Conference / Convener Group Updates
Comparative Immigration and Integration Project (CIIP)
The Comparative Immigration and Integration Program (CIIP) has continued to produce and distribute Migration News ( migration.ucdavis.edu) and has planned a seminar on Migration and Terrorism for March 5-6, 2004 in San Diego.
Phil Martin, the project’s principal researcher, gave three migration-related talks in November 2003: "Sustainable Labor Migration Policies in a Globalizing World" (Washington University, St Louis, November 2003); "Turkey: Ready for Europe?" (UC Berkeley, November 2003); "Migration in the 21st Century" (ICMPD, Vienna, November 2003). And Stanford will publish the second edition of this book in 2004: Cornelius, Wayne A., Philip L. Martin and James F. Hollifield. Eds. 1994. Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. www.sup.org
For information about past CIIP activities and events, v isit the IES Annual Report 2002-2003 site at: ies.berkeley.edu/annualreport
The IES and the Austrian Marshall Fund have signed an agreement to create an Austria-Berkeley Program to promote scholarly collaboration between faculty and graduate students at the University of California, Berkeley; Vienna University; and the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, with the goal of advancing research on both sides of the Atlantic on comparative U.S.-EU economic issues.
The Austria-Berkeley Program, administered by Berkeley’s Barry Eichengreen through IES, Dieter Stiefel of the Vienna University and Michael Landesmann of the Vienna Institute for Economic research, will center on three activities: a program of short-term visits, a collaborative research competition, and an annual research conference. The Program will run for three years beginning January 1, 2004. It will be funded by a generous grant from the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, while the Institute of European Studies will provide supplementary funding to help support the three core activities of the Program. These are (1) short term visits for faculty and advanced graduate students of one to three months duration, (2) annual research conferences, two to be held in Berkeley, and a final one to be held in Vienna, (3) a collaborative research program based on competitive applications and designed to promote joint work in the fields to which the program addresses itself.
During the Fall 2003, Barry Eichengreen met with Dieter Stiefel of the University of Vienna, and Michael Landesmann of the Institute for Advanced Study-Vienna in Vienna in November 2003, to discuss plans for the first Berkeley-Vienna joint conference, to be held in Berkeley in September 2004.
Comparative bond market development in Europe & Asia
In recent years the European Union has sought to cultivate closer relations with regional entities in Asia, perhaps partly as a way of "balancing" U.S. influence. An example is the joint meetings of European and Asian finance ministers (the Asia-EU process) now held annually to discuss monetary and financial issues. Many of these discussions have centered on lessons of Europe's experience with the euro for monetary integration and financial development in Asia. Berkeley has already attempted to inform this process by launching a joint initiative of the Institute of European Studies and Institute of East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley to promote research on comparative monetary integration.
Barry Eichengreen visited Brussels in January 2004 to discuss comparative bond market development with EC and G-10 officials. In the Fall 2003, two publications resulted from this project: "Why Doesn't Asia Have Bigger Bond Markets?" (forthcoming in a volume edited by Robert MacCauley and Yung Chul Park) and "The New Economy, Productivity Growth and Catching Up in Europe" (forthcoming in the Review of International Economics.
European Food Safety Regulation:
The Challenge of Multi-Level Governance
Chris Ansell and David Vogel
Following highly contentious public health crises associated with Bovine sponigorm encephalopathy ("mad cow disease" or BSE) and dioxins and international trade disputes over beef growth hormones and genetically-modified foods, European food safety institutions have been undergoing a major transformation. In January 2003, Chris Ansell and David Vogel brought together a group of European scholars working on these topics to investigate the broader regulatory and political implications of these developments. Their premise was that the food safety crisis provided a lens into a range of issues associated with European integration, risk and regulation, and the increasing importance of multi-level governance. The meeting, cosponsored and locally hosted by Sciences Po, in Paris, and attended by scholars from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, and the UK, was particularly memorable in that it brought together a community of scholars that had been working in relative isolation. This community was enhanced by a website that Ansell and Vogel created to facilitate the meeting and to encourage an exchange of information and research among the participants.
A second, much smaller meeting of North American scholars working on European food safety issues was held in Berkeley in March 2003 to explore similar issues. These meetings were exploratory, meant to map the issue. As a result, Ansell and Voegl refocused the project around the concept of "contested governance." As the emerging theme of the project, they argue that contestation over food safety regulation extends beyond conflict over policy, to a more pervasive delegitimation of institutions and policy-making processes. Multi-level governance (the original theme) became one primary issue contributing to the difficulty of adapting to this delegitimation.
