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Beyond the CrisisThe Governance of Europe's Economic, Political and Legal Transformation$
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Mark Dawson, Henrik Enderlein, and Christian Joerges

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198752868

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198752868.001.0001

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Paradoxical Europe: The Eurozone Crisis and the Unanticipated Consequences of Integration

Paradoxical Europe: The Eurozone Crisis and the Unanticipated Consequences of Integration

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(p.203) 13 Paradoxical Europe: The Eurozone Crisis and the Unanticipated Consequences of Integration
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Beyond the Crisis
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Maurizio Bach

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198752868.003.0013

The European Union is suffering one of the deepest confidence and legitimation crises in its history, which can be recognised as an unintended and paradoxical effect of crisis management. The chapter examines these effects by adopting the sociological paradigm of self-perpetuating social processes. Mainly three characteristics of the European regime foster the paradoxical dynamics of the crisis and significantly weaken the prospects of rational crisis management: first, the EU’s low problem-solving capacity in the light of the dual system of concurrent intergovernmental and supranational policy aspirations; second, the political short-term pragmatism against the background of a prevailing method of functionalist European integration; and third, the closed system of monetary union, which forecloses an exit option, with its conflict-intensifying effects.

Keywords:   European Union, legitimation crisis, paradoxical effects, crisis management, functionalism, intergovernmental, supranational, monetary union

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