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Another European Rescue of the Nation-State? COVID-19 and European Integration

Lecture by Scott Greer, University of Michigan

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25 May 2021

16:00 - 17:00 CEST




This lecture is part of the MWP Multidisciplinary Research Workshop: "Turning the Tide: Contemporary Challenges to Health and Healthcare in Europe and Beyond".

The workshop is organised by Max Weber Fellows: Tamara Popic, Alexandru Moise, Mirjam Reutter, Katarzyna Doniec, Takuya Onoda, Aline Bertolin.

Abstract of the lecture:

The European Union is one of the few political systems to be unequivocally changed by the COVID-19 crisis. By the end of 2020, member states had taken adopted key policies to strengthen its role in health care and public health, reinforced its role in controlling trade between member states, and in fact expanded its supportive and redistributive role in the overall fiscal policy of its member states. This article analyzes the EU's pandemic response from the perspective of comparative federalism. We argue that the EU in COVID-19 faced the same pressures as other federations in history, and responded in the same way as the successful federations: with greater assumption of collective risk. Before the pandemic, the risk to the EU was that its liberal political and economic framework would become brittle in the face of economic divergence and democratic backsliding. A brief period of disintegrative behavior in spring 2020, however, showed member state governments the impossibility of going it alone in emergency response. Workforces, populations, supply chains and member state budgets were too closely bound together, and so member states opted for joint action. It was the only way they saw to rescue the nation-state.

Abstract of the workshop:

Health and healthcare issues have never been as salient as in the context of the present COVID-19 pandemics. This lecture series addresses the following questions: What are the main challenges facing population health and healthcare policies in the context of the present pandemic in Europe and beyond? How have countries dealt with these challenges? And what are the future prospects of health and healthcare in this pandemic-ridden world?

The aim of this lecture series is to explore these questions from diverse disciplinary perspectives. The lectures will cover topics of health inequalities, vaccinations, mental health, EU's health future and healthy ageing.

The event is organized as a series of lectures with renowned speakers who have worked on the topic of health and healthcare from different angles, with the Max Weber Fellows acting as moderators.


The Zoom Link will be sent only upon registration.

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