Aera 2 - Europe as an area of economic and social regulation
The IEE-ULB’s second area of research addresses European policy-making by dealing with the most important areas in view of an understanding of European integration: economic governance, territories and regional policy, common market and social issues.
The second area of research in brief
This area aims to combine two ways of grappling with the European Union as a polity. On the one hand as an area where specific and complex instruments of governance are put in place in the context of regulatory policies and, more rarely, as (re)distribution polices; on the other as a political area where the (re)distributive effects of these policies lead to the mobilization of often opposing interests (politics).
Outside the coverage of European policy sectors, the second crosscutting IEE-ULB area of research includes for this purpose the study of actors and mechanisms behind collective choices in the context of a multi-level democratic system (parliamentary election and representation; lobbying/representation of interests).
Examples of key related research themes :
- Competition policy
- Corporate governance
- Environmental policy
- Regulatory policies