About EPER  



Edited by the European Political-Economy Infrastructure Consortium (EPIC)

ISSN: 1742-5697

Frequency: bi-annually

Current Volume: 8


The European Political Economy Review (EPER) is a refereed online journal coordinated and managed by former members of the European Political Economy Infrastructure Consortium (EPIC), a European network supported by the European Commission and created on the joint initiative of the London School of Economics (LSE), the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB), the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, and the Juan March Institute (CEACS) in Madrid. The journal is intended to extend the constructive interdisciplinary dialogue, which was generated by the EPIC network during its active phase between 1999 and 2002, into the larger research community.



Although European Political Economy is today a flourishing research field, only few academic journals or reviews choose this focus to bridge the gap between political, economic and also juridical sciences on European questions. Facing the growing interdependence characterising the post bi-polar world, scholars of international and European Political Economy analyse two major interconnections: first, the way politics constructs economics at the same time as economics constructs politics within the processes of Europeanisation and internationalisation. Second, the interdependence created through transnational economic processes and the growing role of non-state actors in international relations as a challenging phenomena to the traditional distinction between European and international on the one hand, and national spaces on the other. In the particular and unique case of the European construction, there is a strong need to understand, in an interdisciplinary perspective, the blurring of boundaries between politics and economics, as well as between national and European questions.


Specificity of the Journal

The editorial orientation of EPER follows from the idea that there is no ready-to-use concept substantiating a truly interdisciplinary perspective in the field of European Political Economy. It is rather through an ongoing dialogue among the disciplines that such an interdisciplinary understanding evolves. It is our central objective to stimulate this dialogue through a flexible and accessible apparatus for publication. EPER pays particular attention to a balanced mix between publications from young and more senior researchers within the discipline. Therefore, we explicitly encourage advanced doctoral students to present their research to the wider academic community. 

The journal aims to demonstrate a broad and encompassing thematic orientation on the following, non exhaustive list of areas:

       Political economy of integration, Europeanisation and enlargement of the EU

       Political economy of transformation (Eastern, Central and South-Eastern Europe)

       European Economic and Monetary Union: institutions, policies, actors

       Political economy of innovation

       Labour markets and welfare states

       Trade, financial markets and foreign investments

       Political economy and law

       EU external relations and international political economy

EPER is published twice yearly. The first issue was published on-line in March 2003.

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