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European Legitimacy in Governing through Hard Times: the role of European Networks

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Project "ENLIGHTEN" data sheet

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postcode: 2000

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 Coordinator Country Denmark [DK]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙484˙111 €
 EC max contribution 2˙484˙111 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.6. (SOCIETAL CHALLENGES - Europe In A Changing World - Inclusive, Innovative And Reflective Societies)
 Code Call H2020-EURO-SOCIETY-2014
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-04-01   to  2018-03-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
4    KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM HU (BUDAPEST) participant 230˙000.00
8    FINANCE WATCH AISBL BE (BRUXELLES) participant 40˙602.00


 Project objective

ENLIGHTEN responds to the first part of the EURO-4 call on “The future of European integration - 'More Europe – less Europe?'” by bringing together an interdisciplinary ‘next generation’ research team that integrates insights from Comparative Political Economy, European Studies, International Political Economy, and Sociology. ENLIGHTEN answers the call by focusing on how European modes of governance respond to ‘fast-burning’ and ‘slow-burning’ crises. These types of crises differ in how they affect the legitimacy of European input, output, and throughput processes in established and emergent modes of governance. In fast-burning crises interests are quickly formed and ideational and resource battles ensue over how to coordinate policy ideas, what institutions should be engaged, and communicating these changes to the public. Networks in fast crises are composed of defined groups seeking to protect or carve out their interests. In slow-burning crises interests are less obvious and the key task is often how to define the issues involved and who should address the problem. Here networks are commonly composed of experts who battle over how issues should be defined, as well as the boundaries on how coordinative and communicative discourses are articulated. Both fast- and slow-burning crises must be addressed by European modes of governance, with serious implications for the legitimacy and efficiency of the European project. Both raise political, social, and economic sensitivities that are transforming democratic politics in Europe. ENLIGHTEN addresses these themes through a series of linked cases that speak directly to the legitimacy and efficiency of European modes of governance.


List of deliverables.
Contributions on Theories of Institutional change Documents, reports 2019-05-31 10:56:03
Journal-length articles on ‘The Legitimacy of Institutional Change Documents, reports 2019-05-31 10:56:04
Doctoral dissertation (UvA) Documents, reports 2019-05-31 10:55:35
Edited volume on ‘Governing Europe through Hard Times’ Documents, reports 2019-05-31 10:56:02
Working paper assessing the public service restructuringin the UK and France Documents, reports 2019-05-31 10:55:44
Contribution on legitimacy of public sector restructuring to the common volume Documents, reports 2019-05-31 10:55:44
Online Documentary Other 2019-05-31 10:56:03
Contributions on youth unemployment +demographic change to volume Documents, reports 2019-05-31 10:55:55
Series of Policy Briefs Other 2019-05-31 10:56:31
Working paper assessing the public service restructuring in Hungary and Spain Documents, reports 2019-05-31 10:55:40
Contributions on banking union and fiscal sustainability to a common volume Documents, reports 2019-05-31 10:55:45
Summer School Report Documents, reports 2019-05-31 10:55:57
Data Management Plan Other 2019-05-31 10:55:49
Research Findings’ Summaries Documents, reports 2019-05-31 10:56:02
Working paper on intra-European Union youth migration Documents, reports 2019-05-31 10:55:47
Journal-length paperon intra-European Union migration. Documents, reports 2019-05-31 10:55:43
2nd Steering Committee Meeting Reports Documents, reports 2019-05-31 10:56:04
Article on European experts and financial Documents, reports 2019-05-31 10:55:42
Article on expert networks and European financial Documents, reports 2019-05-31 10:55:55
Journal length comparative paper on intra-European Union youth migration Documents, reports 2019-05-31 10:55:45
Article comparing public service restructuring in European countries Documents, reports 2019-05-31 10:55:46
Journal-length article on European expert networks and demographic change Documents, reports 2019-05-31 10:55:55
Progress report Other 2019-05-31 10:56:02
Edited PhD-led Dictionary on ‘European Modes of Governance Documents, reports 2019-05-31 10:55:55
Doctoral dissertation, (CBS) Documents, reports 2019-05-31 10:55:45
\"Think piece on “Theories of Legitimacy..\"\"\" Documents, reports 2019-05-30 18:55:16
1st Steering Committee Meeting Report Other 2019-05-30 18:55:18
Working papers on “Theories of Legitimacy and Institutional Change Documents, reports 2019-05-30 18:55:15
Project Website Other 2019-05-30 18:55:13
\"Working papers on “Institutional Change-­ Rule of Law\"\"\" Documents, reports 2019-05-30 18:55:24
Think Piece on and the state of the Open Method of Coordination in Employment Policy. Documents, reports 2019-05-30 18:55:13
Ethics audit Documents, reports 2019-05-30 18:55:15
Working papers on “Institutional Change -­‐modes of governance Documents, reports 2019-05-30 18:55:15
Think piece on analysing public service restructuring in the EU Documents, reports 2019-05-30 18:55:11
\"Think piece on “Challenges to Europe’s financial sustainability\"\"\" Documents, reports 2019-05-30 18:55:21
Article on European regulators and global tax policy Documents, reports 2019-05-30 18:55:10
Set of Research Briefs Detailing ENLIGHTEN’s Research Agenda Documents, reports 2019-05-30 18:55:18

