Building Democracy in Europe? Political Foundations and the Union's Enlargement Process

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Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 707
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2015-02-24 18:00:00
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2015-02-24 19:30:00

Please join us for a lecture by Dorota Dakowska on Building Democracy in Europe? Political Foundations and the Unions Enlargement Process.

The European Unions enlargements have been analyzed mainly from the institutional and public policy perspective. The case of party political foundations invites us to shed light on the dimension of politics and the way in which the relations between political parties from Central-Eastern and Western Europe were established and managed. The international activity of German political foundations can be discussed through the lenses of democracy promotion in post-authoritarian regimes but also of network building and transnational transfers in the European political space.

Dorota Dakowska is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Strasbourg (Sciences Po). Her recent book (Le pouvoir des fondations, 2014) analyses the German political foundations system, their contribution to foreign policy and their involvement in the Central and Eastern European transitions. She has published on EU Eastern enlargement, transnational party cooperation, and how Germany and Poland deal with their communist past. Her current research focuses on higher education reforms, Europeanization and internationalization.

This event is Part 5 of the 2014-15 Europe Seminar. The Europe Seminar brings scholars from North America, Europe, and the world to Columbia for intense talks on European history, politics, economics, and society.

Co-sponsored by the European Institute and the East Central European Center

For further information regarding this event, please contact Filip Tucek by sending email to or by calling 212-854-4618.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 18:00 to 19:30