The future of the EU: which political order for Europe?


    Friday, 19 February  2016, 12:30 p.m.
    Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - ASERI
    Via San Vittore 18, Milan

Presentation of the book Which European Union? Europe After the Euro Crisis by Sergio Fabbrini


Sergio Fabbrini, Director of School of Government and Professor of Political Sciences and International Relations at LUISS Guido Carli

Vittorio Emanuele Parsi, Director of ASERI

The book argues that the European Union (EU) is made up of states pursuing different aims, rather than simply moving in the same direction at different speeds. The author describes the alternative perspectives on the EU (an economic community, an intergovernmental union, and a parliamentary union), that led to multiple compromises in its structure and shows how the Euro crisis has called them into question.

The book argues that a new European political order is necessary to deal with the consequences of the crisis, based on an institutional differentiation between the EU member states interested only in market co-operation and those advancing towards a genuine economic and monetary union. Such a differentiation would allow the latter group to become a political union, conceptualized as a compound union of states and citizens, while preserving a revised framework of a single market in which both groups of states can participate.

Sergio Fabbrini is currently Professor of Political Sciences and International Relations and Director of the School of Government at Luiss Guido Carli in Rome where he is the holder of a Jean Monnet Chair. He is political affairs’ editorialist for the Italian business daily Il Sole 24 Ore. He served as Director of the Trento School of International Studies in the period 2006-2009 and Editor of the “Italian Journal of Political Science” (Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica) in the period 2004-2009. He is Recurrent Visiting Professor of Comparative and International Politics at the Department of Political Science and Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California at Berkeley. His publications in English include: Which European Union? Europe After the Euro Crisis, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2015; Compound Democracies: Why the United States and Europe Are Becoming Similar, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2010, second and revised edition; America and Its Critics: Vices and Virtues of the Democratic Hyperpower, Cambridge, Polity Press, 2008; (with Simona Piattoni, eds.), Italy in the European Union. Redefining National Interest in a Compound Polity, Lanham, Md, Rowman and Littlefield, 2007; (ed.), The United States Contested. American Unilateralism and European Dissent, London, Routledge, 2006; (ed.), Federalism and Democracy in the European Union and the United States. Exploring Post-National Governance, London, Routledge, 2005; (with V. Della Sala, eds), Italy Between Europeanization and Domestic Politics, New York, N.Y. Oxford, Berghahn, 2004.

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19 February 2016