From market integration to core state powers : the Eurozone crisis, the refugee crisis and integration theory

Published on Jan 1, 2018in Journal of Common Market Studies2.75
· DOI :10.1111/jcms.12654
Philipp Genschel17
Estimated H-index: 17
(EUI: European University Institute),
Markus Jachtenfuchs7
Estimated H-index: 7
The Eurozone crisis and the refugee crisis are showcases of the problems associated with the EU’s shift from market integration to the integration of core state powers. The integration of core state powers responds to similar functional demand factors as market integration (interdependence, externalities and spill-over) but its supply is more tightly constrained by a high propensity for zero-sum conflict, a functional requirement for centralized fiscal, coercive and administrative capacities, and high political salience. We show how these constraints structured the initial design of EMU and Schengen, made them vulnerable to crisis, and shaped policy options during the crises: they made horizontal differentiation unattractive, re-regulation ineffective, centralized risk and burden sharing unfeasible and the externalization of adjustment burden to non-EU actors necessary by default. In conclusion, we explore possible escape routes from the trap.
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Published on Jul 3, 2018in Journal of European Public Policy3.46
Frank Schimmelfennig34
Estimated H-index: 34
(ETH Zurich)
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Published on Jan 1, 2018in Journal of Common Market Studies2.75
Arne Niemann15
Estimated H-index: 15
(University of Mainz),
Johanna Speyer2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Mainz)
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Published on Jan 1, 2018in Journal of Common Market Studies2.75
Natascha Zaun2
Estimated H-index: 2
(LSE: London School of Economics and Political Science)
Building on Moravcsik’s Liberal Intergovernmentalism, I offer an explanation of the non-decision on permanent EU refugee quotas. Some traditionally influential Member States in EU asylum politics, e.g. Germany, Austria and Sweden, received large numbers of refugees and faced strong domestic pressures to engage other Member States in responsibility-sharing. Yet, governments of Member States with small application numbers (among whom several Eastern European governments were particularly vocal) ha...
Published on Jan 1, 2018in Journal of Common Market Studies2.75
Eelco Harteveld5
Estimated H-index: 5
(UvA: University of Amsterdam),
Joep Schaper4
Estimated H-index: 4
(UvA: University of Amsterdam)
+ 1 AuthorsWouter van der Brug26
Estimated H-index: 26
(UvA: University of Amsterdam)
This paper investigates how the refugee crisis has affected attitudes towards the EU, as well as attitudes towards national institutions. By combining different waves of individual survey data, official records of asylum applications and a content analysis of the media, we examine the effect of the numbers of asylum applications and the amount of media coverage thereof on citizens' attitudes towards the EU and national politics. Our findings demonstrate that the number of asylum applications in ...
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Berthold Rittberger22
Estimated H-index: 22
Felix Biermann1
Estimated H-index: 1
+ 2 AuthorsMoritz Weiss5
Estimated H-index: 5
Published on Jan 1, 2017
Natascha Zaun5
Estimated H-index: 5
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Kevin Aslett1
Estimated H-index: 1
James A. Caporaso19
Estimated H-index: 19
Since revelations of the Greek fiscal deficit in the fall of 2009, the breakup of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) has moved from unthinkable to plausible. The debate over the future of the EMU has become increasingly relevant, as numerous efforts to solve the Greek crisis have not been successful. Neither have basic competitiveness differences between countries in the core and periphery of the European Union been eliminated. Proposed solutions include development of a banking union, regula...
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Domenico Lombardi5
Estimated H-index: 5
Manuela Moschella3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Centre for International Governance Innovation)
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Published on Jun 1, 2016in Comparative Political Studies3.19
Erik Jones16
Estimated H-index: 16
(Johns Hopkins University),
R. Daniel Kelemen20
Estimated H-index: 20
(RU: Rutgers University),
Sophie Meunier20
Estimated H-index: 20
(Princeton University)
The European Union (EU) project of combining a single market with a common currency was incomplete from its inception. This article shows that the incompleteness of the governance architecture of Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) was both a cause of the euro crisis and a characteristic pattern of the policy responses to the crisis. We develop a “failing forward” argument to explain the dynamics of European integration using recent experience in the eurozone as an illustration: Intergove...
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Published on Sep 3, 2019in Journal of European Public Policy3.46
Stefan Wallaschek1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Hildesheim)
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Published on Jan 17, 2019in Journal of European Public Policy3.46
Liesbet Hooghe41
Estimated H-index: 41
(UNC: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill),
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Estimated H-index: 48
(UNC: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Sergio Fabbrini14
Estimated H-index: 14
(Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli)
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Published on Jul 10, 2019in Journal of European Public Policy3.46
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Estimated H-index: 4
(University of California, Berkeley)
Published on May 30, 2019in Journal of European Public Policy3.46
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Estimated H-index: 11
(Johns Hopkins University),
Meghan Luhman
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Published on May 30, 2019in Journal of European Public Policy3.46
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Estimated H-index: 35
(HSE: National Research University – Higher School of Economics)
Published on Jun 4, 2019in Journal of European Public Policy3.46
Jonathan Zeitlin29
Estimated H-index: 29
(UvA: University of Amsterdam),
Francesco Nicoli2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UvA: University of Amsterdam),
Brigid Laffan5
Estimated H-index: 5
(EUI: European University Institute)
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Estimated H-index: 4
(University of California, Berkeley),
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Estimated H-index: 9
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Estimated H-index: 14
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Estimated H-index: 1
(Radboud University Nijmegen),
Derek Beach12
Estimated H-index: 12
(AU: Aarhus University)
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