Europe and European Studies in Crisis. Inter-Disciplinary and Intra-Disciplinary Schisms in Legal and Political Science

WZB Discussion Paper SP IV 2016–109

34 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2016

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Christian Joerges

University of Bremen - Faculty of Law; Hertie School of Governance

Christian Kreuder-Sonnen

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) - Geschwister-Scholl-Institute of Political Science (GSI)

Date Written: September 26, 2016

Abstract

European Studies used to be dominated by legal and political science approaches which hailed the progress of European integration and its reliance on law. The recent set of crises which struck the EU have highlighted fundamental problems in the ways and means by which European integration unfolds. The quasi-authoritarian emergency politics deployed in the euro crisis is a radical expression of the fading prevalence of democratic processes to accommodate economic and social diversity in the Union. As we argue in this paper, however, the mainstreams in both disciplines retain a largely affirmative and apologetic stance on the EU’s post-democratic and extra-constitutional development. While political science contributions mostly contend themselves with a revival of conventional integration theories and thus turn a blind eye to normatively critical aspects of European crisis governance, legal scholarship is in short supply of normatively convincing theoretical paradigms and thus aligns itself with the functionalist reasoning of the EU’s Court of Justice. Yet we also identify critical peripheries in both disciplines which intersect in their critical appraisal of the authoritarian tendencies that inhere the crisis-ridden state of European integration. Their results curb the prevailing optimism and underline that the need for fundamental reorientations in both the theory and practice of European integration has become irrefutable.

Keywords: European crisis, authoritarian tendencies, European Studies, European integration

Suggested Citation

Joerges, Christian and Kreuder-Sonnen, Christian, Europe and European Studies in Crisis. Inter-Disciplinary and Intra-Disciplinary Schisms in Legal and Political Science (September 26, 2016). WZB Discussion Paper SP IV 2016–109. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2847115 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2847115

Christian Joerges

University of Bremen - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 330440
Bremen, 28334
Germany

Hertie School of Governance ( email )

Friedrichstraße 180
Berlin, 10117
Germany

Christian Kreuder-Sonnen (Contact Author)

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) - Geschwister-Scholl-Institute of Political Science (GSI) ( email )

Munich
Germany

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