Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in the New Political Economy of Europe

The Dublin European Institute based at the School of Politics and International Relations at UCD has been awarded a prestigious Jean Monnet grant by the European Commission to become a Centre of Excellence in the New Political Economy of Europe.The project is titled "The New Political Economy of Europe: Re-engaging the Street" and will be led by Dr Aidan Regan.


The role of the Centre is to develop a new research and teaching hub aimed at enhancing a critical understanding of the new political and economic realities of the EU, and to widely disseminate the fruits of that research to a broad public audience, including non-traditional groups in civil society. The Centre will promote teaching and research in three thematic priority areas: (1) economic governance, (2) democratic legitimacy; and (3) electoral politics and protest. Within these themes, it will address the following questions: can European countries converge within the constraints of monetary integration? (Eurozone governance); is a social Europe achievable in the absence of tax harmonisation? (democratic legitimacy); and, is the rise of populist politics a response to EU liberalisation? (party politics and protest).

About Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

A Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence is a focal point of competence and knowledge on European Union subjects. It brings together high-level experts to create links between the various disciplines and resources in European studies and to form links with academic institutions in other countries.

The Centres play a key role in reaching out to students from faculties not normally dealing with European Union issues as well as to policy makers, civil servants, organised civil society and the general public at large.