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Impact of competing models on the EUs political conditionality in a turbulent neighbourhood

GEM Stones

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The Impact of competing models on the EUs political conditionality in a turbulent neighbourhood program from GEM Stones is in the fields of Comparative Politics and Area Studies (Europe with a specific focus on the European Neighbourhood/Eastern and Southern European neighbourhoods).

Overview

Key Features

The Impact of competing models on the EUs political conditionality in a turbulent neighbourhood program from GEM Stones will assess the effectiveness of the EU's instruments to promote democracy within the context of the EU's enlargement and European Neighbourhood policies. 

The main starting assumption of the ESRI 5 is that diverging political values, foreign policy approaches and alternative governance models championed by autocratic regimes around the EIJ affect the EU's ability to engage with its neighbors. 

Based on this assumption, this IRP will explore how and to what extent competing power centres around the EU, which contest EU norms have constrained or altered the main tools used in the EU's external policies in relation to its neighbourhood.

Neighborhood is defined broadly to include both the candidate countries and those that are part of the formal neighborhood agenda, which include the Eastern and Southern neighborhoods.

More specifically, the research objective of the PhD project will be to analyse how the growing contestation surrounding democracy, the rule of law and foreign policy norms (international law and multilateralism) affects EU's toolbox to promote pro-democracy and/or foreign policy principles, and in particular its political conditionality. The project is expected to study the EU's foreign policy by focusing on the impact of autocratisation processes around the EIJ on the EU's instrument of conditionality vis-å-vis third states.

Hence, the focus is expected to be on the authoritarian tendencies in the EU's neighborhood and the challenges these tendencies pose not only to the EU's norm promotion efforts, but also to its normative power claims. Therefore, the research project is expected to also address how these various forms of domestic norm contestation in the neighborhood affect the EU's role as an international actor and its foreign policy identity.

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
  • Two academic recommendation letters

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    Free
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  • 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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