Monday, September 22, 2014

The Impact of Enlargement on the European Commission: Applying Anthropology and Social Psychology to the Study of an International Organization


Carolyn Ban, recipient of the 2014 Larry Neal Prize for Excellence in EU Scholarship, gave a lecture entitled "The Impact of Enlargement on the European Commission: Applying Anthropology and Social Psychology to the Study of an International Organization" on September 12, 2014. Dr. Carolyn Ban is a Professor and former dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the former Acting Director of the European Union Center of Excellence/European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University. The Larry Neal Prize was initiated by the EU Center at Illinois to recognize excellent research conducted by affiliated faculty of the ten EU Centers of Excellence located throughout the United States.

From Dr. Ban's abstract:
The accession of 12 new member states in 2004 and 2007  provided a unique opportunity to study how the European Commission responded to that challenge.  Carolyn Ban’s research broke new ground by analyzing the European Commission from a public management perspective. It applied theories and methodology drawn from anthropology and social psychology to analyze the Commission’s efforts to recruit and socialize thousands of new staff members, and its success in integrating newcomers. It argues that nationality was less important in understanding the newcomers than expected and, conversely, that gender was more important than expected, as one of the major effects of enlargement was to shift the organization's gender balance. 
A video of the lecture is available to view in the EUC's Video Library or below:

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