Brexit has prompted renewed calls for EU studies to take seriously the problem of European disintegration. In fact, ‘disintegration’ has been on the field’s agenda for some time. With the EU suffering a ‘perfect storm’ of crises, some of which are thought to be existential, it is perhaps unsurprising that there have been calls to theorise disintegration ( Zielonka, 2014 ) as well as a few attempts to map out what a theory of disintegration might look like ( Jones, 2018 ; Vollaard, 2014 , 2018; Webber, 2014 ). Part of the turn to
The chapters by Ben Rosamond and William Outhwaite stimulate new thinking about the causes, manifestations and trajectories of de-Europeanisation, differentiation and disintegration in Europe in different ways. While Rosamond focuses on what we can and cannot learn from (neofunctionalist) integration theories about the manifestations and causes of disintegration, Outhwaite draws our attention to the significant differences in how (member) states have related to Europe while also discussing key pathologies and problems of the Union’s constitutional order
DISINTEGRATION AT THE LOCAL
LEVEL IN EUROPE: AN ANALYTICAL
The purpose of this paper is to present some reflections on the
measurement of social deprivation in localities within the
European Union (EU). The stress is on ‘socioeconomically
disintegrated’ localities, that is, those with severe problems of
social and economic restructuring (Moulaert et al, 1992; 1993;
1994). Several considerations have inspired this paper.
First of all, since the last oil crisis at the end of the 1980s,
internal divisions on foreign policy, a comprehensive interpretation about the unwinding of some of the key ingredients that allowed over past decades the European integration to successfully progress stands as a welcome assistance. It helps negotiators to understand the nature of the stalemate they face when they gather today helplessly in long and ineffective EU meetings.
The emphasis put by both authors on the structural dimension of this potential European disintegration is timely. The sense of disheartened activity spinning around in circles with very little
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Is the European Union (EU) in a state of crisis? Over recent years, a series of systemic and spontaneous challenges, including Brexit, the rise of Euroscepticism and the Eurozone and refugee crises, have manifested in landmark moments for European integration.
First published as a special issue of the journal Global Discourse, this edited collection investigates whether these crises are isolated phenomena or symptoms of a deeper malaise across the EU. Experts from across disciplines analyse and rethink the forces which pull Europeans together, as well as those which push them apart.
This collection of work has been produced as a result of a major 1994 UK seminar on the measurement and analysis of social exclusion, sponsored by the European Commission and the UK Department of Social Security. There are contributions from a wide range of academics with varying backgrounds.
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