ISA-FLASCO Conference (Buenos Aires)

I co-organised a workshop with the theme ‘Post-Financial Crisis EU Governance – Its Inevitable Decline and Prospects For its Survival’ under the auspices of the ISA-FLASCO joint conference that took place in Buenos Aires on 23-25 July 2014. Alongside my paper related to the Marie Curie project, Gaye Güngör and Belen Olmos Giupponi presented papers related to the workshop’s theme. The abstract of this workshop was as follows:

Abstract: Before 2008 the European Union (EU) appeared a uniquely powerful regional integration: its internal market created wealth for citizens and businesses; its supranational legal order protected fundamental rights; it spread its principles to its periphery through enlargement and conditionality. The situation appears fundamentally different today: the economic crisis exposed the evermore-prevalent disagreements between the Member States with regard to EU’s future; ad hoc measures, notably bail-out treaties, failed to address the results of the crisis effectively; the EU has never been more unpopular in the eyes of its citizens. This panel takes a retrospective and prospective look at post-financial crisis EU governance. This is an interdisciplinary panel bringing together views from the disciplines of law, political science and international relations. The papers address diverse issues, including the state of exception as a new paradigm in EU governance, competitiveness as an unconvincing EU objective, the Argentinian experience as a source of policy lessons, and the role of citizens in competition policy reform. The troubling relationship between the EU and its citizens provide the main theme for all four papers. The papers offer general conclusions in economic governance applicable also to other regional integrations that face the financial crisis.