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Better Union: Institutional Design for Improving EU Governance

European Union
Institutions
Integration
P004
Markus Jachtenfuchs
Hertie School
Magnus G. Schoeller
University of Vienna

Building: 27SG, Floor: First, Room: 12

Thursday 14:15 - 16:00 (14/06/2018)


Abstract

The Union seems stuck in a half-way house: dis-integration seems unlikely and unwanted; at the same time, few ideas exist for how to move integration ‘forward’ on a sustainable and legitimate basis. This is true even in the case of market integration where the strong legal and political support for the ‘four freedoms’ seems to conflict with domestic welfare systems and labour markets. The core of the problem seems to be that supranational solutions meet increasing resistance but solutions which avoid strengthening the Community method are neither effective nor legitimate, and the way back to national sovereignty might entail enormous economic and political costs. We understand increasingly what is wrong with the EU and why, but there are few ideas about how an accountable, effective and legitimate European Union could look. Finding an appropriate balance between sustainable integration and what Fritz Scharpf once termed ‘legitimate diversity’ between Member States, seems a particularly challenging task. The premise of this panel is that academic research is an important component of breaking the impasse. In this sense, the difficulties of the inter-governmental Union are not only structural, but ideational: they reflect an unrealized potential to explore constitutional and political alternatives to current patterns of integration. The panel groups together papers looking for creative answers to the common dilemma of multilevel systems: how to balance uniform rules and strong central powers with member state autonomy and decentral solutions in an accountable, legitimate and effective way.

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