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European Legitimacy in Governing through Hard Times: the role of European Networks

Objective

ENLIGHTEN responds to the first part of the EURO-4 call on “The future of European integration - 'More Europe – less Europe?'” by bringing together an interdisciplinary ‘next generation’ research team that integrates insights from Comparative Political Economy, European Studies, International Political Economy, and Sociology. ENLIGHTEN answers the call by focusing on how European modes of governance respond to ‘fast-burning’ and ‘slow-burning’ crises. These types of crises differ in how they affect the legitimacy of European input, output, and throughput processes in established and emergent modes of governance. In fast-burning crises interests are quickly formed and ideational and resource battles ensue over how to coordinate policy ideas, what institutions should be engaged, and communicating these changes to the public. Networks in fast crises are composed of defined groups seeking to protect or carve out their interests. In slow-burning crises interests are less obvious and the key task is often how to define the issues involved and who should address the problem. Here networks are commonly composed of experts who battle over how issues should be defined, as well as the boundaries on how coordinative and communicative discourses are articulated. Both fast- and slow-burning crises must be addressed by European modes of governance, with serious implications for the legitimacy and efficiency of the European project. Both raise political, social, and economic sensitivities that are transforming democratic politics in Europe. ENLIGHTEN addresses these themes through a series of linked cases that speak directly to the legitimacy and efficiency of European modes of governance.

Call for proposal

H2020-EURO-SOCIETY-2014
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Coordinator

COPENHAGEN BUSINESS SCHOOL
Address
Solbjerg Plads 3
2000 Frederiksberg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 889 970

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
EU contribution
€ 401 375
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
EU contribution
€ 792 590
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM
EU contribution
€ 230 000
Address
Nador Utca 9
1051 Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TAX JUSTICE NETWORK
EU contribution
€ 43 506
Address
Godfrey Wilson Ltd, 5Th Floor Mariner House 62 Prince Street
BS1 4QD Bristol
Activity type
Other
CONFEDERATION EUROPEENNE DES SYNDICATS ADF
EU contribution
€ 42 686
Address
Boulevard Du Roi Albert Ii 5
1210 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
FINANCE WATCH AISBL
EU contribution
€ 40 602
Address
Rue Ducale 67 B3
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
COMITE EUROPEEN DE COORDINATION DE L'HABITAT SOCIAL AISBL
EU contribution
€ 43 382
Address
Square De Meeus 18
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other