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of ENLIGHTEN deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Bohle, Dorothee
Mortgaging Europe\'s Periphery
published pages: , ISSN: 0039-3606, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1254780
Studies in International and Comparative Development 2019-06-07
2017 Hasselbalch, Jacob A.
The European Politics of Brain Drain: A Fast or Slow-Burning Crisis?
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1254839
Center for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation Working Paper Series 1 2019-06-07
2017 Crespy, Amandine; Szabo, Imre
Legitimating Health Care Reforms across the EU: Government Narratives of Health Restructuring in England, France, Hungary and Ireland
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1254838
ENLIGHTEN Working Paper 2019-06-07
2017 Carstensen, Martin B.; Schmidt, Vivien
Power and changing modes of governance in the euro crisis
published pages: , ISSN: 0952-1895, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1254802
Governance 2019-06-07
2017 Andrew Baker, Duncan Wigan
Constructing and contesting City of London power: NGOs and the emergence of noisier financial politics
published pages: 185-210, ISSN: 0308-5147, DOI: 10.1080/03085147.2017.1359909
Economy and Society 46/2 2019-06-07
2016 Seabrooke, Leonard; Riisbjerg Thomsen, Rune
Making sense of austerity: Everyday narratives in Denmark and the United Kingdom
published pages: , ISSN: 0263-3957, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1254821
Politics 36/3 2019-06-07
2018 Coman, Ramona
How have EU \'fire-fighters\' sought to douse the flames of the eurozone\'s fast- and slow-burning crises? The 2013 structural funds reform
published pages: , ISSN: 1369-1481, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1254812
British Journal of Politics and International Relations 2019-06-07
2018 Coman, Ramona
Why and how do think tanks expand their networks in times of crisis? The case of Bruegel and the Centre for European Policy Studies
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2101, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1254810
Journal of European Public Policy 2019-06-07
2017 Stellinga, Bart; Mügge, Daniel
The regulator\'s conundrum. How market reflexivity limits fundamental financial reform
published pages: , ISSN: 0969-2290, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1254827
Review of International Political Economy 24/3 2019-06-07
2017 Bohle, Dorothee; Seabrooke, Leonard
From housing as asset to housing as patrimony: policy ideas and the re-emergence of the housing question
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1254463
ENLIGHTEN Working Paper 1 2019-06-07
2016 Béland, Daniel; Carstensen, Martin B.; Seabrooke, Leonard
Ideas, Political Power and Public Policy
published pages: , ISSN: 1350-1763, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1254784
Journal of European Public Policy 2019-06-07
2018 Seabrooke, Leonard; Tsingou, Eleni
Europe\'s fast- and slow-burning crises
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2101, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1254816
Journal of European Public Policy 2019-06-07
2018 Szabo, Imre
Trade unions and the sovereign power of the state. A comparative analysis of employer offensives in the Danish and Irish public sectors
published pages: , ISSN: 1024-2589, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1254835
Transfer 24/2 2019-06-07
2015 Leonard Seabrooke, Duncan Wigan
Powering ideas through expertise: professionals in global tax battles
published pages: 357-374, ISSN: 1350-1763, DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2015.1115536
Journal of European Public Policy 23/3 2019-06-07
2016 Cornel Ban, Leonard Seabrooke, Sarah Freitas
Grey matter in shadow banking: international organizations and expert strategies in global financial governance
published pages: 1001-1033, ISSN: 0969-2290, DOI: 10.1080/09692290.2016.1235599
Review of International Political Economy 23/6 2019-06-07
2016 John Christensen, Nick Shaxson, Duncan Wigan
The Finance Curse: Britain and the World Economy
published pages: 255-269, ISSN: 1369-1481, DOI: 10.1177/1369148115612793
The British Journal of Politics and International Relations 18/1 2019-06-07
2015 Martin B. Carstensen, Vivien A. Schmidt
Power through, over and in ideas: conceptualizing ideational power in discursive institutionalism
published pages: 318-337, ISSN: 1350-1763, DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2015.1115534
Journal of European Public Policy 23/3 2019-06-07

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