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Dr. Suzanne Mulcahy
Since June 2009
Programme Coordinator, Anti-Corruption Tools, Transparency International
Oct 2005-Dec 2009
PhD Candidate at University College Dublin, Ireland
Research Fellow and PhD Candidate at Dublin European Institute, School of Politics and International Relations.
PhD Scholarship and Research Funding awarded by Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (2005-2008).
Oct 2008-April 2009
Completion stipendium awarded by DFG at Kolleg-Forschergruppe „The Transformative Power of Europe: The European Union and the Diffusion of Ideas“
Thesis: The Europeanisation of Immigrant Integration Policies: Explaining Differential Adaptation to a Set of Emerging European Norms.
Supervisor: Prof. Daniel Thomas
M.A. European Studies at Dublin European Institute, University College Dublin
Awarded: First Class Honours
Minor Thesis: Minority Rights and EU Accession Criteria: A Case of the Pot Calling the Kettle Black?
B.A, French and Sociology at Trinity College Dublin
Awarded Entrance Scholarship in 1999
Awarded: First Class Honours with Distinction in Spoken French
Main Fields of Interest
Europeanisation, Immigrant Integration – Normative and Policy Debates, Citizenship and Transnational Norms
Abstract of PhD Project
The literature on europeanisation has shown that European ideas can transform all aspects of societies – including political, economic, social and cultural institutions of countries within and outside the EU. My doctoral research falls within the branch of research concerned with how processes of norm diffusion result in convergence and divergence in national policies across EU member states. The chosen policy area is that of immigrant integration policy, a domain in which the EU does not have legal competence but in which it has nonetheless become increasingly involved in recent years. Understanding europeanisation of this policy area is particularly interesting because of the weakness of EU competence (and hence absence of compulsion and/or coercion dynamics), which calls for less conventional diffusion mechanisms at EU-level. Using its ‘normative power’, the EU has sought to diffuse norms of civic and political integration across member states through horizontal policy networks and encouragement of policy emulation among other strategies. Empirical analysis of the diffusion of these norms of integration reveals patterns of differential policy adaptation across member states and the challenge is to explain the persisting differences in the face of an emerging set of common norms at EU level. Potential explanations for the continued divergence can be found both at the level of processes of norm construction and norm diffusion. We find that processes of europeanisation through norm diffusion produce divergent outcomes at the domestic level because of actors’ differential inputs into the process of norm construction at EU level, but also because ‘EU ideas and norms’ must interact with member states’ different institutional, ideological and political constellations once they enter the domestic realm.
(2011). Europe's Migrant Policies: Illusions of Integration. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.
(2009). The Europeanisation of Civic Integration Policies: Why do Member States Continue to go their Own Way. In: Immigration and Citizenship Policies in the European Union. Ed. R. Zapata-Barrero. Barcelona, CIDOB Foundation: 117-136.