Based on this first series of meeting, they selected a smaller group of participants to meet again with the goal of producing an edited volume around this theme of contested governance. The second meeting, open to the public, was held in Berkeley in November, 2003. The papers presented at the meeting will appear in an edited volume and are organized around the following themes: public-private tensions, national case studies, and the international dimension of food safety regulations. The draft papers can be viewed online at www.polisci.berkeley.edu/faculty/bio/
The Current State of Visual Culture Studies
Martin Jay is organizing a conference, entitled "Show and Tell: The Current State of Visual Culture Studies," which will take place April 9-10, 2004. The conference organizers "have been extraordinarily lucky in attracting an international roster of leading contributors to this field." The list of conference contributors follows:
Mieke Bal (Internationally renowned cultural critic and theorist, Mieke Bal is Professor of Literature at the University of Amsterdam and A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University.)
Whitney Davis (UC Berkeley, Professor of Art History and chair of the Art History Dept.)
Hal Foster (Townsend Martin Professor of Art History at Princeton)
Shannon Jackson (Associate Professor of Performance Studies at Berkeley. Her areas of specialization include performance studies, contemporary theatre, American studies, sex/gender studies, adaptation, and performance historiography.)
Georgina Kleege (novelist and author of Sight Unseen)
W.J.T. Mitchell (University of Chicago, Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor, English, Art History, Editor, Critical Inquiry)
Marq Smith (History of Art, Film & Visual Media, Birkbeck College; Kingston University)
Catherine Soussloff (UCSC, Professor, Art History and Patricia and Rowland Rebele Chair in Art History)
Ernst van Alphen (Universiteit Leiden, Professor of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, His fields of interest are Modernism, Postmodernism, The Historical Avantgardes, Relations between the Arts, Semiotics, Critical Theory, Theory of Ideology, Genderstudies and Holocaust Studies)
Anne Wagner (UC Berkeley, Professor of Modern Art)
Convener Group: Towards a New Public Management? The Impact of Global Trends and State Traditions
Professor Joel D. Aberbach, University of California, Los Angeles, and Visiting Associate Professor Eckhard Schroeter, University of California, Berkeley
Since the inception of this collaborative research project in September 2003, the principal investigators have been preparing two international symposia to be held in the spring semester 2004 at the Institute of European Studies at UC Berkeley. The inaugural meeting (April 2, 2004) -- under the heading "Convergence or Persisting Divergence in Administrative Systems in Industrialized Democracies" -- will be devoted to a broader discussion of both general trends in public sector management and reform trajectories that are specific to individual countries or 'families of nations.' Aberbach and Schroeter have commissioned two papers for this first symposium to be delivered by leading experts in the field: Professor B. Guy Peters (University of Pittsburgh) and Professor Jon Pierre (University of Gothenburg, Sweden).
The subsequent colloquium (to be held on May 7, 2004) will shift attention to more detailed reform issues such as deregulation and privatization and examine the impact of the process of European integration on national public sector change. Paper givers will include Dr. Martin Lodge (London School of Economics and Political Science), speaking on the 'Europeanization of national infrastructure network regulation,' and Professor Bert A. Rockman (Ohio State University), co-authoring a paper with Eckhard Schroeter, on 'Privatization in Federal Systems: The Cases of the US and Germany.'
In addition to this set of commissioned papers, Eckhard Schroeter will contribute two working papers to the convener group project which may serve as introductory pieces to the topics of our symposia: '‘Administrative Modernization and Administrative Traditions in Europe: A Comparison of British, French, German and Swedish Public Sector Reform' and 'Toward the European Administrative Space? An Overview.' Aberbach and Schroeter expect the complete set of papers to be suitable for publication in the IES Working Paper Series.
Convener Group: The Transformation of Democratic Institutions in Europe: Is the Cure for the Problems of Democracy More Democracy?
Bruce Cain, Russ Dalton, Susan Scarrow
The attached article (98kb, .pdf) is from the January 2004 Journal of Democracy. It is based on Cain, Dalton and Scarrow's book, and hopefully will bring additional visibility to the project. For more information on this convener group, go to the IES Research section.