2020 APSA Conference: Democracy, Difference and Destabilisation in Europe and Beyond

EU3D researchers are discussing EU’s current challenges and remedying actors and factors at the 2020 APSA Annual Meeting.

2020 APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Democracy, Difference, and Destabilization
8 September - 13 September 2020

Organiser: American Political Science Association (APSA)

Panel abstract

In the last decade, the EU has confronted a significant destabilisation impetus of multiple origins and manifestations. That includes the financial crisis and the Eurozone governance crisis; the refugee crisis; the rise of xenophobic and nationalist movements in member states undermining standards of liberal democracy; and Brexit-spurred uncertainty and centrifugal pressures. In addition, the global situation is uncertain, with powerful actors seeking to undermine/weaken many of the international agreements and institutional arrangements that have marked the post-war global order.

The purpose of this panel is twofold: a) to take stock of the present situation and provide a form of ‘diagnosis’ of the current state of affairs; and b) to look for remedying actors and factors. The panel includes contributions that will draw on other cases to compare and contrast the EU with so as to get a clearer sense as to whether the EU’s problems and challenges – and rectifying measures – are unique to the EU or not.

Panel participants

Sergio Fabbrini (LUISS University), 'Between Differentiation and Federalization: Which Model for the EU?'

Vivien A. Schmidt (Boston University), 'Political Consequences of Eurozone Governance and Democratic Legitimacy'

John Erik Fossum (ARENA Centre for European Studies), 'Can Democracy Bounce Back?'

Thomas Christiansen (LUISS University), 'Spitzenkandidaten: The (Failed) Democratisation of EU Leadership Selection?'


Erik Jones (Johns Hopkins University)

Full programme here

Published Sep. 11, 2020 3:12 PM - Last modified Sep. 11, 2020 3:12 PM