Europe beyond the EU

Europe has an impact beyond its borders, not only through its ‘normative power’ and formative conditionality but also through its policies (e.g., on energy, trade, climate change) and economic weight (including in relation to the Eurozone crisis). In the EU ‘neighbourhood’ in particular, this impact has been expanding geographically (e.g., through the European Neighbourhood Policy) as well as in breadth and width (see for example initiatives such as the ‘Black Sea Synergy’ or cases of policy downloading such as the SEE2020 Strategy adopted in the Western Balkans in 2013). A large part of research conducted within the ‘Europe beyond the EU’ cluster focuses on this external influence and its implications. Drawing on the established expertise of our Departmental Research Unit on Southeast Europe (LSEE), the activities of the Chair in Contemporary Turkish Studies and the recent appointment of Prof Dani Rodrik as LSE Centennial Professor at the European Institute, special emphasis is placed on Turkey and the Balkans and their problems of economic adjustment and growth, policy-downloading and EU perspective, state-building and minority rights, etc. But our work on these questions also looks inwards (e.g., how the EU institutionalises processes of regional cooperation in its periphery – ‘exporting regionalism’) and extends geographically to the eastern and south Mediterranean ‘neighbourhood’ (ENP, EMP, UfM).

Recent developments in this region in particular (e.g., Libya, Egypt, Syria, Ukraine, Turkey) have at the same time shown the limits of EU’s ‘soft’ power and questioned its positive influence – despite the strengthening of institutional structures for this, e.g., through the creation of a ‘foreign minister’ in the Lisbon Treaty. Additionally, issues emerging in the wider European ‘periphery’ (e.g., concerning statehood and secessionism, Islam and democracy, minority rights) are also posing important policy and moral challenges in the European continent. Our work in this cluster covers also research questions related to these issues, including the place of Islam in Europe, the nature and limits of the western normative project, European identity and nationalism, migration and minority rights, the legitimacy of external democratisation, and others.

Examples of Key Research Themes

Soft power and conditionality

Neighbourhood policy and its impact in the partnership countries

Turkey and the EU

Regional cooperation and European integration in Southeast Europe

Social, political and economic challenges in the EU periphery

National identity and religion

The Western normative project 

Europe beyond the EU - Highlights



The Social Consequences of the Global Economic Crisis in South East Europe

Edited by Will Bartlett and Milica Uvalić
The impact of the Eurozone crisis on the peripheral countries of the EU has been well documented, with much commentary and debate about the social and economic impact on EU member States such as Greece, Spain and Portugal. However, the serious social consequences of the economic crisis on the countries of South East Europe have been far less in the spotlight of public awareness.
The book presents a comprehensive snapshot of the social situation in the region of South East Europe, and sheds new light on the nature and depth of the social challenges that the region faces.
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Recent Selected Publications

Bartlett W., Maleković S., and Monastiriotis V. (eds) (2013), Decentralization and Development in Southeast Europe, Palgrave Macmillan

Bartlett, Will (2013) Structural unemployment in the Western Balkans: challenges for skills anticipation and matching policies, European Planning Studies, 21 (6). 890-908. ISSN 0965-4313

Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna and Ker-Lindsay, James and Kostovicova, Denisa, eds (2013) Civil society and transitions in the Western Balkans New perspectives on South-East Europe. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9780230292895

Bryant, Rebecca and Hatay, Mete (2013) Soft politics and hard choices: an assessment of Turkey’s new regional diplomacy PCC Reports, 2/2013. Peace Research Institute (PRIO), Oslo, Norway. ISBN 9788272885198

Economides, Spyros (2013) Kosovo, self-determination and the international order Europe-Asia studies, 65 (5). 823-836. ISSN 0966-8136

Glendinning, Simon (2013) Three cultures of atheism: on serious doubts about the existence of God International journal for philosophy of religion, 73 (1). 39-55. ISSN 0020-7047

Gordon, Claire E, Kmezic, Marko and Opardija, Jasmina (eds.) (2013) Stagnation and drift in the Western Balkans: the challenges of political, economic and social change Interdisciplinary studies on Central and Eastern Europe, 10. Peter Lang AG, Pieterlen, Switzerland. ISBN 9783034311526

Jackson-Preece, Jennifer (2013) Constructing minority rights from equality guarantees In: European yearbook of minority issues, volume 10 (2010/2011). Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands.

Karaman, Kivanc and Pamuk, Sevket (2013), Different Paths to the Modern State in Europe: The Interaction Between Warfare, Economic Structure, and Political Regime, American Political Science Review, vol.107 (3), pp.603-626.

Ker-Lindsay, James (2013) Preventing the emergence of self-determination as an norm of secession: an assessment of the Kosovo ‘unique case’ argument Europe-Asia Studies, 65 (5). 837-856. ISSN 1465-3427

Monastiriotis, Vassilis (2014) Origin of FDI and domestic productivity spillovers: does European FDI have a 'productivity advantage' in the ENP countries? LSE 'Europe in Question' discussion paper series, 70/2013. The London School of Economics and Political Science, London.

Monastiriotis, Vassilis (2014) Regional growth and national development: transition in Central and Eastern Europe and the regional Kuznets curve in the east and the west, Spatial Economic Analysis, vol.9 (2) (forthcoming).

Ozyurek, Esra (2013) Turkish Converts to Islam and German Converts to Christianity Challenge National Identities. In: Gulalp, Haldun and Seufert, Gunther (eds.) Religion, Identity, and Politics: Germany and Turkey in Interaction, Routledge.

Ozyurek, Esra (2014) Being German, Becoming Muslim: Race, Religion, and Conversion. Princeton University Press (forthcoming).

Rodrik, Dani (2012), The Turkish Economy after the Global Financial Crisis, Ekonomi-tek: International Economics Journal of the Turkish Economic Association, vol.1 (1), pp.41-61.

Rodrik, Dani (2013) Who Needs the Nation-State?, CEPR Discussion Paper No9040, Center for Economic Policy Research, London.


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Staff in the European Institute working in this area include:

Doctoral students

  • Sonja Avlijas
  • Jonathan Charlton
  • Madalina Dobrescu
  • Roch Dunin-Wasowicz
  • Jonathan Marley
  • Bjarke Morkore Stigel Hansen
  • Maria Werdine-Norris
  • Paula Zoido Oses