This book examines the relevance of integration theories for studying and analsing the crisis situations faced by the EU since 2009.

Ten years on from the start of the ‘age of crisis’, it critically analyses the impact of the multiple crises’ context on the EU polity and questions the utility of integration theories for grasping the peculiarities of the particular crisis under study. Bringing together prominent scholars in EU studies, the volume constitutes an essential reference book on integration theories. Its contribution is twofold. First, it provides a comparative overview of classical integration theories for studying and analysing current crisis situations the EU faces. Second, the book connects theories to current debates through an in-depth discussion of recent crises that hit European integration since 2009, with a particular focus on the financial crisis, Brexit, refugee crisis, illiberal tendencies in some member states, and the Coronavirus pandemic.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of European integration, European Union politics, political theory, and, more broadly, to European studies.

chapter 1|20 pages


European integration (theories) in crisis?
ByNathalie Brack, Seda Gürkan

chapter 2|21 pages

Legitimacy Crisis in the European Union

ByChristopher Lord

chapter 3|21 pages

Sovereignty Conflicts in the European Union

ByNathalie Brack, Ramona Coman, Amandine Crespy

chapter 4|18 pages

Cleavage Politics and European Integration

BySwen Hutter, Ines Schäfer

chapter 5|21 pages

The New Intergovernmentalism and the Euro Crisis

A painful case?
ByDermot Hodson

chapter 6|17 pages

Neofunctionalism in the Decade of Crises

ByZoe Lefkofridi, Philippe C. Schmitter

chapter 7|19 pages

Between Neo-Functionalist Optimism and Post-Functionalist Pessimism

Integrating politicisation into integration theory
ByChristian Rauh

chapter 8|21 pages

Sociological Approaches to the Crisis

BySabine Saurugger

chapter 9|24 pages

European Communion and Planetary Organic Crisis

ByIan Manners

chapter 10|21 pages

The Limits of the Europeanization Research Agenda

Decoding the reverse process in and around the EU
BySeda Gürkan, Luca Tomini

chapter 11|22 pages

Asean and the EU in Times of Crises

Critical junctures from the perspective of comparative regionalism
ByUwe Wunderlich, Stefan Gänzle

chapter 12|20 pages

Differentiation as a Response to Crises?

ByBenjamin Leruth

chapter 13|16 pages

Understanding and Explaining the European Union in a Crisis Context

Concluding reflections
BySeda Gürkan, Nathalie Brack