Introduction: the politicisation of permanent crisis in Europe

B. Voltolini*, M. Natorski, C. Hay

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Abstract

Taking stock of the numerous crises that have confronted Europe in the last decade, this special issue investigates the relationship between crisis and the politicisation of the process of European integration. It draws attention in so doing to the epistemic construction of crises. In this conceptual overview, we discuss first, how crises are framed and reframed in relation to the constitutive elements of a political community. Second, we explore the extent to which, and how, the emergence of different understandings of crisis and the ensuing frame competition between them contribute to such politicisation. By elucidating the link between the politics of a now seemingly permanent crisis in Europe and the politicisation of European integration, this introduction sets the framework informing all of the articles in this special issue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-624
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of European Integration
Volume42
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • crises
  • european integration
  • foreign-policy
  • framing
  • framing processes
  • integration
  • perspective
  • politicisation
  • politics
  • state
  • times
  • FRAMING PROCESSES
  • TIMES
  • PERSPECTIVE
  • POLITICS
  • STATE
  • Crises
  • FOREIGN-POLICY
  • INTEGRATION
  • European integration

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