The main goal of the grand strategy Europe 2020 is to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Implementation of such grand strategy is an arduous process, which has so far more often than not resulted in implementation deficit. The article follows the Cultural Political Economy approach and is based on a premise that to successfully implement a grand strategy of Europe 2020 and its successor strategies, we need to construe the strategy as a hegemonic discourse that needs to pass the evolutionary mechanisms of variation, selection and retention. Possible mechanism of retention of Europe 2020 is the innovative educational that was developed and tested in Jean Monnet Chair project Cultural Political Economy of Europe 2020. The approach can contribute to awareness of EU grand strategies and their implementation through other programmatic documents and advance interdisciplinary EU studies dealing with the phenomenon of EU implementation deficit.
- Jean Monnet Chair
- Cultural Political Economy
- Europe 2020
- policy impact
The European Union implementation deficit has since long been the subject of intense interest by both researchers and policy-maklers. This is also the case for its ambitious grand strategies. The Lisbon strategy has generall been perceived as having failed to reach its objectives (Makarovič et al. 2014). Implementation deficit has been attributed to a variety of factors such as the lack of focus in setting the goals, inefficient governance structures and many more (Haverland and Romeijn 2007; Borghetto and Franchino 2010; Tomšić and Vehovar 2012). A research based on the Cultural Political Economy approach, based on evolutionary mechanisms of variation, selection and retention of dominant discourses (Jessop 2004; Jessop 2010; Jessop and Oosterlynck 2008), as well as on mechanisms of selectivities (Ngai-Ling and Jessop 2014) has concluded that it the EU is to successfully meet its developmental challenges, it is vital to develop more efficient mechanisms of retention of selected discourses (Makarovič 2014, 624).
The relevance of the mechanisms of variation, selection and retention of dominant discourse of
Hence the development of Jean Monnet Chair titled
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As a result, we achieve ‘more with less’ and were able to note synergistic effects.
Firstly, Jean Monnet Chair
The methodology has been developed
The working methodology is combining four interdisciplinary elements:
The developed educational approach is be based on
The methodology takes into account the
This approach provides the basis for research activities, which will be qualitative regional audits intended to detect the effectiveness of the educational methods and assess the progress of the project activities against milestones and measurable indicators.
Achieving sustained development is an overwhelming task. It needs to take into account a number of complex socio-cultural factors (see Adam et al. 2005; Rončević 2008; Rončević et al. 2010). Also, it is a process involving at least a partial restructuring of society (Rončević and Makarovič 2010; Rončević and Makarović 2011) and on the policy-makers, public administration, industry representatives and civil society, i.e. the relevant steakeholders (Cepoi 2016).
The academic community at the Host institution was approached directly and actively participated at most
Although we are not able to reliably measure or observe this particular impact on broader academic community and knowledge on European integration, teaching materials and publications of the CPE2020 are available on-line. Availability of the material will in the years to come i.) enhance the knowledge about innovative approaches in teaching on EU studies. The events provided an open forum for cross-disciplinary debates on the topic and enable cooperation with academic staff from other academic institutions and the anecdotal evidence suggests newly emerging relevant initiatives (i.e. Jean Monnet Chairs and Centres of Excellence proposals at other institutions). Scientific knowledge will benefit from intensive debates with the stakeholders in the years to come, providing unique insight and access to data on factors, bottlenecks and mechanisms of implementation deficits of the EU grand strategies.