Past Events

ITEPE Conferences and Workshops:

6th ITEPE Workshop
Management, Politics and Philosophy
Copenhagen Business School
„Segmentalism” re-visited:
Transformation of the qualifications – work-regime nexus
in European Economies and its implications for education and skills

May 12-13, 2017
Solbjerg Plads 3, 2000 Frederiksberg, Room SP112

We have the pleasure to inform you that our research project ITEPE is soon to have its next workshop. This time we will study the move from neo-corporatism to governance in the sphere of vocational training and further education. Please find here the outline of the workshop:
Please find here the programme of the workshop:
Please find here the abstracts of the presentations: 
Please sign-up by sending an email to Mette Grue Nielsen ( by Monday 8 May 2017 if you like to attend the workshop.

5th ITEPE Conference

The ‘Turn to Governance’ and its Consequences

The Recalibration of Statehood in Europe from the 1970s until Today

20-21 October 2016

Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School

Kilen, Kilevej 14, 2000 Frederiksberg. Room Ks.71

  Background: From the 1970s to the first decade of the new millennium European nation states underwent profound structural changes in the wake of what might be described as the ‘turn to governance’ or the shift from ‘government to governance’. In the context of the end of the cold war, increased globalisation and Europeanisation as well as profound technological developments, a number of core pillars of society in relation to the exercise of state-based public power and its interactions with the rest of society were seemingly altered. On this background, the conference has a three-fold aim: Firstly, to historically re-examine the reasons for the emergence and driving forces of the ‘turn to governance’. Secondly, to re-evaluate the actual impact on European states and European societies more generally of the ‘turn to governance’. Thirdly, to critically discuss the ‘governance paradigm’ and present reflections on possible scientific counter-paradigms and potential reform strategies in relation to the functioning of public institutions and public/private relations in a post-governance world. Organisers: Poul F. Kjaer, Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School and Tim Holst Celik, Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School. Sponsor: The European Research Council within the framework of the project ‘Institutional Transformation in European Political Economy – A Socio-Legal Approach’ (ITEPE) hosted by the Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School and is the 5th conference held within the ITEPE conference series ( Registration: Mette Grue Nielsen: before Friday 14th October 2015 Conference program and paper abstracts can be found here: 

Regulatory Governance workshop

Department of Business and Politics Copenhagen Business School Solbjerg Plads 3, 2000 Frederiksberg, 4 – 5th February 2016. Objectives Great transformations are unfolding within contemporary society due to developments related to, among other things, the financial crisis, increased globalisation, rapid technological developments, ecological challenges and new types of political conflict. Common for these otherwise very diverse developments is a consistent demand for regulation. Whereas de-regulation, although de facto serving a re-regulatory rather than a de-regulatory purpose, was a buzzword from the 1980s onwards the tide seems to have shifted towards a new demand for governance driven regulation. Accordingly, a multitude of new governance frameworks aimed at stabilising, orchestrating and indeed regulating increasingly globalised social processes has emerged in recent decades. In most cases great hopes and demands are attached to the potential of regulatory governance. The notion of regulation is however a contested term which has multiple meanings and which is deployed in a large range of different institutional and social settings characterised by different intentions, objectives and normative underpinnings. In addition, the reference to new types of governance in many instances remains elusive and difficult to pin down in practise. Against this backdrop, this workshop sets out to explore and reassess the notions of regulation and governance and their relation as well as the wider social phenomenon of regulatory governance and especially the potential of governance-driven regulation as a driver of societal change. It does so by raising a number of questions such as: Can the hopes and demands attached to the notion of regulatory governance possibly be fulfilled? What is the functional and normative content of regulatory governance? And to what extent can regulatory governance measures serve as tools for the realisation of normative endeavours? In order to pin down the notion of regulatory governance and to explore its multifaceted meaning, potential and impact as well as the social praxis of regulatory governance the workshop will approach the phenomenon from three different angles: rules, resistance and responsibility. Conference program and abstracts can be downloaded here:
February workshop

