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"The Disunited States of Europe, A Perspective From the Peripheries"

"The Disunited States of Europe, A Perspective From the Peripheries"

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium (Room N101), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
General Public 

The Department of Sociology welcomes Laszlo Bruszt (CEU) with his lecture, "The Disunited States of Europe – A Perspective From the Peripheries" 

The talk suggests a common analytical framework for the study of the geographically distinct crises of the European Union (EU). Students of the problems of monetary integration (EMU) mainly focus on the North-South divide between debtors and creditors; those researching the illiberal regimes in the Eastern member states focus on the pitfalls of dependent capitalist development, while specialists of Brexit reflect on the factors of the growth of Euroscepticism.

The talk combines an international political economy and a comparative federalism approach to argue that these crises are all connected to the weaknesses of the governance of economic integration among economies at widely different levels of development. The integrated market works to the degree that all member states have both the capacity and the incentive to play by a growing number of common rules. Political economists, focusing on the monetary crisis, have already shown key weaknesses of market governance in the EU. The decision-making structure of the EU restricts the room for market correcting policies while it helps the making of policies that discipline the weaker economies. From the perspective of comparative federalism, these are problems of a confederal polity that maximizes the incentives in the stronger economies to externalize the costs of integration while not allowing them to prevent the overflow of the economic and social problems from the periphery to the core.  By contrasting the EU's integration strategy in its Southern and Eastern peripheries, one can suggest ways of upgrading the economic governance in the (con)federal market. Comparative federalism, on the other hand, can offer tools to better understand the opportunities and constraints of political reform in the EU. 

Laszlo Bruszt is a Professor of Sociology at the Central European University, Budapest, recently the holder of the Istvan Deák visiting professorship at Columbia University. Between 2004 and 2016 he was teaching at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. His more recent studies deal with the politics of economic integration of the Eastern and Southern peripheries of Europe. His recent publications include “Making states for the single market: European integration and the reshaping of economic states in the Southern and Eastern peripheries of Europe” West European Politics; “Varieties of Dis-embedded Liberalism - EU Integration Strategies in the Eastern Peripheries of Europe” in Journal of European Public Policy” and Leveling the Playing Field – Transnational Regulatory Integration and Development” (Oxford University Press, co-edited with McDermott, G.). He co-edited a special issue “Manufacturing development - How transnational market integration shapes opportunities and developmental capacities in Europe's three peripheries” forthcoming at the Review of International Political Economy.

Presented by the Department of Sociology at the The New School of Social Research

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