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15th ECPR General Conference, University of Innsbruck

Reconciling Economic and Social Europe(s) after the Great Crisis

European Union
Welfare State
Panel Number
Panel Chair
Maurizio Ferrera
Università degli Studi di Milano
Panel Discussant
Jonathan Zeitlin
University of Amsterdam

13/06/2018 16:00 - 17:45
Building: 9RC Room: 900
During the the last decade, the EU’s “social deficit” has triggered an increasing politicization of integration as such and on redistributive issues within supranational, transnational and national arenas. Various lines of conflict have taken shape, revolving around who questions (who are “we”, i.e. issues of identity and inclusion/exclusion); what questions (how much redistribution within and across the “we” collectivities) and who decides questions (the locus of authority that can produce and guarantee organised solidarity). The logic of “opening” national boundaries and the logic of “closure” which historically underpinned state redistribution have come to a dangerous mutual clash. Likewise, in the wake of the sovereign debt crisis, the goals and culture of “economic stability” have gained intellectual and institutional prominence, colliding with the goals and culture of “social solidarity”. According to some commentators, these tensions has finally laid bare the irremediable flaws and contradictions of the integration project as such, which jeopardize the future of EMU and of the Union’s very political durability. The key challenge facing today political leaders is how to “glue” the Union together as a recognizeable and functioning polity.
Building on an ongoing ERC project (, this panel examines whether and how a “reconciliation” between the various logics of integration is possible, especially as regards North-South divides. It will propose novel perspectives for theorising about the existing tensions and their political and cultural roots; it will examine public opinon trends on the issue cross-national transfers; and it will highlight the centrality of leadership for safeguarding the EU as a polity and for re-crafting an adequate political and normative order.

Paper List

Title Details
Cross-National Solidarity and Political Sustainability in the EU after the Crisis View Paper Details
Governing Europe: The Challenges Of Member-Statecraft View Paper Details
Should EU Member States Help Each Other? Public Attitudes Towards Cross-National Solidarity View Paper Details
The Responses of European Economic Cultures to Europe’s Crisis Politics: The Example of German-Italian Discrepancies View Paper Details
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