One of BACES’s main objectives is to consolidate a powerful multidisciplinary research environment on EU studies. Indeed, BACES is designed as a think tank aimed at attracting researchers, experts, students and policy-makers. The added value is to improve awareness, responsiveness and understanding of current EU affairs (including economic integration) and encourage contributions from a multidisciplinary approach of politics, economy and law. To achieve this, BACES implements the following actions:
- The support of the research line of BACES team of senior and junior Scholars to facilitate the production of original research articles in high ranking journals.
- The development of annual EU Studies Research Conferences with the goal of consolidating BACES as a prominent network for interdisciplinary research in EU studies.
- The development of a sponsoring programme for studen dissertations at the MA and PhD levels.
- The strengthening of links at the regional, national and transnational level with other research centers.
The main lines of research, led by the Academic Board members, are:
- EU policy-making and its implementation: Making decisions both in the EU Council and the European Parliament (EP) often implies overcoming strong differences between actors. This line of research is therefore focused on the evaluation of legislative accomplishments of the main actors, EU legislative actors and, more importantly, on the role that power capacities actors hold when explaining EU policy outputs. At the same time, the study of the actors involved in EU policymaking (as well as the implementation of EU policies) will help to identify the shortfalls of the EU system of governance.
- The Construction of the EU’s image in MS and 3rd countries. From economic values to politics and democracy: This line of research aims to analyse how the European Community managed to promote democratic values in those countries on a daily basis, the exact mechanisms of infiltration and the measurement of their effects. This should help policy-makers to find more-efficient ways to act accordingly at present day in weak democracies of neighbouring countries.