Postfunctionalism reversed : solidarity and rebordering during the Corona-crisis
RSCAS, 2020, European Governance and Politics Programme, Online lecture
GENSCHEL, Philipp, Postfunctionalism reversed : solidarity and rebordering during the Corona-crisis, RSCAS, 2020, European Governance and Politics Programme, Online lecture - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/71857
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Postfunctionalism posits a tradeoff between the functional scale of governance and the territorial scope of community: functional scale is large and transnational for efficiency reasons; community is small-scale and (sub-)national for reasons of social trust and collective identification. The Corona-crisis has turned this tradeoff upside down: it has shrunk functional scale to the (sub-)national level in the name of security, while lifting expectations of community to the grand transnational scale in the name of solidarity. This reversal of scales has resulted in a rapid rebordering of the Single Market and the Schengen area on the one hand, and a significant debordering of fiscal risk and burden sharing on the other hand. We reconstruct the evolution of this double-movement from January to August 2020, contrast it to historical trends in the scale-community tradeoff of European integration, and discuss implications for the postfunctionalist paradigm.
Lecture given online on 04 November 2020; A research presentation is a part of the 'European Governance and Politics Programme Seminar Series' 2021 edition organized by Robert Schuman Centre.
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/71857
External link: https://youtu.be/uCbqidDuKT0
Series/Number: RSCAS; 2020; European Governance and Politics Programme; Online lecture
Publisher: European University Institute
Keyword(s): COVID-19 Covid-19 Coronavirus
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