Citizenship, Sovereignty and Governance

Political integration in the European Union has often lagged behind economic integration. As a result, governance in the EU sometimes raises difficult questions that strike at the heart of citizenship and sovereignty.  How do we govern a market efficiently and effectively while being capable of handling difficult political questions about its redistributive effects in a democratically sound way? How is integration changing the meaning of citizenship and state sovereignty?

This EUCE theme will explore questions such as:

  • How is meaningful European Union citizenship created and does this undermine national citizenship?
  • How has economic and political integration affected state sovereignty and the power of citizens in the state? How has it led to democratic deficits? How does economic crisis exacerbate this?  
  • What comparisons can we draw between European Union economic governance and fiscal federalism?

Theme Leaders: Drs. Lori Thorlakson and George Pavlich