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The Political Philosophy of the EU's Crisis

Democracy
European Union
Political Theory
Populism
Euroscepticism
S391
Claudia Wiesner
Fulda University of Applied Sciences
Benjamin Martill
University of Edinburgh
Monika Sus
Hertie School

Building: (Building C) Faculty of Law, Administration & Economics , Floor: 4th floor, Room: 404

Friday 11:00 - 12:40 (06/09/2019)


Abstract

The European Union is regarded to be in a severe crisis at least since 2008, when the financial crisis began to hit. This labelling brings about several questions. The first ones concern the concept of crisis as such - crisis is a concept that is often criticised for both being used in inflationary manner and be a catch-all concept. The sole example of the EU underlines ist: since the early days of integration, there was frequent talk of "crises". Second, it is contested what the crisis - presuming there is one - consists in: is it an institutional crisis, showing us the limits of the EU´s current institutional system? Is it a policy and effectiveness crisis that would only necessitate more efficient policies and governance structures? Is it a crisis of trust and support in the EU, as Eurobarometer seemed to indicate for some time during the peak of austerity politics? Is it a crisis of commitment of the member state governments towards the common goals of the EU, leading to severe conflicts about issues such as migration policy and the safeguarding of democratic standards? Is it a crisis of EU over-regulation, as the Brexiteers claimed? Is it maybe an overall crisis of representative democracy, as a rising support for right-wing populist and right-wing extremist parties in Europe indicates? This line of questions could be pursued for some time. Third, is it an EU crisis or a European crisis? And what does either labelling mean? The panel aims at discussing these and related questions.

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