209 The Resilience of European Societies and EU Policy Mechanisms in the face of an endogenous Solidarity Crisis

Saturday, April 16, 2016: 2:00 PM-3:45 PM
Concerto A (DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City)
The EU has been severely tested as it sought to tackle the governance crisis that befell the Eurozone in 2010. European Modes of Governance have had to muster unforeseen fonts of resilience as they faced quickening policy stresses and seemingly deepening existential doubts. As a result, mounting questions face both the efficiency of policy processes associated with European integration and their legitimacy within contemporary European societies. Mounting Eurosceptic voices have questioned European policy mechanisms’ continued ability to deliver on the Union’s fundamental Goods – i.e. Promoting Peace in Europe; Consolidating Democracy in Europe; and Convergence in Europe through Economic Growth.  In response, this panel will focus on the resilience of the through-put legitimacy of EU policy-making. “Throughput legitimacy builds upon […] a term from systems theory, and is judged in terms of the efficacy, accountability and transparency of the EU’s governance processes along with their inclusiveness and openness to consultation with the people” (Schmidt, 2013:3). Besides the panel’s empirical contribution to the mounting literature on the mechanisms of the EU’s ‘throughput’ legitimacy; said chosen focus also echoes how EU-level institutional players have sought to counter claims about the poverty of input legitimacy and to reinforce claims to output legitimacy. As such, shifts in the mechanisms of the EU’s ‘throughput’ legitimacy following recent crisis are both one of the central ways how policy-makers have sought to muster greater policy resilience; as well as a meaningful yardstick of the prospects of the organization’s actual resilience
Ramona Coman
Discussant :
Cornel Ban
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