4th ITEPE Conference

The Status of Authority in the Globalising Economy: Beyond the Public/Private Distinction Department of Business and Politics Copenhagen Business School Solbjerg Plads 3, 2000 Frederiksberg, Room SPs07 10-11 December 2015 Theme and Purpose: Over the past decades, large segments of the scholarly debate has been dominated by the perception that state based public authority has been increasingly challenged or even substantially eroded due to increased economic globalisation, the migration of regulatory capacities into transnational settings, and an ever-shorter life cycle of authoritative knowledge. However, many of these accounts fall short of grasping the transformation of authority. They conflate public authority with state authority and overlook how private norm creating frameworks also establish and fulfil public functions. On this background, the conference sets out to redefine the very notions of public and private authority and their relation to and relevance for the related concepts of law, power, coordination, legitimacy and democracy. The conference is sponsored by the European Research Council within the framework of the project ‘Institutional Transformation in European Political Economy – A Socio-Legal Approach’ (ITEPE) hosted by the Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School and is the 4th conference within the ITEPE conference series ( Organisers: Professor MSO Poul F. Kjaer and Assistant Professor Eva Hartmann, Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School. Venue: Copenhagen Business School, Solbjerg Plads 3, 2000 Frederiksberg, Room SPs07. Registration: Mette Grue Nielsen: before Friday 4th December 2015. Conference program can be downloaded here: Paper abstracts can be accessed here:
Paper abstracts

The third ITEPE conference

European Crises from Weimar until Today

History – Economy – Politics – Law 11-12 December 2014 Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School Background: Euro, crises and crisis semantics has been a recurrent theme of European modern history. Although being very different in terms of causes, developments and consequences these three crises share that they were characterized by economic downturns, social upheavals and forceful ideological formations and semantic innovations which have both challenged and transformed democracy and the state of law. On this background, this conference seeks to take a closer look at the many variants of the crises phenomenon in the European context from the early 20 interplay between structural transformations within the economy and institutionalized politics and law and the ideological formations and semantic nnovations which complemented these transformations. Organisers: Assistant Professor Niklas Olsen, Center of Modern European Studies, University of Copenhagen, and Professor MSO Poul F. Kjaer, Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School The speakers are: Christian Borch (CBS); Hauke Brunkhorst (University of Flensburg); Ruth Dukes (University of Glasgow); Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann (UC Berkeley); Christian Joerges (Hertie School of Governance, Berlin); Poul F. Kjaer (CBS); John P. McCormick (University of Chicago); Claus Offe (Hertie School of Governance, Berlin); Niklas Olsen (University of Copenhagen); David Runciman (Cambridge University); William Scheuerman (Indiana University); Chris Thornhill (University of Manchester); Mikkel Thorup (Aarhus University). You can find the programme here:   programrev9dec

2nd ITEPE Conference

The role of competition in European and international integration

Copenhagen Business School Department of Business and Politics Kilen, Kilevej 14 2000 Frederiksberg (Room K146) 19- 20 June 2014 OutlineCompetition and competitiveness have become a catchword which is no longer restricted to the economy but also related to the provision of public services. Some consider competition as the panacea in the light of the current economic crisis and public budget constraints. Others fear strengthening of the neo-liberal agenda and a further ‘hollowing out’ of the state. On analytical grounds, however, little attention has been paid so far to the societal implications of competition as ‘the most important organizing principle in the capitalist world’ (Cini and McGowan, 1998: 2). What is lacking is a sociology of competition. The conference addresses this shortcoming. It intends to facilitate an interdisciplinary dialogue between legal scholars, sociologists and political scientists as well as between empirically and theoretically oriented research. Its overall aim is to set a new research agenda which strengthens a critical and sociological understanding of the role of competition and comparison in transnationalising society. Conference program is available here:
Conference program June 2014


Institutional Transformation in European Political Economy: Corporatism, Neo-Corporatism and Governance Reconsidered

  Conference at the Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School 30 - 31 January 2014 Kilen, Kilevej 14, 2000 Frederiksberg. Room Ks.71  Private-public relations have undergone drastic transformations in recent decades. In the European context, one of the most crucial changes is that neo-corporatist institutional setups, which traditionally have stabilised the triangular relations between the state, employers and employees, have come under pressure and increasingly lost their centrality. At the same time new types of governance frameworks have emerged which partly substitutes and partly complement neo-corporatist institutions. This conference, funded by the European Research Council project “Institutional Transformation in European Political Economy” (ITEPE), will shed new light on this development in several ways: It will introduce different theoretical approaches seeking to explain the still ongoing transformation processes; develop a framework for understanding how the economic, political and legal dimensions of intermediary institutions, such as (neo-)corporatist and governance institutions, play together; and present a range of empirically cases concerning how these transformations unfold in practise within areas such as competition policy, corporate governance and social regulation. Conference schedule can be downloaded
For more information contact Professor MSO Poul F. Kjær: Registration: Mette Grue Nielsen: before Friday 24th January 2014.

Last updated by: Dzmitry Bartalevich 15/05/2017