Jan Pesl

The EU's post-crisis legitimacy and the public sphere

ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo

ESR14 | jan.pesl@arena.uio.no

PhD project

How is the European project legitimised, justified, contested, and criticised by the various interpretive communities active in the European transnational public sphere? How do these evaluations change over time? These questions delineate the empirical puzzle addressed by my PhD project aiming on building social theory on the current EU’s legitimacy crisis.

I combine qualitative discourse analysis and novel techniques of quantitative big-data analysis. Taking full-text databases aggregating media reports as my primary source of data, I will render a fine-grained image of the diverse standards of valuation dominant in the national public spheres as well as significant trends on the transnational level.

About me

Besides my MA programme in Sociology, I have spent one academic year at the University of Bergen in Norway studying system dynamics. When I first learned about the PLATO project, it struck me as an ideal opportunity to combine my passion for social theory with novel research techniques. Moreover, the topic of the study is more relevant for the future of the European project than ever.

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  • MA in Sociology, Masaryk University
  • BA in Sociology and International Relations, Masaryk University


  • Czech


  • Asimina Michailidou, ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo
  • Cathrine Holst, Department of Sociology and Human Geography and ARENA, University of Oslo
  • Katrin Auel, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna
Published Sep. 21, 2017 3:19 PM - Last modified Nov. 22, 2018 9:58 AM