A Different Europe is Possible: The Professionalization of EU Studies and the Dilemmas of Integration in the 21st Century

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We suggest that a renewed focus on integration (broadly conceived) would enable
the field to contemplate the ways in which crisis dynamics interconnect with and amplify three founding and (and unresolved) dilemmas of the European project. These can be summarized as (a) the constant tension between the goal of delivering an EU-wide market order versus the desire to ensure social solidarity, (b) the tension between the development of a legal-constitutional order versus the need to secure appropriate channels for democratic authorization of policy decisions, and (c) the tension between a developing cosmopolitan social order characterized by free movement on the one hand and ongoing national communitarian impulses on the other. These tensions open space for different theoretical perspectives on the dilemmas of the European project, in particular an agonistic cosmopolitical approach from within critical social theory. To better reveal and address the challenges discussed here, a pluralistic field is one in which all the humanities and social sciences have something to contribute to the ontological, epistemological, and crucially methodological questions of European integration, EU studies, and understanding the EU itself in order to make a different Europe possible.


Externa organisationer
  • University of Copenhagen

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Statsvetenskap
Sidor (från-till)28-38
Antal sidor11
TidskriftJournal of Common Market Studies
Utgåva nummerS1
StatusPublished - 2018 jul 22
Peer review utfördJa
Externt publiceradJa