190423 - European Integration and the Nation-State: an Intractable Political Trade Off?

23 Avril, 2019 - 12:30 - 14:30

Podcast of the seminar session 

CEE's General Seminar

Organized by Sciences Po, Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE) & Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP) (Labex ANR-11-LABX-0091, ANR-11-IDEX-0005-02)

Tuesday 23 April 2019, 12.30 – 2.30 pm, Sciences Po, Rom Goguel, 27 rue Saint-Guillaume, 75007 Paris 

According to an established scholarly tradition on state-formation in Europe, the establishment and consolidation of the EU constitute a turning point in the long-term evolution of the European state system. The previous phases (state-building, nation-building, democratization and welfare-building) witnessed a continuous expansion of state powers and citizenship rights. The current phase has triggered off a reversal of this process, removing an increasing number of boundaries that nation states had built to protect their sovereignty and governing capacity. According to a well-known prediction of the Norwegian scholar Stein Rokkan – one of the founding fathers of the state-building tradition in sociology and political science - European integration was unlikely to develop beyond administrative and executive cooperation. This hypotheses has proved descriptively wrong. But it theoretical implications have been vindicated: Integration has seriously de-stabilized national systems – in particular their party and welfare systems. A growing tension has ensued, which risks to undermine the conditions not only for further integration, but possibly also for the very viability and durability of the EU as such. Are there ways for coping with this seemingly intractable and potentially destructive trade off?

Speaker: Maurizio Ferrera, Full Professor of Political Science, Faculty of Political, Economic and Social Sciences of the University of Milano & visiting at Sciences Po, LIEPP

The research of Prof. Ferrera has mainly focused on comparative politics and public policy, the welfare state and European integration. He has taken part over the years to many Commissions and Working Groups set up by the Italian Government, the European Union, OECD and ILO. He was member of the Onofri Commission for the Study of Italy’s social expenditure (1997), of the Inquiry Commission on Poverty and Social Exclusion (1998-2001), of the High Level Group on the Modernization of Social Protection (1996-97) and the High Level Group on Social Investment Policies (2011-14) set up by the European Commission. He currently serves as President of the Network for the Advancement of Social and Political Studies (NASP) among Lombardy’s and Piedmont’s Universities and am a member of the Board of Directors of the Centro di Ricerca e Documentazione Luigi Einaudi of Turin. Since 2004 he has been a regular editorialist of the “Corriere della Sera”. Over the last five years, he has mainly worked on my ERC project REScEU, Reconciling Economic and Social Europe: the role of ideas, values and politics (Advanced Grant 340534)

Discussion: Andreas Eisl, Sciences Po, CEE & MaxPo and Colin Hay, Sciences Po, CEE

Contact: katia.rio@sciencespo.fr

Compulsory registration - For the external people to Sciences Po: You will have to arrive 10 minutes before the beginning of the seminar and to provide you with your identity papers)


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