Europe's union in crisis : tested and contested
Title: Europe's union in crisis : tested and contested
Editor(s): LAFFAN, Brigid
Citation: Special issue of West European politics, 2016, Vol. 39, No. 5
ISSN: 0140-2382; 1743-9655
This special issue explores how Europe’s Union is tested though crises but also faces explicit contestation in troubled times. Crises are ‘open moments’ that impact on rulers and ruled, testing existing paradigms, policies, politics, institutional roles and rules. The papers in this special issue test the resilience of the Union in crisis conditions, the post-functionalist interpretation of contemporary integration, the legacy of the crisis for politics and institutions in Europe and the impact of the crisis on key bilateral relations. Four thematic issues are addressed: the resilience of the EU, multilevel politics, patterns of continuity and change and the relationship between the whole (EU) and the member states.
Table of Contents:
-- Europe’s union in crisis: tested and contested, Brigid Laffan -- Politicisation and integration through law: whither integration theory?, Sabine Saurugger -- The EU’s problem-solving capacity and legitimacy in a crisis context: a virtuous or vicious circle?, Gerda Falkner -- Fleeing the centre: the rise of challenger parties in the aftermath of the euro crisis, Sara B. Hobolt & James Tilley -- After the Spitzenkandidaten: fundamental change in the EU’s political system?, Thomas Christiansen -- The Commission: boxed in and constrained, but still an engine of integration, Stefan Becker, Michael W. Bauer, Sara Connolly & Hussein Kassim -- Reinterpreting the rules ‘by stealth’ in times of crisis: a discursive institutionalist analysis of the European Central Bank and the European Commission, Vivien A. Schmidt -- Europe’s crises and the EU’s ‘big three’, Ulrich Krotz & Richard Maher -- EU experimentalist governance in times of crisis, Jonathan Zeitlin -- Why the single market remains the EU’s core business, Jacques Pelkmans
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