Post-Crisis Democracy in Europe
Exploring the EU's struggle for legitimacy
The contested but upheld legitimacy of the Court of Justice of the European Union
The Court of Justice of the European Union is one of the most contested transnational institutions in Europe. It nonetheless cemented its authority over nearly seven decades of integration and remains a cornerstone of the EU, according to Julien Bois.
Post-Crisis Democracy in Europe blog, 21 February 2022
In Europe, emergency politics has become unexceptional
Governments have accumulated extraordinary powers through emergency politics in crisis times. Although exceptional measures may be needed for exceptional times, José Piquer questions the notion of 'exceptionalism' and shows how such politics has become a persistent feature. The result is a weakening of democratic quality and a blurring of political party lines.
Post-Crisis Democracy in Europe blog, 16 December 2021
Embracing a piecemeal approach in intergovernmental negotiation: the case of Med-5 and the new European Asylum Support Office
Accepting half a loaf in international negotiations is always difficult. This has been especially notable in European debates over refugee policy, in which different countries have divergent interests and a mutually agreeable consensus is hard to form. However, recent developments suggest a thaw, Gil Thompson argues, with Mediterranean countries taking a pragmatic approach that could allow for real progress.
Post-Crisis Democracy in Europe blog, 27 July 2021
Democratizing the European Semester: the involvement of national parliaments
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, EU Member States managed to agree on key financial instruments to support the economic recovery of Europe. The decision to manage these instruments within the existing European Semester procedure has put this procedure into the spotlight. Ivana Skazlić argues that the pandemic can serve as an opportunity to enhance the involvement of national parliaments in the European Semester.
Post-Crisis Democracy in Europe blog, 19 July 2021
Trading ambition for cooperation: What’s next for the Eastern Partnership?
The European Neighbourhood Policy and its Eastern Partnership are key strategic policy frameworks for European Union external action. However, after unfulfilled promises, the Eastern Partners are now rethinking the original EU-led partnership framework. Tiffany G. Williams explains how mutual exchange can support fair and realistic cooperation between the Brussels and its partners in the East.
Post-Crisis Democracy in Europe blog, 27 May 2021
Will multinationals’ hunger for tax benefits prevail?
In this blog post, Elena Escalante Block, evaluates President Joe Biden’s role in the EU’s struggle to prevent international tax avoidance. Has Margrethe Vestager, “the Silicon Valley’s dragon slayer”, gained an ally in her fight against multinationals in Europe?
Post-Crisis Democracy in Europe blog, 21 May 2021
Doctoral supervision in an international team PhD: lessons learned
In this blog post, Chris Lord reflects on lessons from PLATO for doctoral supervision. As an international, cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral PhD network, PLATO has created an unusual opportunity to compare supervision practice. But its innovative supervision arrangements and collaborative nature have also placed unusual demands on supervisors and PhD researchers.
Post-Crisis Democracy in Europe blog, 29 December 2020
Influential but indifferent? Assessing the role of the public in European politics
In this blog post, first published on E-International Relations, Joris Melman reflects on the public’s distance towards the EU. Even though most Europeans seem to lack interest in (or at least knowledge of) European policy-making, the role of public opinion is bigger than ever.
Post-Crisis Democracy in Europe blog, 28 December 2020
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