Round?
Robert Wolfe

The Middle East at a Crossroads: How to Face the Perils of Nuclear Development in a Volatile Region 
Grégoire Mallard and Paolo Foradori
 
Tax Policy in the 21st Century: New Concepts for Old Problems 
Jeffrey Owens

Economic Enclaves or Bridges to the Global Economy? Foreign and Diaspora Investments in Developing Countries
Vito Amendolagine and Nicola D. Conigli
 
Black Europe? Some views from Afro-Surinamese migrants in the Netherlands
Sabrina Marchetti

What does the recent WTO litigation on renewable energy subsidies tell us about methodology in legal analysis? The good, the bad, and the ugly
Luca Rubini
 
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