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

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.

Coordinator

COPENHAGEN BUSINESS SCHOOL

Address

Solbjerg Plads 3
2000 Frederiksberg

Denmark

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 889 970

Participants (7)

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UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 401 375

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 792 590

KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 230 000

TAX JUSTICE NETWORK LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 43 506

CONFEDERATION EUROPEENNE DES SYNDICATS ADF

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 42 686

FINANCE WATCH AISBL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 40 602

COMITE EUROPEEN DE COORDINATION DE L'HABITAT SOCIAL AISBL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 43 382

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 649456

  • Start date

    1 April 2015

  • End date

    31 March 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 484 111,25

  • EU contribution

    € 2 484 111

Coordinated by:

COPENHAGEN BUSINESS SCHOOL

Denmark