The European Union seems to have rescued its single currency, but it has not yet put an end to the crisis. In this major new book, a group of fifteen international philosophers, economists, political scientists, sociologists, and legal experts compare the economic, political, constitutional, social, and cultural interpretations of the European crisis. They describe the challenges the EU faces in relation to legitimacy and democracy and address head-on the uncertainty over the future of Europe.
The book considers different possible scenarios-from the Union's dissolution, with or without the continuation of the integration process, to its reinforcement through the building of a political union addressing the challenges of legitimacy, democracy and justice. Such a strengthened union could mark a new stage for democracy-not the democracy of ancient cities and modern states, but one convenient to the complex entities, neither national nor supra-national, of which the European Union, despite the crisis, is still the best modern example.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield International
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 558 g
Dimensions: 237 x 159 x 29 mm
With such a distinguished cast of specialists from such a wide range of disciplines, it should come as no surprise that this is the best collection of essays yet on the twined crises of the Euro and the European Union. Strongly recommended, not just to those who want to understand what is happening, but also to those who wish to do something about it. -- Philippe C. Schmitter, Professor Emeritus, European University Institute
With outstanding contributors from right around Europe, this volume offers an exhaustive survey of current debates about the status of, and prospects for, the EU at a crucial point in its history. -- Professor Lord Anthony Giddens, London School of Economics