The European Union seems to have rescued its single currency, but it has not yet put an end to the crisis. In this major new book, a group of fifteen international philosophers, economists, political scientists, sociologists, and legal experts compare the economic, political, constitutional, social, and cultural interpretations of the European crisis. They describe the challenges the EU faces in relation to legitimacy and democracy and address head-on the uncertainty over the future of Europe. The book considers different possible scenarios-from the Union's dissolution, with or without the continuation of the integration process, to its reinforcement through the building of a political union addressing the challenges of legitimacy, democracy and justice. Such a strengthened union could mark a new stage for democracy-not the democracy of ancient cities and modern states, but one convenient to the complex entities, neither national nor supra-national, of which the European Union, despite the crisis, is still the best modern example.
Contributors Preface Introduction Part I: The Dimensions of the European Crisis 1. The Euro Crisis and its Constitutional Implications, Sergio Fabbrini 2. The Transformation of Macroeconomic and Fiscal Governance in the EU, Carlos Closa 3. The Current European Crises: The End of Pluralism? Joxerramon Bengoetxea Part II: Legitimacy and Democracy I: Constitutional Foundations 4. Is There a Guardian of Constitutionalism in the European Union? Christian Joerges 5. Carl Schmitt and the De-Constitution of Europe, Michael Marder 6. A Hidden Asset in Times of Crisis: The EU's Unbound Constitutional Quality, Antje Wiener Part III: Legitimacy and Democracy II: Political Legitimacy 7. Europe's Nemesis: European Integration and Contradictions of Capitalism and Democracy, Gerard Delanty 8. Double Trust: Creditor's and People's Confidence in the Euro Crisis, Jenny Preunkert 9. What Must Be Democratized? The European Union as a Complex Democracy, Daniel Innerarity 10. Populist Movements and the European Union, Serge Champeau Part IV: The Future of Europe: Building Integration, Justice and Solidarity 11. Legitimacy in a Neo-Medieval (Post-Crisis) Europe, Jan Zielonka 12. The Euro Crisis and Institutional Reform in the EU, Miguel Poiares Maduro 13. About the Democratic Governance of the Euro: How the Crisis is Changing Europe, Josep Borell 14. The Eurozone Crisis in Light of the EU's Normativity, Erik O. Eriksen 15. Beyond the Markets: Citizen Participation and Social Progress for a More Popular and Inclusive Europe Index