Introduction: Integration Through Crises

  • Valerie D'Erman
  • Amy Verdun
Keywords: Crisis, European Integrations, Euro Area, Brexit


The introductory paper to this Special Issue discusses the idea of crisis in relation to European integration from a historical perspective in order to contextualize four different current events in the European Union (EU) in turn – euro area crisis, migration crisis, Brexit, and the rise of populist responses to EU governance. We turn to the wider scholarly concept of ‘crisis’ and apply it to large-scale events affecting the EU, in order to relate events to broader theoretical discussions about the progression of the EU. Existing literature on the topic highlights different varieties of crisis scenarios: those that undermine the basic integrity of the undertaking; those that threaten certain domains or the activities of certain groups; and those that reflect short-term, but acute dangers that may be overcome without structural damage. This introductory contribution situates each of the four above-mentioned ‘crises’ in the context of these varieties and offers suggestions for how each crisis might influence the future direction of European integration by using illustrations from each of the articles in this special issue.

Author Biographies

Valerie D'Erman

Valerie D'Erman is a Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Victoria in the Department of Political Science. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma. Research and teaching interests include comparative political economy, European integration theory, international relations, and international trade. She has published in Politics and Governance, International Politics, and the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and has contributed to co-authored books with Ashgate Press and University of Toronto Press. Forthcoming in 2018, she is publishing an article on CETA in Journal of International Relations and Development and is co-editing a special issue of Journal of Economic Policy Reform.

Amy Verdun

Dr Amy Verdun Professor of Political Science, Lansdowne Distinguished Fellow in European Integration and Jean Monnet Chair Ad Personam at the Department of Political Science of the University of Victoria, Canada. She has written extensively on issues related to European integration, global political economy, governance, integration theory, policy-making in particular economic and monetary integration as well as comparisons and relations of the EU and the rest of the world. She has published 21 books, more than 120 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. Her articles have come out in journals such as, Acta Politica; British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Canadian Public Administration, Comparative European Politics, European Political Science, European Union Politics, German Law Journal, International Studies Quarterly, JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Integration, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of Public Policy, Politique Européenne, Regulation and Governance, Review of International Political Economy, Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research; West European Politics, and World Politics.


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