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17 May 2018

ECSA conference: EU Policy in times of crises - Call for Papers

Call for papers
Annual Danish European Association-European Community Studies Association Conference 2018

 EU Policy in times of crises: Integration / Disintegration

Venue: Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University (Denmark)

Date: 26-27 September 2018

Key Note Speaker:

Sophie Meunier

Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Since the Eurozone crisis, the cohesion of European Union polity has been challenged as never before. The global financial, the refugee crisis, the data protection crisis, the rise of nativist right wing, anti-European parties in some member states, the trade wars and recent threats by the Trump administration, climate change, the Brexit process and the rise of secessionist movements and have added increasing pressures on the much needed political consensus on the EU’s deeper integration. As a result of multiple crises, some claim that historical solidarity and collaboration between EU Member States is waning. National voices contest the extent to which the EU institutions are better equipped than the domestic institutions to address adequately the collective challenges and emerging crises.

The above scenario has led a number of scholars and policy makers to suggest that the EU is at risk of ‘disintegration’ and that it is facing an existential crisis. Divisions between east, west, north, and south have resurfaced and still fewer people still think that the European Union serves them well. The exclusive reliance on national democracies in a deeply integrated European market has become a threat to the survival of the Union and to the welfare of people in all member states.

Nevertheless, others advocate that European integration remains the best option for meeting the internal and external challenges posed by globalization. Yet this option requires that in order the European project to be saved, democratic legitimacy is enhanced. EU citizens must be able to hold European leaders accountable for their decisions, and – through their representatives – impact policy content during negotiations at the EU level. The EU has to reinstate popular sovereignty over core state powers and address citizens’ frustrations about their weak voice in European politics, economics and societal matters.

As EU institutions expand their competences, member states’ party organizations must make a genuine effort in meeting the challenges of a multilevel polity. For an effective pursuit of policy goals and citizens’ representation parties must forge transnational links which will enable them to promote their goals through a common front at the EU level. This brings a new understanding of solidarity between states, people and EU institutions at a new level.

Is crisis the new norm in European politics? If so, how can the EU establish effective policies that can address these crises, draw Europe together and defend democracy in an increasingly post-factual world order?

These are some of the core questions that will be addressed at the forthcoming Danish European Community Studies Annual Conference, Roskilde University, 26- 27 September 2018.

Deadline for abstracts and panels: 30 May 2018.

You can send your abstract and panel proposals to Sevasti Chatzopoulou: seva@ruc.dk & Morten Lund Kristensen: molukr@ruc.dk

If you have further questions or you want to discuss any potential topics for the conference, you are more than welcome to contact the two members of the ECSA board at the Faculty of Law: Ulla Neergaard: ulla.neergaard@jur.ku.dkand Juan A. Mayoral: juan.mayoral@jur.ku.dk