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Dissensus over the Rule of Law in Transnational Parliamentary Arenas - The case of the European Parliament

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This 3-Year-long Dissensus over the Rule of Law in Transnational Parliamentary Arenas - The case of the European Parliament program from GEM Stones is offered as part of a specific collective project within a multiannual international research effort on Globalisation, Europe, and Multilateralism (GEM). 

Overview

Key Features

This project, coordinated by the Institut d’études européennes (IEE) at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), will assess the EU’s capacity to act given the challenges facing Democratic Institutions, the rise of Alternative MOdels and mounting Normative Dissensus (DIAMOND).

The Dissensus over the Rule of Law in Transnational Parliamentary Arenas - The case of the European Parliament program from GEM Stones will tackle the concept of dissensus from a political science perspective by analysing the recent shift from consensus to dissensus regarding liberal democracy. This individual doctoral project will focus on debates in the European Parliament (EP) when unpacking the conflicting conceptions of democracy and the rule of law promoted since the early 1990s. It will shed new light on power and lines of conflict, be they ideological, partisan, strategic or gendered, and map the actors and their political and social resources involved in these controversies along the different lines of conflict. With a focus on power and ideas, ESR1 will explore conflicting conceptions of democracy and the rule of law promoted by different political groups in the EP since the early 1990s.

The European Parliament is an ideal case to shed light on the divide over the rule of law. As a collective body competing for the embodiment of European democracy, over the past decades, the EP has made the rule of law a central cause. The EP constitutes an excellent empirical field to observe the shift from consensus to dissensus and its effect on the European policy processes.

ESR 1 is expected to contribute to the establishment of a typology of dissensus and to use both qualitative and quantitative research methods, including content analysis of parliamentary debates in the EP as well as network analysis that will map the actors of consensus and dissensus over the rule of law.

Programme Structure

GEM-DIAMOND’s overall research program will collectively tackle three shared knowledge gaps regarding contemporary strains on liberal democracy:
  • Objective 1: Conceptualising the seemingly mounting dissensus surrounding liberal democracy.
  • Objective 2: Unpacking the ambiguous role different actors can play as both champions and challengers of liberal democratic norms, values and practices.
  • Objective 3: Assessing the impact of increased dissensus regarding liberal democracy on the policy instruments of the EU and its capacity to act in its internal and external policies.

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

As part of their application, candidates will be asked to submit a personal interpretation of the research project in the form a specific project proposal of 2-3 pages, including a research question, a theoretical framework, a methodological strategy, and a justification for the suggested empirical choices.

Candidates must apply through the GEM-DIAMOND online application system,which will request the following information:
  • A personal profile form (incl. CV overview)
  • A scientific profile form (incl. ESR’s expression of interest, statement of motivation and personal interpretation of the research project)
  • A full academic CV
  • An academic record with scan of the degree qualifications
  • A proof of language proficiency
  • 6Two academic recommendation letters

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    Free
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    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Free
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    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 36 months.

4000€ Gross per month (48.000€ / year). This is a gross EU contribution to the salary cost of the researcher. The net salary will result from deducting all compulsory (employer/employee) social security contributions as well as direct taxes.

Living costs for Brussels

885 - 1305 EUR /month
Living costs

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