TransCrisis lessons: Summary of key research findings and policy recommendations

Martin Lodge
2018 Zenodo  
The financial crisis is widely said to have exposed shortcomings in the EU's capacities to address transboundary threats. National and EU regulatory regimes were left exposed, member states engaged in ill-coordinated actions, and the eventual responses raised questions about the redistributional consequences of European integration. Subsequently, the refugee crisis also highlighted shortcomings in transboundary crisis management, especially as member state positions diverged radically and
more » ... radically and solidarity was in short supply. One traditional part of the EU's raison d'être has been the coordination of member states in the face of cross-boundary challenges (see Boin and Lodge 2015: 19). It might even be said that crises and the perception of member state 'boundary loss' have been central drivers in encouraging the growing importance of European governance. However, since the financial crisis, there are growing questions whether the EU is well-equipped to deal with the kind of major societal challenges that transboundary crises represent. Indeed, the EU has been criticised for being the source of rather than the solution to transboundary crises. TransCrisis research was motivated by the interest in exploring the presence and limits of transboundary crisis capacities across EU institutions and across EU-member state relations. TransCrisis research occurred at a time of growing perception of vulnerability and uncertainty, whether it was due to global crises (the financial and refugee crises), geopolitical changes or an increasing perception that the traditional tools of managing crises had become themselves potential sources of crisis. This 'new normal' has also been characterised by a distinct political context, namely one of renationalised electoral politics, highly dispersed administrative systems and tensions between addressing short- and long-term policy goals. In particular, TransCrisis research was guided by one overarching question:< [...]
doi:10.5281/zenodo.2628417 fatcat:jy43hnegynehdakfm7y33smouu