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November 10, 2014, 11:50

Do bureaucracies kill creativity? The experience of the European Council

Friday November 14 from 12:00 to 13:00 in Lögberg 101 at the University of Iceland Open seminar hosted by the Institute of International Affairs and the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Iceland in cooperation with the EU Info Centre in Iceland


Over the decades, the European Council has sought to increase its efficiency by a gradual formalisation and institutionalisation of its working methods. Starting out as a forum for "fire-side chats", the preparations and meeting format of the EU's summits are now highly regulated. What has this meant for the European Council's (original) main task - to provide new political visions and long-term direction for the European integration project? Is there an adverse relationship between, on the one hand, institutionalisation/bureaucratisation and, on the other hand, the capacity of the European Council to serve as the EU's creative centre for political innovation and visionary leadership?


Maria Strömvik is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at Lund University and Deputy Director of Lund University's Centre for European Studies. Maria is currently a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland. 


Moderator: Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir, Adjunct Lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland. 


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