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The fusion approach – applications for understanding local government and European integration

Guderjan, Marius, Miles, Lee, (2016), «The fusion approach – applications for understanding local government and European integration», Journal of European Integration, 4 Μαΐου The article explores the theoretical capabilities of the fusion approach as a conceptual ‘kit’ to explain the ‘bigger picture’ of European integration from a local government perspective. Fusion addresses the rationales and methods facilitating the transfer of policy-making competences to the European level. It understands European integration as …Read More

Impatient politics and social investment: the EU as ‘policy facilitator’

Ferrera, Maurizio, (2016), «Impatient politics and social investment: the EU as ‘policy facilitator’», Journal of European Public Policy, 19 Σεπτεμβρίου Reorienting the welfare state towards social investment (SI) constitutes a complex and multidimensional challenge of policy recalibration and raises daunting political problems. The temporal mismatch between SI reforms and their returns requires a degree of ‘political patience’ on the side of both current voters and incumbent politicians which is not …Read More

Introducing the debate: European Union safeguards against member states’ democratic backsliding

Kelemen, R. Daniel, Blauberger, Michael, (2016), «Introducing the debate: European Union safeguards against member states’ democratic backsliding», Journal of European Public Policy, 9 Σεπτεμβρίου Today, the European Union (EU) is confronting a new democratic deficit at the national level. A number of EU member states have experienced an erosion of democracy and the rule of law in recent years, most severely in Hungary and Poland. Drawing on different strands of political science research, …Read More

Ideology as blocked mourning: Greek national identity in times of economic crisis and austerity

Glynos, Jason, Voutyras, Savvas, (2016), «Ideology as blocked mourning: Greek national identity in times of economic crisis and austerity», Journal of Political Ideologies, 15 Ιουλίου This article approaches the 2010–2014 economic crisis in Greece from the perspective of loss and mourning, critically exploring what questions and insights this provokes. We argue first that the rhetoric of mainstream political and media elites has been instrumental in framing responses to the Greek economic crisis in …Read More

Evolution of EU public sector financial accounting standardisation: critical events that opened the window for attempted policy change

Oulasvirta, Lasse O., Bailey, Stephen J., (2016), «Evolution of EU public sector financial accounting standardisation: critical events that opened the window for attempted policy change», Journal of European Integration, 11 Μαΐου This paper analyses agenda-setting for EU policy change in respect to public sector accounting harmonisation, adopting the garbage can model for its theoretical framework. It utilises qualitative research methods to determine what caused the window of opportunity to open, why it …Read More

Europe’s crises and the EU’s ‘big three’

Krotz, Ulrich, Maher, Richard, (2016), «Europe’s crises and the EU’s ‘big three’», West European Politics, Volume 39, Issue 5, 14 Ιουνίου This article examines the impact and significance of the Crimea–Ukraine–Russia and the eurozone crises on relations among and between the EU’s three biggest member states – Britain, France and Germany – as well as their individual influence and roles within the EU. The Ukraine and eurozone crises have revealed and intensified three …Read More

EU experimentalist governance in times of crisis

Zeitlin, Jonathan, (2016), «EU experimentalist governance in times of crisis», West European Politics, Volume 39, Issue 5, 9 Ιουνίου This paper analyses the evolution of EU governance since the financial and eurozone crisis from an experimentalist perspective. It argues that EU governance in many key policy domains continues to take the form of an experimentalist decision–making architecture, based on a recursive process of framework goal–setting and revision through comparative review of implementation experience …Read More

Europe’s union in crisis: tested and contested

Laffan, Brigid, (2016), «Europe’s union in crisis: tested and contested», West European Politics, Volume 39, Issue 5, 20 Ιουνίου 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 …Read More

An inflection point in European Union studies?

Young, Alasdair R., (2016), «An inflection point in European Union studies?», Journal of European Public Policy, 8 Ιουνίου This contribution introduces a selection of the best papers presented at the 2015 European Union Studies Association’s biennial conference. It uses these papers as a jumping off point to consider whether European Union (EU) studies suffers the same ‘gap’ with real-world problems that is seen to afflict some portions of the academy and to …Read More

From Summitry to EU Government: An Agenda Formation Perspective on the European Council

Carammia, Marcello, Princen, Sebastiaan, Timmermans, Arco, (2016), «From Summitry to EU Government: An Agenda Formation Perspective on the European Council», Journal of Common Market Studies, Volume 54 Issue 4, Ιούλιος While some observers have claimed that the European Council has become the key institution in European Union politics, others have argued that the Council’s role has remained relatively stable over time. In this article, we argue that an analysis of agenda formation dynamics …Read More