Workshop: Crises, differentiating shocks and fragmentation in the EU's political order

Comenius University in Bratislava will host a workshop on crises, differentiating shocks and fragmentation on 6-7 February 2020. 

The workshop presents studies assessing the fragmentation hypothesis. The fragmentation hypothesis posits that the financial-turned-Euro- crisis, the refugee crisis, the geopolitical crisis related to Russian revisionism and instability in the EU neighborhood hit the EU as external differentiating shocks. A differentiating shock ‘hits’ or shakes a political system in such a manner that it singles out certain issues and concerns as the dominant ones, and exposes the political system’s dependence on these actors; it has distributive effects; and it is differentiating in terms of the distinctive patterns of conflict and opposition that it sparks. Certain forms of shocks are not only differentiating but can lead to fragmentation of systems of order and rule, with dominance effects.

In assessing this hypothesis, we focus on the Eurozone crisis; refugee crises and the geopolitical crisis related to the EU’s internal cohesion and how the EU responded to these. Emphasis is on the types of institutional arrangements that were established, the legal-regulatory framework that was devised, and the specific policies that were put in place, including the extent to which they were implemented. We examine: (a) how much fragmentation the crises have produced; and (b) how and the extent to which that manifests itself in dominance. 

Building on the overall analytical framework of EU3D, the workshop will focus on establishing the current status of dominance in the EU system of economic governance, fiscal and monetary policy; justice and home affairs with emphasis on asylum seekers and border controls; and defense policy coordination including new PESCO structures and processes.


Thursday 6 February




Welcome and introduction

Jozef Bátora, Professor, Comenius University


Session 1

Conceptualizing differentiation shocks | John Erik Fossum, Professor, ARENA Centre for European Studies

Migration as an external differentiating shock and its impact on perceptions of power and legitimacy | Dia Anagnostou, Senior Research Fellow, ELIAMEP




Session 2

The current status of dominance in the EU system of economic governance: The Greek case | Filippa Chatzistavrou | Research Fellow, ELIAMEP

Ruling the interregnum: Politics and ideology in non-hegemonic times | Rune Møller Stahl | Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Copenhagen

No rest for the wicked: Differentiating shocks and the European migration crisis | Espen D.H. Olsen, Senior Researcher, ARENA Centre for European Studies


Book launch: Towards a Segmented European Political Order 

Friday 7 February


Session 3

Dominance through illicit hierarchy: The EBC and the crisis | Ingrid Hjertaker and Bent Sofus Tranøy | ARENA Centre for European Studies

Asymmetrical shocks and responses to the European crisis: Differentiation, de-Europeanisation and issue-specific Euroscepticism | Rafal Riedel, Professor, University in Opole, Poland

The political order of EU defence: Institutional logics, organisational field formation and segmentation | Jozef Bátora, Professor, Comenius University




End of programme

Full programme (pdf)

Participation upon invitation. If you have any questions, contact head of WP2, Jozef Bátora.

Published Jan. 9, 2020 1:37 PM - Last modified Dec. 8, 2020 10:17 AM