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European Democracy in Crisis

Polities under Challenge and Social Movements

European Democracy in Crisis
  • Year of publication 2017
  • 198 pages
Editor:Hauke Brunkhorst, Dragica Vujadinović, and Tanasije Marinković
Series:Democracy and the Rule of Law (volume 7)
Category: Law Constitutional Law and Human Rights
Icon_printbook 978‐94‐6236‐799‐9 | hardcover | 1st edition | € 84.00 / $ 106.65 / £ 83.74
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In the past ten years, Europe has faced challenges that are unprecedented in its contemporary history. Weaknesses in the functioning of the Eurozone, notably the European Union’s macro-economic structure, were revealed on account of the economic and financial crisis. In turn, the neo-liberal measures intended to remedy these shortcomings caused fierce reactions on both poles of the political spectrum. Moreover, the reduction of the Member States’ sovereignty in fiscal and economic policy gave rise to right wing populism and Euro-skeptic political forces.

Resisting the politics of austerity, social movement groups across Europe began to resort to extra-institutional mechanisms and channels. Violence has undeniably become Europe’s new norm, resulting from the rise of both radical left-wing and right-wing social movements. Hit by a series of terrorist attacks European polities are subsequently descending into a latent (and at times a very real) “state of nature”.

This volume addresses the many different facets of the European crisis, and concerns itself with the possibilities of overcoming it. The eleven articles will appeal to philosophers, political scientists, and legal scholars interested in European Union studies.

Author's information

  • Hauke Brunkhorst, Professor, European University Flensburg, Sociology
  • Dragica Vujadinovic, Professor, Faculty of Law University of Belgrade
  • Tanasije Marinkovic, Professor, Faculty of Law University of Belgrade
  • Patrice Canivez, Professor, Université Lille 3, UFR Humanités
  • Petar Marković, PhD Candidate, Université Libre de Bruxelles, GEM PhD School
  • Gérard Raulet, Professor, University of Paris-Sorbonne
  • Nenad Dimitrijevic, Professor, Central European University, Budapest, Political Science
  • Stephan Kirste, Professor, University of Salzburg
  • David Rasmussen, Professor, Boston College
  • Anne Reichold, Professor, University of Flensburg, Sociology