International Workshop: European Party Politics: Transforming Equality and Democracy

06. 5. 2020

Dear IR community,

Our ERC-funded project EUGenDem (based at Tampere University, Finland) is organizing an international workshop in Helsinki in September, public health situation allowing of course (in any case we plan to stream the event online for those interested). We were wondering whether you could forward our event invitation to the members of EISA or ask the people responsible for the newsletter to include it there, if they are interested? Kindly find below the details:


Welcome to the international workshop:

European Party Politics: Transforming Equality and Democracy

25th September 2020


National Museum of Finland (Kansallismuseo), Ateljee Room
Helsinki, Finland

Equality, democracy, and party politics are at the heart of the challenges facing Europe today. This workshop seeks to understand how – particularly in the context of the European Union and its Parliament. Covering the transformations in party politics, political groups, and democratic practices the invited speakers address the impact of economic crises, the rise of populism and Euroscepticism, Brexit, and assess the fate of advancing equalities, democracy and justice in such shifting political contexts.

The workshop is organised by the ERC-funded research project EUGenDem, Gender Studies, Tampere University, and the European Union Research Programme of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), Helsinki.




Professor Johanna Kantola (Tampere University)
Dr Juha Jokela (FIIA Programme Director)



SESSION 1: European Parliament’s political groups: The battlegrounds for changing party politics in Europe
Chair: Professor Gabriele Abels (University of Tübingen)


Professor Tapio Raunio (Tampere University): Shaping the EU’s future Europarties, EP party groups, and the Conference on the Future of Europe

Dr Edoardo Bressanelli (Sant’Anna School Pisa/King’s College London):The Political Groups as Organisations (1979-2020): The Institutionalisation of Transnational Party Politics

Professor Johanna Kantola (Tampere University): Gender, party politics and democracy in Europe: Studying the European Parliament’s party groups’

Professor Ariadna Ripoll Servent (University of Bamberg): When words do not follow deeds: An analysis of party competition between Eurosceptic and mainstream right-wing parties in the European Parliament


Coffee break


SESSION 2: Challenging European integration and democracy: Populism, Eurosceptism, and Brexit. Chair: Professor Mieke Verloo (Radboud University)


Professor Nathalie Brack (UL Brussels and the College of Europe): How do Eurosceptics wage opposition in the European Parliament? (co-authored with Anne-Sophie Behm)

Dr Toni Haastrup (University of Stirling): Politics of Gender while Brexiting

Professor John Morijn (University of Groningen): (Disap)pointing in the mirror: the European Parliament’s obligations to protect EU basic values


Lunch break


SESSION 3: EU economic and social governance: challenging or promoting democracy and equality? Chair: Professor Päivi Leino-Sandberg (University of Helsinki)


Professor Ben Crum (VU Amsterdam): Parliamentary accountability in multilevel governance: What role for parliaments in postcrisis EU economic governance?

Dr Anna Elomäki (Tampere University): If the European Parliament could decide… Conflicts, compromises and silences in the EP’s economic governance policies

Laura Nordström (University of Helsinki): Use of expertise in the eurozone crisis – impact on democracy


Coffee break


Roundtable chaired and organised by FIIA.



For more information and for registration (by 14 September 2020) see:


Best regards,

Barbara Gaweda

Postdoctoral Researcher

EUGenDem Project Coordinator

Faculty of Social Sciences

Tampere University



Tel: +358 504377564