Crisis and Innovation in the European Union: Beyond Populism and Managerialism

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UACES supported the organisation of two interdisciplinary workshops on Crisis and Innovation in the European Union: Beyond Populism and Managerialism at Warwick Law School. The British Academy and the Society of Legal Scholars provided additional financial support. The workshop on the 13 May 2016 brought together experts working on institutional corruption, financial regulation, internal market law and policy and free movement, migration and human rights, in order to address the material and ideational aspects  of ‘crises’ and the effectiveness of various responses to them. In seeking to transcend both populist and managerial discourses and responses, the workshop participants examined recent developments and the role of law in the design of institutional reforms. Michael Saward (University of Warwick), Nuno Ferreira (Sussex University) and Anastasia Tataryn (Liverpool University) presented papers on human mobility in the European Union and the humanitarian crisis while Ehalill Tauschinsky (University of Amsterdam), Jotte Mulder (EUI, Florence) and Ben Farrand (University of Warwick) explored framing narratives, societal innovation and administrative rule-making in the internal market. Barbara Nastoll (University of Warwick) chaired the internal market regulation panel while Giuliano Castellano (University of Warwick) chaired the panel on financial regulation following the global financial crisis. Exciting papers were delivered by Niamh Moloney (London School of Economics), Luca Enriques (University of Oxford) and Geneviève Helleringer (Essec Business School & University of Oxford). The final session, chaired by Ralf Rogowski, focused on anti-corruption measures. By integrating sociological perspectives, empirical political science and reflexive law, Andi Hoxhaj (University of Warwick), Dirk Tanzler (Konstanz University) and Philipp Köker (UCL) discussed corruption and anti-corruption law and policy internationally, in the European Union and in Central and Eastern Europe.

The workshop was preceded by a doctoral research colloquium which was attended by doctoral students, early career researchers and established colleagues. Following presentations on constructivism and law by Dora Kostakopoulou and on the opportunities and pitfalls of interdisciplinary research by Benjamin Farrand (University of Warwick), respectively, Signe Larson (LSE) explored the re-emergence of the notion of sovereignty in contemporary discourses drawing on Hannah Arendt and Carl Schmitt while Emma Scali (University of Nottingham) examined the link between sovereign debt and welfare rights in Europe by adopting an exciting historical approach. A critical interrogation of the objective of financial stability that accompanies EU financial supervision was presented by Andreas Georgiou (Durham University) and was followed by Danile D’Alvia’s (Birkbeck University) reflection on the soft law approach to contemporary financial markets. The papers presented were sophisticated and rigorous. The participants highlighted the relevance of interdisciplinary methodologies in examining perceptions of, and responses to, crises, and the importance of taking risks and innovating in social scientific and legal research. The papers will be published in due course.

Dora Kostakopoulou, University of Warwick

These workhshops received support from a UACES Small Events grant.