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European Union

Standing Group

Established 1995

Number of members: 601


  • Thomas Christiansen (LUISS University)

Steering Committee

  • Fabio Franchino (Università degli Studi di Milano)
  • Jonathan Zeitlin (University of Amsterdam)
  • Antoaneta Dimitrova (Departments of Political Science and Public Administration, Universiteit Leiden)
  • Amie Kreppel (University of Florida)
  • Natasha Wunsch (Sciences Po Paris)
  • Amy Verdun (Departments of Political Science and Public Administration, Universiteit Leiden)
  • Hussein Kassim (University of East Anglia)
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The Standing Group on the European Union (SGEU) promotes co-ordination and collaboration among political scientists interested in the blooming area of research on the EU. SGEU’s main activities cover: a biennial pan-European conference; summer schools; organising and sponsoring Workshops, Panels and Sessions at ECPR events, and any major political science conference; and the maintenance of a mailing list, a news service and a website. Primarily a group of political scientists, the SGEU also fosters multidisciplinary collaboration across social science disciplines, including anthropology, economics, law, sociology, and social psychology, with a substantive focus on the EU.


I. General

  1. The Standing Group on the European Union (SGEU) brings together scholars dedicated to the study of the European Union (EU). The Standing Group aims to:
  1. Contribute to the study of the EU and the comparative study of its member states broadly defined;
  2. Establish, develop and maintain an international network of researchers in the field of EU studies;
  3. Work with other organizations dedicated to the scholarly study of the EU;
  4. Develop links between experienced academics and junior scholars working in the field of EU studies;
  5. Support summer/winter schools dedicated to EU studies and geared to graduate and early career professional learning
  6. Organize regular events for the international EU studies community such as conference panels, workshops, summer schools and specialized conferences;
  7. Articulate its members’ views vis-à-vis ECPR central bodies and the wider academic community.

II. Membership

  1. The Standing Group is open to all persons with a scholarly interest in EU studies irrespective of their institutional affiliation.
  2. Scholars affiliated to an ECPR member institution automatically become members of the Standing Group when they register as such through MyECPR.
  3. Others may apply for membership and can be admitted by the Standing Group Steering Committee if they are found to show an active interest in the scholarly study of the EU. Such membership becomes effective as soon as the Steering Committee informs ECPR Central Services of its decision.

III. Governance

  1. The Standing Group is governed by a Steering Committee consisting of nine members elected by, and from, the Standing Group. Steering Committee members are elected for a term of four years, which is, normally, once renewable. The terms of the Steering Committee will be staggered with elections for three members taking place every two years.
  2. Depending on the circumstances the Steering Committee may wish to set up a nomination committee for the elections.
  3. Elections will be conducted by electronic ballot.
  4. If individual members of the Steering Committee resign before the end of the Steering Committee’s regular term of office, the Steering Committee may conduct an electronic election to replace that member.
  5. At least six months before the Steering Committee’s term of office expires, it invites candidates from among the Standing Group members to nominate themselves within one month. If after that deadline fewer than three candidates (of which normally two candidates would need to be affiliated to ECPR member institutions) have nominated themselves, the nomination period is extended for another month.
  6. If only the exact number of candidates have nominated themselves, while meeting the ECPR requirements, they will be declared elected.
  7. If more than the required number of candidates have nominated themselves, but only one or two of the candidates are affiliated to ECPR member institutions, the latter candidates would be declared elected; elections will be held only to assign the remaining seats on the Steering Committee to those candidates not yet declared elected.
  8. If sufficient candidates have nominated themselves to have elections for the vacant seats, the Steering Committee notifies ECPR Central Services, within a month after nominations have closed, of the names of the candidates and the number of seats to be filled.
  9. ECPR Central Services will notify all Standing Group members of the period within, and manner by, which they can cast their vote.
  10. The electoral system used for elections to the Standing Group's Steering Committee is Single Transferable Vote (STV), as is the case for ECPR Executive Committee elections.
  11. If all three seats on the Steering Committee that are to be filled in a given election, and the candidates who meet the electoral quota, do not include at least two candidates affiliated to ECPR member institutions, the non-affiliated candidate meeting the electoral quota with the lowest number of votes is removed. This procedure is repeated until at least two candidates affiliated to ECPR member institutions are elected.
  12. Every two years, the newly elected Steering Committee elects the Standing Group’s Convenor and the Deputy Convenor. Every four years the Steering Committee  elects the Treasurer. The terms of these office-holders are normally once renewable.
  13. The Convenor submits an annual report to the Steering Committee. The Deputy Convenor is also elected with the expectation that s/he will succeed the Convenor.
  14. The Treasurer is elected for a term of four years. S/he submits a financial report to the Steering Committee at the end of each calendar year. S/he also provides a financial overview at the meeting of the General Assembly normally held at the biennial meeting (see point 20 below).
  15. The Convenor, Deputy Convenor and Treasurer must be affiliated with ECPR member institutions. The newly elected Convenor immediately notifies ECPR Central Services of the names and functions of the new Steering Committee.
  16. The Steering Committee will meet as necessary (either in person or by conference call) to take decisions. When voting on business matters, a quorum of six members is required. A majority of those participating in the vote is required to take decisions. In case of a tie, the Convenor breaks the tie.
  17. The Standing Group organizes a biennial conference. The Steering Committee issues a call for proposals to host the biennial conference. Decisions about the location and the host institution of the biennial conference are taken by the Steering Committee on the basis of a public call, which has been circulated among the members sufficiently in advance, specifying the expectations and the selection criteria.
  18. As part of the decision on the host institution for the biennial conference, the Steering Committee appoints a Conference Chair that is responsible for the organization of the conference, the selection of papers and the conference budget.
  19. During the Standing Group’s biennial conference, a General Assembly is held to which the all Standing Group members are invited. At the General Assembly, the Steering Committee provides a report about the activities and state of affairs of the Standing Group.
  20. No later than three months after each biennial conference, the Steering Committee receives and discusses a report by the Conference Chair on the organization, academic content and the financial results of the conference.
  21. The Steering Committee may decide on the organization and support of other activities that it engages in, subject to the availability of sufficient funding.

IV. Final and Transitional Provisions

  1. This Constitution comes into force after approval by the ECPR Executive Committee.
  2. This Constitution can subsequently be amended after such amendments are approved by the membership of the Standing Group. Only a ECPR-SGEU members in good standing (supported by at least two other ECPR-SGEU members) or a group of three or more members in good standing, may bring a proposal for an amendment of the Constitution to the Steering Committee. If the proposed amendment is endorsed by at least half of the members of the Steering Committee, it will be circulated among the members of the Standing Group who will have at least two weeks to vote on it in an electronic vote. At least 20 percent of the membership of the Standing Group must participate for the vote to be considered valid. At least two-thirds of those who cast ballots must support the proposed amendments for such amendments to be adopted. The amendments will come into force two weeks after the votes are tallied and if the ballot meets the quorum and threshold requirements. If the amendments do not meet the quorum or threshold requirements, then they are deemed not to have passed.

The timing of the elections, mentioned in section III Governance, can be determined by the Steering Committee. Elections are usually held within three months after the biennial conference, allowing the existing Steering Committee to report to the General Assembly and the new candidates to introduce themselves at the General Assembly. Existing Steering Committee members will remain members until new members have been elected. Prior to the election, all but six of the existing Steering Committee members will resign and three new members will then be elected after having presented their candidacy at the 2018 biennial conference. Of the six legacy Steering Committee members, three will resign or stand for reelection in 2020 and the final three in 2022.

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