Europe’s Crises
Europe’s Crises

Today the European Union is facing a crisis as serious as anything it has experienced since its origins more than half a century ago. What makes this so serious is that it is not a single crisis but rather multiple crises – the euro crisis, the migration/refugee crisis, Brexit, etc. – that overlap and reinforce one another, creating a cumulative array of challenges that threatens the very survival of the EU. For the first time in its history, there is a real risk that the EU could break up.

This volume brings together sociologists, economists and political scientists from around Europe to shed light on how the EU got into this predicament. It argues that the multiple crises that have plagued the European Union in the last decade stem to a large extent from flaws in its construction and that these flaws are consequences of the political processes that led to the formation of the EU – in other words, the decisions that made possible the development of the EU created the conditions for the multiple crises it experiences today. This argument is developed through detailed analyses of, among other things, the crisis in the eurozone, the impact of austerity on vulnerable populations, the weakness of European identity, the migration/refugee crisis, the decline of trust in EU institutions, the growing appeal of extreme right and Eurosceptic parties, and the factors that led to the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

This timely and wide-ranging book on one of the most important issues of our time will be of great interest to students and scholars in the social sciences, to politicians and policy-makers and to anyone concerned with Europe and its future.

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  • November 2017
  • 448 pages
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Table of Contents

Introduction


Part I: Economic Crises

Chapter 1: The End of European Integration as We Knew It: A Political Economy Analysis

Olivier Bouin

Chapter 2: Making Sense of the Greek Crisis, 2010-2016

Manos Matsaganis

Chapter 3: The Consequences of Crisis on the European Banking System

Emilio Ontiveros

Chapter 4: The Financial Crisis and the Restructuring of the Italian Banking System

Sviatlana Hlebik

Chapter 5: European Science and Technology in a Time of Crisis: ERC, EIT and Beyond

João Caraça et al.


Part II: Social Crises

Chapter 6: Austerity and Health: The Impact of the Crisis in the UK and Rest of Europe

David Stuckler et al.

Chapter 7: Suffering: The Human and Social Costs of Economic Crisis

John B. Thompson et al.

Chapter 8: Achilles’ Heel: Europe’s Ambivalent Identity

Manuel Castells

Chapter 9: Europe Facing Evil: Xenophobia, Racism, anti-Semitism and Terrorism

Michel Wieviorka

Chapter 10: Europe and Refugees: Tragedy Bordering on Farce

Paul Collier


Part III: Political Crises

Chapter 11: The Crisis of Legitimacy of European Institutions

Sara B. Hobolt

Chapter 12: Narratives of Responsibility: German Politics in the Greek Debt Crisis

Claus Offe

Chapter 13: The Double Crisis of European Social Democracy

Colin Crouch

Chapter 14: The Rise of the Radical Right

Michel Wieviorka

Chapter 15: From Crisis to Social Movement to Political Change: Podemos in Spain

Manuel Castells

Chapter 16: Italy: Autumn of the Second Republic

Pierfranco Pelizzetti

Chapter 17: Brexit: The Causes and Consequences of the UK’s Decision to Leave the EU

Geoffrey Evans et al.

Chapter 18: Social Movements, Participation and Crisis in Europe

Gustavo Cardoso et al.


Conclusion

About the Author
Manuel Castells is University Professor and the Wallis Annenberg Chair of Communication Technology and Society at the University of Southern California
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