I will be presenting a paper titled “How Social Institutions Impact E-Accessibility Policy” at the ECPR Standing Group on the European Union’s Sixth Pan-European Conference. It will be hosted by the University of Tampere, Finland from 13 to 15 September 2012. The Standing Group’s Pan-European Conference is the largest academic conference on the European Union in Europe and brings together scholars working on the European Union from all over the world.
The paper examines how social institutions (i.e. the differences in norms, values and procedures) impact the design and implementation of national and supranational policies to promote accessibility of information and communication technology (E-Accessibility). Based on original research currently in progress the paper presents preliminary findings based on a content analysis of policy documents from the UN and EU, and the US, UK and Norway.
The conference will feature Eleven sections
- Theories of European Integration
- EU Institutions and EU Politics
- EU and Domestic Politics
- Public Opinion, Party Politics and Interest Groups
- Political Economy of the EU
- EU Foreign Policy and External Relations
- The EU and Conflict Resolution
- The EU: Challenges and Reforms
- Gender and Diversity
- Immigration, Migration and Asylum
- New Developments in Research on the EU