INCOOP - Dynamics of Institutional Cooperation in the European Union
The Initial Training Network (ITN) brings together a group of universities, think-tanks and high-level officials that all share a long-term interest in a better understanding of the functioning of institutions in the European system of multi-level governance. The focus of the research is the rapidly evolving field of European inter-institutional cooperation. The in-depth and inter-disciplinary study of cooperative forms of decision- and policymaking is not only of interest in the light of the current political and academic debate on institutional reform but also contributes to our broader understanding of the origins, evolution and effects of institutions. The focus of the ITN at the Mannheim node will be on domestic political parties and their role in EU policy-making. The interdisciplinary knowledge and experience of the project partners is pooled with the main objective of improving the European career opportunities of young researchers by offering them a coherent academic training programme complemented with a professional skills training programme. In addition the network will also be a catalyst for intensive cooperation and exchange of best practices amongst the participating partners and promote interaction and fertilization between academia, professional organizations and representatives of the European institutions. Given the intensity of the cooperation, it is to be expected that the network will also provide a solid basis for cooperation and interaction beyond ITN. Domestic political parties and EU policy-making: Informal cooperation in the EU’s multi-level system of governance.
Following the arrival of Dovile Rimkute as Early Stage Researcher (ESR), the main focus of the project was to conceptualize the usage of expertise in the EU’s regulatory policy-making process. First steps were undertaken to develop theory-guided explanations for variation in the use of knowledge by European regulatory agencies as well as to build a research design and a devise an appropriate selection cases for empirical investigation. The ESR presented first results at the 6th ECPR Pan-European Conference on EU Politics and the Annual Meeting of the Dutch and the Flemish Associations of Political Science.