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Towards a Segmented European Political Order

The European Union's Post-crises Conundrum, 1st Edition

Edited by Jozef Bátora, John Erik Fossum


320 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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This book makes a distinctive contribution to the crucial debate on the European Union’s present and future development.

It systematically examines how the range of crises and challenges over the last decade have transformed the EU and relates those findings to the discussion of an increasingly differentiated EU. It argues that the post-crises EU shows clear signs of becoming a segmented political order with in-built biases and constraints. The book spells out the key features of such an order in ideational and structural terms and how it more concretely manifests itself in the EU’s institutional and constitutional make-up, and in how member states constrain and condition EU action. Different states impose different types of constraints, as is underlined through paying explicit attention to the Visegrád countries.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of European Union politics/studies, European integration and politics, East European politics, and foreign policy.


"This collection foregrounds the institutional fault lines, ideas and ideologies that make today's EU a uniquely "segmented" political order. Its thought-provoking contributions help us see that different aspects of European governance are simultaneously moving in several different directions--and that this has major consequences for how we understand its whole system." - Craig Parsons, University of Oregon, USA.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Jozef Bátora and John Erik Fossum

2. The Institutional Make-up of Europe’s Segmented Political Order

John Erik Fossum

3. Illusions of Convergence: The Persistent Simplification of a Wicked Crisis

Bent Sofus Tranøy and Herman Schwartz

4. Epistemic Worries about Economic Expertise

Cathrine Holst and Anders Molander

5. What Kind of Crisis and How to Deal with it? The Segmented Border Logic in the European Migration Crisis

Espen D.H. Olsen

6. Toxic Neoliberalism on the EU’s Periphery: Slovakia, the Euro and the Migrant Crisis

John Gould and Darina Malová

7. European Solidarity in Times of Crisis: Towards Differentiated Integration

Asimina Michailidou and Hans-Jörg Trenz

8. Interstitial Organisations and Segmented Integration in EU Governance

Jozef Bátora

9. Undermining the Standards of Liberal Democracy within the European Union: The Polish Case and the Limits of Post-Enlargement Democratic Conditionality

Rafal Riedel

10. Newspaper Portrayal of the EU in Crises in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary: The Union’s Imagined Linearity

Max Steuer

11. European Crises and Foreign Policy Attitudes in Europe

Michal Onderco

12. Integration through Differentiation and Segmentation: The Case of one Member State from 1950 to Brexit (and Beyond)

Christopher Lord

13. Conclusion: A Segmented Political Order and Future Options

Jozef Bátora and John Erik Fossum

About the Editors

Jozef Bátora is Professor at the Department of Political Science, Comenius University in Bratislava, and at the International Relations Department, Webster Vienna Private University, Austria.

John Erik Fossum is Professor at the ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo, Norway.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Democratising Europe

Routledge Studies on Democratising Europe focuses on the prospects for a citizens’ Europe by analysing the kind of order that is emerging in Europe. The books in the series take stock of the EU as an entity that has progressed beyond intergovernmentalism and consider how to account for this process and what makes it democratic. The emphasis is on citizenship, constitution-making, public sphere, enlargement, common foreign and security policy, and Europe society.

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