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The Limits of EUropean Legitimacy: On Populism and Technocracy

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12 January 2023

11:00 - 12:30 CET



This roundtable will engage the EUI community on a range of issues that have informed the UACES research network ‘Limits of Europe’. As the network has recently concluded its activities, the event will also serve as a final conference to conclude a series of discussions.

The event will introduce the special issue of the Journal of Contemporary European Research (JCER), curated by the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES). It provides an interdisciplinary approach to questions of the EU's legitimacy in the aftermath of structural crises such as the eurozone, sovereign debt, and the election and appointment of governing agents on the one hand, and spontaneous crises relating to migration, external state, and non-state security challenges, Brexit and Euroscepticism on the other. 

The contributors argue that the relationship between populism and technocracy is rapidly evolving from an imagined binary into a much more fluid, overlapping, and reversible set of political narratives. Despite the changing nature of populist-technocratic debates and the resilience and adaptability of the EU, it faces accelerating challenges to its legitimacy in the new era of 'politics of necessity.'

The publication features the introduction written by network conveners, 13 articles, and a book review. It is part of the UACES research network 'Limits of EUrope', which has recently concluded its activities, and is guest-edited by Russell Foster (King's College London, UK), Jan Grzymski (University of Warsaw, Poland), Monika Brusenbauch-Meislova and Masaryk University (Brno, Czechia).

The editors and selected authors of the special issue articles will present their findings. Following that the papers will open to discussion.

The EUI community, including the master's students, Max Weber Fellows and Policy Leaders Fellows, are warmly invited to attend online. Please register.

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