Postfunctionalism reversed: Solidarity and rebordering during the Corona-crisis • Philipp Genschel

4th November 2020 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia & Zoom
Via Giovanni Boccaccio
121, 50133 Firenze FI
Sarah Bernstein

A Research Seminar organised in the framework of the European Governance & Politics Programme Seminar Series.

Abstract: Postfunctionalism posits a tradeoff between the functional scale of governance and the territorial scope of community: functional scale is large and transnational for efficiency reasons; community is small-scale and (sub-)national for reasons of social trust and collective identification. The Corona-crisis has turned this tradeoff upside down: it has shrunk functional scale to the (sub-)national level in the name of security, while lifting expectations of community to the grand transnational scale in the name of solidarity. This reversal of scales has resulted in a rapid rebordering of the Single Market and the Schengen area on the one hand, and a significant debordering of fiscal risk and burden sharing on the other hand. We reconstruct the evolution of this double-movement from January to August 2020, contrast it to historical trends in the scale-community tradeoff of European integration, and discuss implications for the postfunctionalist paradigm.

Speaker: Prof. Philipp Genschel

Chair: Prof. Daniele Caramani 

There are limited spots available to attend this event in person in Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia (max 12 persons). Upon registration, you will be asked if you wish to attend in person or via Zoom; in the latter case, you will receive an email with the meeting ID and password shortly before the event. In case of in-person participation, seats in the room will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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