Created in 1995 to promote co-ordination and collaboration among political scientists interested in the blooming area of research on the European Union, SGEU main activities covers
- the organization of biannual pan-European conferences on the politics of the European Union,
- the sponsoring of summer schools on any aspects related to the politics of the European Union,
- the organization and sponsoring of workshops, panels and sessions at the ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, the ECPR General Conference, and any major political science conference,
- the maintenance of a mailing list, a news service and a website.
Although primarily a group of political scientists, SGEU also fosters multidisciplinary collaboration across any social science discipline, including anthropology, economics, law, sociology, and social psychology, with a substantive focus on the European Union.
The standing group is open to individuals in ECPR member institutions as well as those from non-ECPR institutions.
The standing group is led by a Steering Committee. It meets at the biannual pan-European conference on the politics of the European Union and at the ECPR General Conference.
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