PLATO PhD School 1: Legitimacy theory

The first PhD school within PLATO will take place in Berlin on 15-19 January 2018. The school includes a three-day PhD course in theory while two days will be dedicated to Vitae's Effective Researcher programme.

PhD course in legitimacy theory

15-17 January 2017

The aim of this course is to help PhD students build a conceptual framework for dissertations which investigate how the legitimacy of the European Union may have been affected by recent crises in European integration. The course will achieve that aim by introducing students to the following: a) debates about the justification of political power; b) the literature on the legitimacy of the EU; and c) the literature on the financial crisis.

By studying a)-c) the course will also introduce students to approaches different disciplines take to the investigation of legitimacy. Preparatory readings will include contributions from political philosophy, political science, political economy, law, public administration and sociology including gender studies.

PLATO PhD course in legitimacy theory - course outline

Course leaders:

  • Markus Jachtenfuchs, Hertie School of Governance/Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS)
  • Chris Lord, ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo (PLATO Coordinator)
  • Dirk De Bièvre, Antwerp Centre for Institutions and Multilevel Politics, University of Antwerp

How to be an effective researcher

18-19 January 2017

A finalist for a UK National Training Award and Times Higher Education Award, this two-day programme helps researchers who are 3-12 months into their doctorate to focus on building understanding, capability and confidence in communication, planning, time management, problem solving, leadership and assertiveness.

Course leader:

  • Katie Wheat/Jen Reynolds, Vitae


Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies
Published May 26, 2017 12:04 PM - Last modified Nov. 15, 2017 3:46 PM