The project “Political system of the European Union, European politics and Europeanization of Croatia”, led by professor Dr. Hrvoje Špehar.

The project “Political system of the European Union, European politics and Europeanization of Croatia”, led by professor Dr. Hrvoje Špehar, is implemented within the Center.The project explores the development of the political system of the European Union, how it develops after the Treaty of Lisbon, and the interaction of the political system of the European Union as a system sui generis, with political systems of the Member States.

In this context, special attention is paid to the influence of the development of the political system of the EU in Croatian politics and on the development of the Croatian political systemThe main focus is on the research of the process of Europeanization of political systems and especially the Croatian political system. All is done from the standpoint of the latest achievements of the discipline of European studies that has been developing in Europe since 1950.

 

 

The long-term scientific research program will cover several topics:


1. The evolution of the political system of the EU

The evolution of the political system of the EU from the Maastricht Treaty to the Treaty of Lisbon (2007) and innovations of political science within institutions, actors, and processes;


2. Comparative analysis of the political systems of the old Member Countries

Comparative analysis of the political systems of the old Member Countries and the analysis of the effects of "Europeanization" on their systems;


3. Comparative analysis of the political systems of the new Member Countries

Comparative analysis of the political systems of the new Member Countries and the analysis of the effects of "Europeanization" on their systems;


4. Comparative analysis of the political systems of the Candidate Countries

Comparative analysis of the political systems of the Candidate Countries and the analysis of the effects of "Europeanization" on their systems;


5. The research of the evolution and the outgrowing of the government model

The research of the evolution and the outgrowing of the model of government (Government Model) to the model of rule (governance model);


6. The study of the Europeanization of classical concepts of political science

The study of the Europeanization of classical concepts of political science, such as democracy, participation, political corruption, sovereignty, subsidiarity, federalization, regionalization, consensualization, etc.


7. Comparative analysis of the so-called neuralgic points

Comparative analysis of the so-called. "neuralgic points" of Europeanization, such as changes in political institutions, procedures, political interests of values;


8. The analysis of the possible effects of Europeanization in Croatian politics

The analysis of the possible effects of "Europeanization" in Croatian politics and the political system and on the other hand the potential impact of the Croatian political theory and practice on the evolution of the political system of the EU.