The Agora Forevents2a © are conceived of as a participative exercise Associating Governmental Organizations, Researchers and Advocacy (AGORA) rooted in the substantive collaboration between the project’s 4 Academic and 4 non-Academic partners. The trilateral dialogue between researchers, practitioners and civil society is an on-going process which will provide the research community with rapid and targeted feedback from the policy actors working in their field of inquiry and make policy implications drawn from recent research more tangible.

This rigorously framed method includes three steps:

AGORA© Background Notes

Discussions at AGORA Fora are systematically based on previously circulated standardised research and/or technical background notes respectively drafted by academics or policy-makers and experts. Research background notes entail a summary of original research, a brief assessment outlining the areas for policy improvements and a short list of policy suggestions. Technical background notes entail a summary of the policy environments evolution, an assessment of key policy concerns, and a list of the perceived prevalent policy obstacles as well as their implied research questions

AGORA© Roundtables

These thematic modules include a limited and balanced number of participants hailing from all three participating communities – i.e. research, policy-making and advocacy. Each roundtable is introduced by the author of the related background notes in view of providing subsequent discussions with a common reference frame. Said open-ended discussions are to last about one hour and a half and involve comments/suggestions/questions from any of the roundtable’s 15 participants. The result of these discussions are then summarised and presented at a plenary session by the session’s rapporteur hailing from civil society.

AGORA© Outcomes

Depending on whether one is engaged in an ‘instigation’ or a ‘dissemination’ exercise, outcomes are respectively either ‘Research Briefs’ or ‘Policy Briefs’. Research briefs are to help with the fine-tuning of the projects scientific agenda by integrating practitioners insights at the design stage of the research. Policy briefs are documents for the communication of scientifically informed policy recommendations. Both types of briefs are short standardised documents produced and disseminated by WP5. Moreover, Forum meetings might also generate video material in the form of short online documentaries.

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16 June 2015 – “Are Hard Times the Mother of Invention? Enlightening European Responses to Fast and Slow Burning Crises”

Roundtable “EU Governance and the Twin Necessities of Deficit Reduction and Continuity of Public Services”

This roundtable’s central objective was to go beyond existing knowledge of the general trends of public services’ restructuring before and during the financial crisis by exploring the emerging multilevel governance of public services within the EU and its differential impact on: (1) core and peripheral EU members; (2) countries within and outside of the Eurozone; and (3) the concrete links between public services and political legitimacy.

Roundtable “EU Governance and the Twin Necessities of Youth Employment and Inclusive Growth under Demographic Change”

This roundtable’s central objective was to explore policies and debates in relation to employment and related social policies on the EU’s agenda. It will assess the links between national employment levels, the geography of skilled work for those with no work experience or in early career and policy coordination at the national and EU levels including the role of the EU social partners.

Roundtable “The Legitimacy of EU Modes of Governance after the Crisis: Imperatives, Processes and Results”

This roundtable’s central objective was to examine input, output and throughput processes in European institutions and the role of expert networks in EU modes of governance in light of fast and slow burning crises.

Roundtable “EU Governance and the Twin Necessities of Tackling the Banking Crisis and Ensuring Financial Sustainability”

This roundtable’s central objective was to identify the modes of governance, institutional assemblages and expert networks that condition and drive the policy innovations and legitimacy of the governance of the fast burning crisis of the banking crisis and the slow burning crisis of financial sustainability.

12 April 2016 – “Are Hard Times the Mother of Invention? (US based Forum) Efficiency & Legitimacy of Crisis-born European Modes of Governance”

Opening Panel – The Double Edge Sword of Austerity – European Governance since the Eurozone Crisis

Roundtable “The Fast-burning Eurozone Crisis and Global Shifts in Monetary Policies & Economic Regulation”

Roundtable “The Slow-Burning Crisis in EU Economic Governance and the Global Debates on Macro-economic Policies”

Closing Panel – Governing Europe after the Crisis – Efficiency and Legitimacy Challenges