Jean Monnet Programme

There are several beneficiaries of our Jean Monnet Programme. Students, of course, but also policy-makers in the UK and continental Europe, professional organisations of evaluators and regulators, elected bodies like regional councils and city councils. And most importantly citizens – the chair is active with public engagement activities with the University of the Third Age, open meetings with the National Statistics Authority, and public forums on the UK and its Brexit-ing process. 

Our Jean Monnet chair in Political Economy has allowed us to offer an integrated teaching portfolio. Both the 3rd year module on Markets-Regulation-Europeanization and the MA Module on European Political Integration have become popular over the years, and have now reached the max number of students allowed by the University on these modules. The Master’s in Public Administration module participants (civil servants from European, Asian and African governments) have benefited from presentations given by policy-makers in charge of regulatory quality programmes and international consultants.

Dissemination under the programme has been intense. The chair has spawned a programme of public engagement, with colleagues animating several events with the general public, policy-makers and the University of the Third Age - for the Brexit referendum we hosted a public forum with 400 people at Exeter.

The chair has also generated capacity to successfully bid for an ERC advanced grant (Protego) and to assist us in applications to the Open Research Area. MPA, UG and doctoral theses in the period covered topics like Economic and Monetary Union, regulatory reform in Central Asia and how France and Italy’s leaders negotiated with the EU during the Euro crisis.

Among the main publications produced are articles in Policy Sciences, Journal of European Public Policy, Policy & Society and the Research Handbook of Impact Assessment (Dunlop and Radaelli, Eds 2016). Thanks to the capacity and visibility generated by the JM chair our Centre for European Governance was able to host visiting research fellows from other European countries for visits between three and nine months.