The Euro crisis and the state of European democracy : contributions from the 2012 EUDO dissemination conference
Title: The Euro crisis and the state of European democracy : contributions from the 2012 EUDO dissemination conference
Publisher: European University Institute
Citation: Florence : European University Institute, 2013
Series/Report no.: EUDO
The book is divided in five sections. The first two sections explore the diverse ways in which the institutional system of the European Union has been affected by the unfolding Euro crisis and the efforts to contain that crisis. The contributions look at the impact on the relations between the EU institutions (for example, was there an increase of the power of the intergovernmental institutions?), the innovations in EU decision-making (such as the ‘invention’ of reverse majority voting in the Council), the experiments with the use of soft law instruments and with greater differentiation (between the EU-27 and sub-groups such as the EURO-17), and the use of international agreements situated outside the EU legal framework, which were used to adopt the Fiscal Compact and the European Stability Mechanism. The third section looks specifically at the prominent but rather secretive and, democratically speaking, somewhat anomalous role played by the European Central Bank in containing the Euro crisis. In the fourth section, the focus of analysis shifts from the European to the national level. The contributions to that section examine political and institutional changes that are taking place at the national level, and the way in which national elites have tried to accommodate the new demands from ‘Europe’ or to influence the decisions taken in the European arena. The authors of the fifth section present contrasting views on how the crisis has affected the significance of European citizenship and the rights attached to it, as well as the attitudes of European citizens towards the European Union and towards each other.
Table of Contents:
Foreword Bruno de Witte, 4 SECTION I: THE IMPACT OF THE EURO CRISIS ON THE EU’S INSTITUTIONAL BALANCE 1. The Eurozone Crisis and the Legitimacy of Differentiated Integration, Thomas Beukers, 7 2. Legal Issues of the ‘Fiscal Compact’. Searching for a Mature Democratic Governance of the Euro, Roberto Baratta, 31 3. Contradiction, Circumvention and Conceptual Gymnastics: the Impact of the Adoption of the ESM Treaty on the State of European Democracy, Jonathan Tomkin, 64 SECTION II: AT THE MARGINS OF THE UNION: INSTITUTIONAL EXPERIMENTS IN THE EURO CRISIS 4. Interstitial Institutional Change in Europe: Implications of the Financial and Fiscal Crisis, Adrienne Héritier & Yannis Karagiannis, 83 5. The Outcomes of Intergovernmentalism: the Euro Crisis and the Transformation of the European Union, Sergio Fabbrini, 101 6. Reverse Majority Voting in Comparative Perspective: Implications for Fiscal Governance in the EU, Wim Van Aken & Lionel Artige, 129 7. Unions within the Union: Contested Authority over Regulatory Responses to the Financial Crisis in Europe, Karolina Zurek, 162 SECTION III: THE EURO CRISIS AND THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK 8. The Crisis of the Euro and the New Role of the European Central Bank, Giulio Peroni, 83 9. The Euro Crisis, Institutional Change and Political Constraints, Francisco Torres, 193 10. La prise d’autorité de la Banque centrale européenne et les dangers démocratiques de la nouvelle gouvernance économique dans l’Union européenne, Cécile Barbier, 212 SECTION IV: THE EURO CRISIS AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL 11. The Euro Crisis and New Dimensions of Contestation in National Politics, Alexia Katsanidou, 242 12. Can Fiscal Councils Enhance the Role of National Parliaments in the European Union? A Comparative Analysis, Cristina Fasone & Elena Griglio, 264 13. Governing Portugal in Hard Times: Incumbents, Opposition and International Lenders, Elisabetta De Giorgi, Catherine Moury & João Pedro Ruivo , 306 14. National Fiscal Responses to the Economic Crisis: Domestic Politics and International Organizations, Klaus Armingeon, 329 15. The Discursive Double Game of EMU Reform: the Clash of Titans between French White Knight and German Iron Lady, Amandine Crespy &Vivien Schmidt, 350 SECTION V: EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP IN TIMES OF CRISIS 16. EU Citizenship and Intra EU Mobility: a Virtuous Circle Even in Times of Crisis, Anna Triandafyllidou & Michaela Maroufof , 370 17. Crisis and Trust in the National and European Governmental Institutions, Felix Roth, Felicitas Nowak-Lehmann D. & Thomas Otter, 392 18. Crumbling or Coping? European Citizenship in (the) Crisis, Ulrike Liebert, 408
This eBook includes revised papers which were initially presented at the conference “2012 EUDO Dissemination Conference: The Euro Crisis and the State of European Democracy”, co-funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme, EACEA decision no. 2012-2718/001-001.
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