June 6, 2014 - Workshop

Rethinking Europeanization: The Politics of More and Less Europe

Workshop description:

Now that the debt crisis in the Eurozone seems to have stabilized, it is time to take stock of the "long European crisis" (2008-2013) on the dynamics of European integration and politics inside the European Union. Five years of institutional, economic and cultural anxiety have pushed experts and political actors to promote significant changes in the EUropean Union's architecture. For some, the crisis has highlighted the need for Europeans to make a federal step, at least around the Eurozone. For others, it has shown that the nation state remains the only legitimate and efficient locus of political power. While these debates were taking place, new joint institutions were created, especially in the banking sector. But other initiatives, for example with regards to social transfers and risk pooling, fall short oh what was deemed necessary by experts. One interpretation is that the crisis has weakened EU institutions, which are in need of reform, while others maintain that the EU is capable of reforming itself despite multiple obstacles and setbacks.
The workshop's aim is to look at what the crisis has changed, not for the EU itself, but for domestic politics and the role of the EU among member states. It explores the hypothesis that, refracted through the political system, the "long European crisis" has produced more Europe in some areas but less in others.

Participants :

Rachel Epstein (Denver University)
Philipp Genschel (Harvard University)
Nicolas Jabko (Johns Hopkins University)
Frédéric Mérand (Université de Montréal)
Sven-Oliver Proksch (McGill University)
Antoine Rayroux (Université de Montréal/McGill)
Sabine Saurugger (Institut d'études politiques de Grenoble)
Andy Smith (Institut d'études politiques de Bordeaux)

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