207 Crises and Transformations in Europe

Friday, July 14, 2017: 9:00 AM-10:20 AM
WMP Yudowitz Seminar Room 1 (University of Glasgow)
The EU is no stranger to crises. Crises have been seen to spur integration because they have compelled reluctant member states to enter into further binding cooperation with close neighbours and more distant associates across an ever-expanding European Union (EU) territory. Today we see what many suggest is an accumulation of crises: the financial crisis and the Eurozone governance crisis; the geopolitical crisis related to Russia’s resurgence as a power hostile to the EU’s interests in its Eastern neighborhood; the state structures in the EU’s southern neighborhood falling apart and the ensuing migration crisis; the rise of xenophobic and nationalist movements in many member states; and, not least, the potential fall-out and domino effects of the looming Brexit. This panel focuses on the nature and implications of the crises/challenges currently facing the EU: magnitude of transformation and issues of sustainability. It clarifies the meaning of crisis and how to examine it, through adapting the notion of wicked problems to crises settings. Further, we consider effects of crises, in terms of transformed values, structures and role conceptions. On values, we examine whether the crises redefine conceptions of solidarity towards greater compatibility with a differentiated Union. With regard to structures the crises appear to have ushered in a more informal approach to governing in the EU, associated with intergovernmental negotiations etc., including the emergence of interstitial organizations. The crises may foster transformation, in ushering in new role conceptions and modes of governance which we capture through respectively pseudocrat and pseudocracy.

John Erik Fossum and Jozef Batora
Discussant :
Deirdre Curtin
EU Crises, Solidarity and the Public Sphere: Towards Differentiated Integration
Asimina Michailidou, University of Oslo; Hans-Joerg Trenz, University of Copenhagen
Europe Entrapped: The Rise of the Pseudocrat
Agustín José Menéndez, University of Leon, Spain; John Erik Fossum, University of Oslo
Wicked Crises and Legitimacy in Today’s European Union
Johannes Pollak, Institute For Advanced Studies, Vienna; Sonja Puntscher-Riekmann, University of Salzburg
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