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Rescuing the European project: EU legitimacy, governance and security

Rescuing the European project: EU legitimacy, governance and security

Olaf Cramme (ed)

29 October 2009


Rescuing the European project: EU legitimacy, governance and security

Asking how politics can deliver for the majority of EU citizens, this edited volume considers how the EU might secure, renew and expand its basis of legitimacy at a crucial point in the history of European integration.

Over the next decade the EU must be ready to redefine itself: what its role is as a political entity in a rapidly changing world and how it should reform itself, both internally and externally, in order to overcome and respond to the multifaceted challenges of the global age we now live in. In short, the challenge of making the EU “fit for purpose”.

Needless to say, this is where controversy begins: what exactly is the EU’s “purpose” in the 21st century and what kind of reforms are required to render it “fit”? In this volume, leading thinkers and experts provide compelling answers to issues of legitimacy, governance, internal security and migration.

This pamphlet is one of three volumes containing over thirty original policy papers on the full range of EU challenges. In addition, the synthesis report "An EU "fit for purpose in the global age - can we rise to the challenge?" provides a compact analysis of how the EU needs to evolve and operate if it is to live up to the expectations and hopes of many of its citizens.


Chapter 1 Olaf Cramme
EU integration at a crossroads: closing the expectation-reality gap

Chapter 2 Maurice Fraser
Making Europe matter: a realistic path to legitimacy

Chapter 3 Tony Fahey
The EU’s identity deficit: what it is and why it is important

Chapter 4 Edgar Grande
European identity: a dangerous obsession

Chapter 5 Stefano Bartolini
The nature of the EU legitimacy crisis and institutional constraints: defining the conditions for politicisation and partisanship

Chapter 6 Thierry Chopin
The limits of the functionalist method: politicisation as an indispensible means to settle the EU’s legitimacy deficit

Chapter 7 Kevin Featherstone
Legitimacy through output: the quest for leadership and a big new idea

Chapter 8 Janis A. Emmanouilidis
The case for differentiated integration in the EU:making the right choices

Chapter 9 Jörg Monar and Hans G. Nilsson
Enhancing the EU’s effectiveness in response to international criminality and terrorism: current deficits and elements of a realistic post-2009 agenda

Chapter 10 Anna Triandafyllidou
Adjusting the EU’s immigration policy: between the demographic and economic challenge

Chapter 11 Charles Jenkins
The EU and asylum policies: the need for greater European solidarity and burden sharing


About the contributors

Stefano Bartolini
is director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute, Florence and a former professor of political science at the University of Bologna. He is the author of Restructuring Europe: Centre Formation, System Building and Political Structuring between the Nation State and the European Union (2005).

Thierry Chopin is director of studies at the Robert Schuman Foundation in Paris. He is a visiting professor at the College of Europe, Bruges and teaches at Mines ParisTech and Sciences-Po Paris. He is also an associate research fellow at the Centre for International Studies and Research (CERI-Sciences-Po).

Olaf Cramme is director of Policy Network and a former lecturer in European politics at London Metropolitan University. He is the co-editor of Social Justice in the Global Age (2009).

Janis A. Emmanouilidis is senior policy analyst at the European Policy Centre in Brussels. He was a research fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy(ELIAMEP) until September 2009.

Tony Fahey is professor of social policy and head of the School of Applied Social Science at University College Dublin. He is the co-editor of the Handbook of Quality of Life in the Enlarged European Union (2008).

Kevin Featherstone is professor of political science and contemporary Greek studies at the European Institute, London School of Economics. He is the author of The Limits of Europeanization: Reform Capacity and Policy Conflict in Greece (2008, with Dimitris Papadimitriou).

Maurice Fraser is senior fellow in European Politics at the European Institute, London School of Economics, and programme director of the LSE-Sciences-Po European double master’s Degree. From 1989-1995, he was special adviser to three successive UK foreign secretaries.

Edgar Grande is professor of comparative politics and coordinator of the Center on Governance, Communication, Public Policy and Law at the University of Munich. He is the co-author of Cosmopolitan Europe (2008, with Ulrich Beck).

Charles Jenkins is regional director for western Europe at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), London. He is co-editor of Through the Paper Curtain: Insiders and Outsiders in the New Europe (2003).

Jörg Monar is a visiting professor and director of political and administrative studies at the College of Europe, Bruges and a professor of contemporary European studies at the University of Sussex, Brighton, where he co-directs the European Institute.

Hans G. Nilsson is head of division, judificial cooperation, at the Council of the European Union, minister at the Swedish Permanent Representation to the EU, and a visiting professor at the College of Europe, Bruges.

Anna Triandafyllidou is assistant professor at Democritus University of Thrace, a visiting professor at the College of Europe and a senior research fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), Athens.

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