The End of the Eurocrats' Dream: Adjusting to European Diversity

New book by Hertie School professors Markus Jachtenfuchs and Christian Joerges explores EU crisis and structural flaws.

Edited by Hertie School professors Christian Joerges and Markus Jachtenfuchs and Damian Chalmers of the London School of Economics, a new research volume explores how the recent European Union crisis has exposed structural flaws in the EU.

The End of the Eurocrats' Dream: Adjusting to European Diversity was published in March 2016 by Cambridge University Press. The book examines how the recent crisis has revealed and amplied inherent flaws in the European Union, marking the end of the technocratic mode of integration, dominant since the 1950s. A team of economists, lawyers, philosophers and political scientists argue that the crisis is not just fiscal, but rather multi-dimensional, involving economic, legal, and political aspects of integration.

The book’s broad theoretical perspective aims to help shape the future trajectory of the EU by elucidating its underlying structures. According to the authors, the EU has a weak political and administrative centre, relies excessively on governance by law, is challenged by increasing heterogeneity and its levels of government are increasingly interlocked. The crisis has revealed a growing asymmetry and considerable intervention in domestic economic and legal systems.

The Hertie School hosted a book launch on Monday, 30 May with a presentation by co-editors Markus Jachtenfuchs (Professor of European & Global Governance, Hertie School) and Christian Joerges (Professor of Law and Society, Hertie School). Matthias Ruffert (Professor for Public Law and European Law, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin) and Tanja Börzel (Jean Monnet Chair, Director of the Center for European Integration and the Center of Excellence “The EU and its Citizens”, Freie Universität, Berlin) will comment on the book.

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Table of Contents

  • The retransformation of Europe D. Chalmers, M. Jachtenfuchs and C. Joerges
  • The costs of non-disintegration: the case of the European Monetary Union F. Scharpf
  • Sharing the Eurocrat's dream: a democratic approach to EMU governance in the post-crisis era K. Nicolaïdis and M. Watson
  • Neumark vindicated: the three patterns of Europeanisation of national tax systems and the future of the Social and Democratic Rechtsstaat A. Menéndez
  • What Europe does to citizenship C. Colliot-Thélène
  • Silencing the Eurocrats in public crisis politics P. de Wilde
  • Conflict-minimizing integration: how the EU achieves massive integration despite massive protest P. Genschel and M. Jachtenfuchs
  • An unholy trinity of EU presidents? The political accountability of post-crisis EU executive power M. Bovens and D. Curtin
  • The limits of collective action and collective leadership G. Majone
  • Europe's legitimacy problem and the courts D. Grimm
  • Crisis reconfiguration of the European constitutional state D. Chalmers
  • Integration through law and the crisis of law in Europe's emergency C. Joerges.

More about the authors

  • Christian Joerges , Professor Emeritus of Law and Society at the Hertie School
  • Markus Jachtenfuchs , Professor of European and Global Governance | Director, Jacques Delors Centre