This introduction presents the theoretical framework, aims, and summary of this special issue. We want to explain the European Union’s (EU) response to the COVID crisis from a ‘polity perspective’ (Kriesi 2021; Ferrera 2005). We conceptualize the EU as a compound ‘experimental’ polity which develops along three dimensions: binding (capacity building and sovereignty), bounding (bordering), and bonding (solidarity and loyalty). We structure the contributions around the following themes: polity building and polity maintenance (how did COVID affect policymaking in the EU?); reactions to polity building: public support, populism, and emergency politics (did the European public perceive emergency politics as illegitimate? did the EU’s policy response spur populism?); and solidarity and bonding (to what extent did the crisis stimulate cross-national solidarity?). We show that, overall, the EU weathered the COVID storm better than expected for a potentially fragile multilevel polity. The crisis triggered unprecedented institutional innovation, underpinned by pan-European solidarity, and EU citizens did not backlash against emergency politics.

EU resilience in times of COVID? Polity maintenance, public support, and solidarity / I. Oana, S. Ronchi, Z. Truchlewski. - In: COMPARATIVE EUROPEAN POLITICS. - ISSN 1472-4790. - (2023), pp. 1-8. [Epub ahead of print] [10.1057/s41295-023-00327-7]

EU resilience in times of COVID? Polity maintenance, public support, and solidarity

S. Ronchi
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2023

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This introduction presents the theoretical framework, aims, and summary of this special issue. We want to explain the European Union’s (EU) response to the COVID crisis from a ‘polity perspective’ (Kriesi 2021; Ferrera 2005). We conceptualize the EU as a compound ‘experimental’ polity which develops along three dimensions: binding (capacity building and sovereignty), bounding (bordering), and bonding (solidarity and loyalty). We structure the contributions around the following themes: polity building and polity maintenance (how did COVID affect policymaking in the EU?); reactions to polity building: public support, populism, and emergency politics (did the European public perceive emergency politics as illegitimate? did the EU’s policy response spur populism?); and solidarity and bonding (to what extent did the crisis stimulate cross-national solidarity?). We show that, overall, the EU weathered the COVID storm better than expected for a potentially fragile multilevel polity. The crisis triggered unprecedented institutional innovation, underpinned by pan-European solidarity, and EU citizens did not backlash against emergency politics.
Settore SPS/04 - Scienza Politica
   Policy Crisis and Crisis Politics. Sovereignty, Solidarity and Identity in the EU post 2008 (SOLID)
   SOLID
   EUROPEAN COMMISSION
   H2020
   810356
2023
12-giu-2023
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