1st Edition

Crisis and Politicisation The Framing and Re-framing of Europe’s Permanent Crisis

Edited By Benedetta Voltolini, Michal Natorski, Colin Hay Copyright 2021
    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book elucidates the link between the politics of a now seemingly permanent crisis in Europe and the politicisation of European integration. Looking at the epistemic dimension of crises, it suggests that the way in which a crisis is framed and contested determines its potential impact on the level of politicisation of European integration.

    Europe is more challenged and contested today than it has even been, facing crisis of an almost existential kind. Yet, political crises are manufactured and narrated, so Europe has the possibility to intervene and ‘bring about her recovery’, instead of letting these crises prove terminal. This book explores the political process in and through which certain events come to be framed as constitutive of a moment that requires a decisive intervention. It shows that crises require a double framing: a situation needs to be identified as one of crisis in the first place and, subsequently, the nature and character of the crisis need to be specified. By examining a wide range of policy areas, the book demonstrates that framing of crises, i.e., identifying one situation both as a crisis and a crisis of a particular kind, contributes to the politicisation (or depoliticisation) of the process of European integration.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as special issue of Journal of European Integration.

    Introduction: the politicisation of permanent crisis in Europe, Benedetta Voltolini

    Michal Natorski and Colin Hay

    1. Politicizing support and opposition to migration in France: the EU asylum policy crisis and direct social activism

    Pietro Castelli Gattinara and Lorenzo Zamponi

    2. ‘Push or pull’? Framing immigration in times of crisis in the European Union and the United States

    Leila Hadj Abdo

    3. Construction of the Eurozone crisis: re- and depoliticising European economic integration

    Amelie Kutter

    4. The Troika in its own words: responding to the politicisation of the southern European crises

    Tiago Moreira Ramalho

    5. Half-full or half-empty? Framing of UK–EU relations during the Brexit referendum campaign

    Tatiana Coutto

    6. A "Europe des Nations": far right imaginative geographies and the politicization of cultural crisis on Twitter in Western Europe

    Bharath Ganesh and Caterina Froio

    7. United we stand in metaphors: EU authority and incomplete politicisation of the crisis in Ukraine

    Michal Natorski

    8. Ontological crises, framing and the (de)politicisation of EU foreign policy: the case of EU-Israel relations

    Benedetta Voltolini

    9. European foreign policy in times of crisis: a political development lens

    Nikki Ikani


    Benedetta Voltolini is Lecturer in European Foreign Policy in the Department of European and International Studies at King’s College London, UK. Her research focuses on the foreign policy of the EU and its member states towards the Middle East and North Africa, on lobbying and framing in European external relations.

    Michal Natorski in Assistant Professor in Public Policy Analysis and Governance at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance/United Nations University-MERIT at the Maastricht University, Netherlands. His research interests include the diffusion of public policies, international practices, the governance of disruptive phenomena and EU foreign policy.

    Colin Hay is Professor and Director of Doctoral Studies in Political Sciences at Sciences Po, Paris, France, and founding Director of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) at the University of Sheffield, UK. He is lead editor of New Political Economy and founding co-editor of Comparative European Politics and British Politics. He is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Science and, until recently, President of the European University Institute’s Research Council.