Brown Bag PhD Seminar - Francesco Nicoli

09-03-2020 van 10:00 tot 11:30
campus Mercator, building G, room G1.019, Henleykaai 84, 9000 Ghent
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Ben Suykens, Evelien De Pauw, prof. Bram Verschuere
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Dear colleagues,


We kindly invite you for a PhD-seminar on March 5th between 12-1.30pm in G1.019 (Campus Mercator G, Henleykaai 84 Gent) in which prof. Francesco Nicoli will present his ongoing work on European integration.

In particular, he will present the study "Crises, Path Dependency, and the five trilemma's of European Integration: Seventy Years of "Failing Forward" from the Common Market to the European Fiscal Union" (please find the abstract below; the paper is attached to this invitation).

In addition to learning more about the long-term economic dynamics of European integration, this work offers insight on how to reflect historically on contemporary issues in international public governance.  


For logistical reasons, we kindly ask you to confirm your presence to in order to make sure we have enough room for everyone to join.


With best regards,

Ben Suykens

Evelien De Pauw

Prof. Bram Verschuere




Does integration advance through crises? To what extent failure in responding to crises may lead to disintegration instead?  Building on Historical-Institutionalist and Neofunctionalist approaches, as well as on macroeconomics this paper provides a coherent understanding of the path-dependent, economic logic of European integration from the Common Market to today’s challenges, with a specific focus on periods of crisis.  In doing so, it links together five trilemmas of international political economy, contributing to the debate on the drivers of European integration discussing the nested logic of interdependence. In particular, the article qualifies—both in theory, and empirically— the view according to which crises are the drivers of supranational integration: the article shows that throughout the last 70 years of integration in Europe, the institutional response on one specific set of problems often resolves one given crisis, but sets the stage for the next set of problems to arise.