On Friday 30th September Diana Panke, Associate Professor at University College Dublin, gave a lecture on Small States in the European Union. She discussed how powerful small states in the day-to-day decision-making processes of the European Union are, and under what conditions they can punch above their weight.
To answer these questions, Diana Panke refered to a comprehensive survey conducted in 2009 and analyzed similarities and differences in the policy shaping activities of all 27 EU member states in the day-to-day policy-making process of the European Union. It appears that some states participate more actively in EU working parties and the COREPER than others. Dr. Panke also showed that small states can surmount size-related difficulties, most importantly through the accumulation of expertise. Thus, size is what states make out of it – small states are neither per se political dwarfs, nor power-brokers.
Dr. Diana Panke is Lecturer of Politics at University College Dublin. She previously worked as Research Associate at the Mannheim Center for European Social Research, at the Political Science Institute at the University of Heidelberg and at the Center of European Integration at the Freie Universität Berlin. She researches on small states in international negotiations, on governance beyond the nation-state and the development and degeneration of international norms.
Her lecture „Small States in the EU: Punching above their weight?“ on Friday 30th September was held in Oddi 201, from 12:00 to 13:00.