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The End of the Eurocrats' Dream
Adjusting to European Diversity

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Damian Chalmers, Markus Jachtenfuchs, Christian Joerges, Fritz W. Scharpf, Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Max Watson, Agustín José Menéndez, Catherine Colliot-Thélène, Pieter de Wilde, Phillip Genschel, Mark Bovens, Dieter Curtin, Giandomenico Majone, Dieter Grimm
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  • Date Published: May 2016
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  • This volume argues that the crisis of the European Union is not merely a fiscal crisis but reveals and amplifies deeper flaws in the structure of the EU itself. It is a multidimensional crisis of the economic, legal and political cornerstones of European integration and marks the end of the technocratic mode of integration which has been dominant since the 1950s. The EU has a weak political and administrative centre, relies excessively on governance by law, is challenged by increasing heterogeneity and displays increasingly interlocked levels of government. During the crisis, it has become more and more asymmetrical and has intervened massively in domestic economic and legal systems. A team of economists, lawyers, philosophers and political scientists analyse these deeper dimensions of the European crisis from a broader theoretical perspective with a view towards contributing to a better understanding and shaping the trajectory of the EU.

    • The interdisciplinary approach stimulates debate between disciplines that deal with the same topic from different perspectives
    • Provides a broad conceptual perspective as opposed to detailed reports and short-term crisis treatments
    • Focuses on the deeper causes of the European crisis, allowing the reader to see the crisis in a broad theoretical perspective
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The volume is certainly meant as a wake up call - most contributors agree that at present the EU risks sleep walking to disaster … Cue for a follow-up volume I think, a process to which the commentaries, expertly edited by Julia Slupska, Research Assistant at the LSE, mark a welcome first step.' Richard Bellamy, Verfassungsblog (

    'As stated in its preface, this impressive collection of essays has the ambitious aim of launching a 'fundamental debate' about European integration in the wake of the crisis and, in particular, the institutional reforms and policy choices made since 2008.' Maurizio Ferrera, Verfassungsblog (

    'One of the most remarkable insights of this book is to put the debate about the future of Europe in a frame of historical contingence. The Europe that could be different is, for the same reasons, the one that is not condemned to success, as the crisis has revealed to us, after decades of calm necessity.' Daniel Innerarity, Verfassungsblog (

    'The End of the Eurocrats’ Dream provides a very persuasive diagnosis of the structural problems the EU encounters and provides pragmatic proposals for countering them …' Poul Fritz Kjaer, Verfassungsblog (

    'The subtitle of this book, Adjusting to European Diversity, could be the slogan of a new endeavour, not to destroy the EU, but to revitalise is. Christian Joerges (Eurocrats … 299 et seq.) has given a very convincing overview of different paradigms of government and governance in the EU … We have to think 'outside of the box!' And this is what the authors of the The End of the Eurocrat’s Dream have done well.' Karl-Heinz Ladeur, Verfassungsblog (

    'The End of the Eurocrats’ Dream is … a wake-up call warning fellow academics, European politicians and the general public that what used to be presented by many advocates and agents of European integration as a wonderful dream is now often experienced as a nightmare with potentially disastrous effects for European and national politics in all countries of the EU.' Jiøí Pøibáò, Verfassungsblog (

    'This edited volume is a powerful attempt at addressing the challenges (of European integration). It brings together contributions from a wide range of renown academics from across Europe (if not beyond) and various disciplines from law to philosophy, with a stopover in political science. The authors examine several dimensions of European integration placed under strain in recent years, ranging from the monetary union, fiscal policy to concerns for citizenship.' Elise Muir, Verfassungsblog (

    'While EU scholarship still tends to narrate the Union’s history as one of successful adaptation, and the ‘euro crisis’ as something like a rite of passage, here is a book in a different mould … The volume makes for powerful critical reading. While studies of the failings of Eurozone design and their institutional consequences are now abundant, the editors have a larger ambition: to show the effects of crisis on the ideas and ideals commonly vested in the EU.' Jonathan White, Verfassungsblog (

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2016
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316598948
    • contains: 10 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    1. The retransformation of Europe Damian Chalmers, Markus Jachtenfuchs and Christian Joerges
    2. The costs of non-disintegration: the case of the European Monetary Union Fritz W. Scharpf
    3. Sharing the Eurocrat's dream: a democratic approach to EMU governance in the post-crisis era Kalypso Nicolaïdis and Max Watson
    4. Neumark vindicated: the three patterns of Europeanisation of national tax systems and the future of the Social and Democratic Rechtsstaat Agustín José Menéndez
    5. What Europe does to citizenship Catherine Colliot-Thélène
    6. Silencing the Eurocrats in public crisis politics Pieter de Wilde
    7. Conflict-minimizing integration: how the EU achieves massive integration despite massive protest Phillip Genschel and Markus Jachtenfuchs
    8. An unholy trinity of EU presidents? The political accountability of post-crisis EU executive power Mark Bovens and Deidre Curtin
    9. The limits of collective action and collective leadership Giandomenico Majone
    10. Europe's legitimacy problem and the courts Dieter Grimm
    11. Crisis reconfiguration of the European constitutional state Damian Chalmers
    12. Integration through law and the crisis of law in Europe's emergency Christian Joerges.

  • Editors

    Damian Chalmers, London School of Economics and Political Science
    Damian Chalmers is Professor of European Union Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

    Markus Jachtenfuchs, Hertie School of Governance
    Markus Jachtenfuchs is Professor of European and Global Governance at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin.

    Christian Joerges, Hertie School of Governance
    Christian Joerges is Senior Professor of Law and Society at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, and Co-Director of the Centre of European Law and Politics at Universität Bremen.


    Damian Chalmers, Markus Jachtenfuchs, Christian Joerges, Fritz W. Scharpf, Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Max Watson, Agustín José Menéndez, Catherine Colliot-Thélène, Pieter de Wilde, Phillip Genschel, Mark Bovens, Dieter Curtin, Giandomenico Majone, Dieter Grimm

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