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The EU Regulatory State in a Turbulent Age: Implications of Crises Responses for the Core of Integration


Jean Monnet Lecture with Dr. Sandra Eckert

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe had immediate and dramatic effects for European integration. While much of the attention has focused on high-level crisis responses of the European Union (EU) such as the adoption of a recovery fund, the more profound changes to the EU regulatory state went largely unnoticed.

The EU’s responses in state aid policy and banking regulation are insightful cases in this regard. In both areas, European policy makers and regulators reacted swiftly, and adopted unconventional and extraordinary measures that contrast with the type of responses adopted during the Great Financial Crisis. Based on historical institutionalist theorising, the talk will engage in a comparative analysis of crises responses over time and across sectors, with a view to answer the question about the type of change the EU regulatory state currently encounters: are we witnessing a new era of European integration or more of the same?


Sandra Eckert is currently AIAS-COFUND fellow at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies and associate professor at Aarhus Universitet in Denmark, on leave from Goethe University Frankfurt in Germany. Sandra received her PhD from the Free University Berlin after graduating from the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of Freiburg, and the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. She conducts research on European integration, comparative public policy, and international political economy.


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This lecture is supported by the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet programme.

27 Jan 2021 Online