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The Choice for Europe since Maastricht. Member States' Preferences for Economic and Financial Integration

Objective

The Eurozone crisis corroborated the warnings of economists that weak economic policy coordination and loose fiscal oversight would be insufficient to stabilise the monetary union. To prevent a recurrence of the crisis, economists, political actors and the “Blueprint” of the European Commission are asking for the construction of a deep and genuine economic and monetary union with reinforced governance architecture – beyond the recently adopted mechanisms. Many models of a fiscal union have been proposed and discussed. What is missing are not ideas and economic analysis, but the political consensus among member states’ governments for a specific integration path. Therefore, this political science project analyses the politics of economic and fiscal integration, that is, the conflict structure among member states. To this end, we aim to study the preferences of member states’ governments’ for different models of a fiscal union. Our theoretical framework builds on the comparative political economy literature and liberal intergovernmentalism and argues that domestic economic, fiscal and political factors are the main determinants of member states’ preferences. To empirically study the extent to which governments’ preferences are shaped by these factors, we propose to conduct 165 semi-structured interviews with decision makers in all member states. The interview data will be analysed with a mixed-method strategy – including quantitative analysis as well as case studies. We fully expect that the findings of the project will provide guidance for the successful implementation of a feasible reform of the governance architecture of the EU to the effective stabilisation of the economy. In addition to the political feasibility analysis, we aim to study the legal context of potential integration scenarios. The consortium conducting this research covers all regions of the EU and consists of 8 distinguished political scientists and one legal scholar.

Call for proposal

H2020-EURO-SOCIETY-2014
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

PARIS-LODRON-UNIVERSITAT SALZBURG
Address
Kapitelgasse 4-6
5020 Salzburg
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 135 222,50

Participants (9)

KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 191 806
Address
Nador Utca 9
1051 Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT KONSTANZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 166 062
Address
Universitatsstrasse 10
78464 Konstanz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 177 422
Address
Universitetsvagen 10
10691 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 76 374,50
Address
Earlham Road
NR4 7TJ Norwich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LUISS LIBERA UNIVERSITA INTERNAZIONALE DEGLI STUDI SOCIALI GUIDO CARLI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 163 862
Address
Viale Pola 12
00198 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Participation ended

Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 173 795
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 66 250
Address
Belfield
4 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT BASEL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Petersplatz 1
4051 Basel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments