Book launch: The politics of legitimation in the EU: legitimacy recovered?

What can responses by specific actors to the EU’s recent troubles tell us about its legitimacy? Join us online for a discussion of the book The politics of legitimation in the EU: legitimacy recovered? which will be livestreamed from Antwerp University. 

Coordinator Chris Lord with the co-edited book collecting findings from PLATO's many PhD projects. 

The book discussion will be held at the University of Antwerp and can be followed online via this link (Blackboard Collaborate). 

About the book  

Shortcomings in legitimacy can remain latent until a political system is tested in moments of difficulty. Starting with the 2008 financial crisis, the EU has suffered multiple difficulties, widely understood as crises: migration crisis, membership crisis (Brexit, Poland, Hungary), geopolitical crises, climate crisis, and a pandemic. Why do crises keep happening? Is there something about our contemporary world which means that political and other systems keep interacting to produce crises? How far are those legitimacy crises as opposed to just crises? What should the EU do, or not do, in response to crises?

These questions are addressed in a joint volume of the PLATO project: The politics of legitimation in the EU: legitimacy recovered? The book investigates discourses, behaviours and processes by which various actors understand, shape, contest or construct justifications for powers, policies and political orders. It includes studies of actors in EU institutions, governments, parliaments, courts, and the media, as well as chapters on citizens, stakeholder interests and actors outside the Union. All are case studies of what responses by specific actors to the EU’s recent troubles tell us about is legitimacy.

Cumulatively, the case studies can help us understand the politics of legitimating the EU as a story of many actors, individual and collective, each operating at different levels, many with similar but not completely identical conceptions of the rightful exercise of political power. The result is a better understanding of the role of different actors in the politics of legitimating, delegitimating or relegitimating the European Union.


  • Chris Lord, ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo
  • Dirk De Bièvre, University of Antwerp
  • Bastiaan Redert (PhD, University of Antwerp), University of Antwerp
  • Claire Godet (PhD, University of Oslo), University of Luxembourg and International Sustainable Finance Centre
  • Radu-Mihai Triculescu (PhD, University of Twente), Up Romania
  • Elena Escalante Block (PhD, Sciences Po Paris), University of Antwerp
  • Emilija Tudjarovska (PhD, Charles University), Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Julien Bois (PhD, Freie Universität Berlin), University of Liège
  • Philipp Lausberg, University of Antwerp

About the project

The Post-Crisis Legitimacy in Europe (PLATO) was a European training network bringing together 15 PhD researchers and senior scholars from across Europe to study the implications of the 2008 financial crisis for the EU's legitimacy.

It was funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (2017-2020).

Published May 30, 2022 12:31 PM - Last modified June 2, 2022 3:49 PM