Olmastroni, F. and Pellegata, A. (2018) "Members apart: A mass-elite comparison of mutual perceptions and support for the European Union In Germany and Italy" in Contemporary Italian Politics 10 (1): 56-75. DOI 10.1080/23248823.2018.1436620 ABSTRACT The multiple crises faced by the European Union – economic stagnation, geopolitical insecurity, refugee and migration flows – and some side-effects of the integration process (e.g. fiscal austerity, transnational redistribution, borders protection) seem not only to have exacerbated the public-elite divide in almost all member states, but also re-vitalised the North-South rift. If public support and trust in the capacity of EU institutions to resolve problems have seriously declined over the last few years, mutual prejudices between Northern and Southern countries have been reinforced by recent developments within the EU. The article uses the cases of Germany and Italy as illustrative examples of this ‘within’ and ‘cross-country’ malaise. By using a longitudinal and cross-sectional approach, it systematically explores the changing orientations of public opinion and political leaders with regard to the European integration project, supranational cohesion, and, last but not least, the perceived image of the other member state in the last four decades. The article moves forward the theoretical discussion on the state of intra-European relations by offering a unique source of data to study how attitudes towards the EU have been shaped by domestic and external conditions and how, in turn, these attitudes have impacted on the reciprocal views of Italians and Germans. The article is available at
Stamati F. (2018) Challenges of Contemporary Regionalism: The Eu between Regional and Global Governance. A review Essay, in Annali della Fondazione Luigi Einaudi; Florence Vol. 52, Iss. 2,  (2018): 303-322.DOI:10.26331/1063. ABSTRACT The present review essay presents ten recently published books on regionalism, integration and global governance. The discussion focuses on the state of Europe- an integration post-crisis and on the EU’s external projection and possible role in a multi-polar global order. Drawing mainly on recent works by Mario Telò, a pioneer in the integration of International Relations and European Area studies, the article addresses integration from a comparative regionalist perspective. Several theoretical and normative insights taken from the regionalist debate are applied to specific di- lemmas of EU integration in a multi-polar “world of regions”. The interplay between external trade and security policy is analysed by considering European relations with China, Russia and the WTO. Recent empirical accounts of the Ukrainian crisis help in assessing the feasibility of regional governance in Europe and its contribution to global stability. The study concludes that the EU is well positioned to overcome ten- sions between its region-building efforts and the emergence of a post-hegemonic global governance framework. To succeed, however, the Union must pragmatically revise its current mix of integration and cooperation, with a view to acquiring the strategic capabilities needed to guarantee security within its area of influence. This article can be found at the following link:
P. Vesan, F. Corti, in Politiche Sociali - Il Mulino, vol. 1, 2018, pp. 125-142. ABSTRACT Since 2015, Jean Claude Juncker has promoted the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) as the central aspect of his new strategy to relaunch the EU social dimension. The Social Pillar has the stated aim to be a «compass» for achieving an «upward social convergence» within the European Monetary Union. In November 2017, the presidents of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission signed the inter-institutional proclamation on the EPSR. This proclamation represents the first political commitment on the EPSR's principles, though its concrete policy outputs are still uncertain. This article traces the development of the EPSR and illustrates some of the main tensions, limits and strengths of this initiative. Finally, the article proposes a research agenda based on three axes which refer to the study of the EPSR as a milestone of the new «social strategy» carried out by the President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker. This article is available at
M. Matsaganis, in Il Mulino, 1/2018 available here
Fulvio Stamati, 2017. "The Economic and Political Crisis of the EU Polity: A Review Essay," Annals of the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Economics, History and Political Science, Fondazione Luigi Einaudi, Torino (Italy), vol. 51(2), pages 289-315, December. ABSTRACT The present essay reviews nineteen volumes, published in English between 2012 and 2016, which contributed to the Eurozone crisis debate. Before contrasting different perspectives on the Eurozone crisis, it focuses on core-periphery dynamics within the EU. Then, it sheds light on the wider debate on EU polity-building and democracy. Finally, it discusses a number of proposals for exiting the crisis. Overall, the reviewed contributions suggest that the political and economic crisis of the EU is a crisis of its rules. Legal centralism and technocratic integration made the EU vulnerable to the crisis and kept it fragile afterwards. The readings suggest many ways to strengthen and complete the EU polity. Not all of them look viable. The most promising ones, however, bring new focus on an old idea: the principle of subsidiarity and its potential to recast EU politics, economics and law. This article can be read at the following link:
P. Pansardi, in Journal of Political Power, Vol. 10, no. 3, 2017, pp. 390-394. This article is available here
J. Hien, Journal of Common Market Studies, vol. 57, no. 2, 2017, pp. 185-204. Also published online on 10 September 2017 ABSTRACT. There has been much talk about ordoliberalism recently. Scholars and the press identify it as the dominant economic instruction sheet for Germany's European crisis politics. However, by analyzing ordoliberalism only as an economic theory, the debate downplays that ordoliberalism is also an ethical theory, with strong roots in Protestant social thought. It is this rooting in Protestant social thought that makes Ordoliberalism incompatible with the socioeconomic ethics of most of the European crisis countries, whose ethics originate in Catholic and Orthodox social thought. This divergence is the source of a crisis of understanding between European nations and hinders a collective response to the Euro crisis. This article is available here
Stamati F., Tra personalità e arte di governo : una proposta analitica sulla nozione di leadership politica, in Quaderni di scienza politica : rivista quadrimestrale , n. 2/2017, p. 289-314 ABSTRACT: Crescente rilevanza della leadership politica nei paesi europei. Rassegna della letteratura sul leader weberiano. Arte di governo e profili di personalità. This article can be read at the following link:
I. Madama, in POLITICHE SOCIALI, vo. 4, no. 1, 2017, pp. 189-206 ABSTRACT The present contribution deals with a recent European social initiative that was launched in 2014 in order to contrast severe material deprivation: the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD). The aim of the article is two-fold. First, from a descriptive standpoint, it offers an overview of the main institutional features of this novel component of the European social sphere, meant to provide substance to the lower tier of pan-European solidarity. Second, from an interpretative standpoint, the paper reconstructs the political and institutional dynamics behind the adoption of the program. Despite its narrow budget and scope, findings show that adopting the FEAD was a contested and controversial decision that fostered the emergence of harsh tensions. Interestingly, notwithstanding the frictions that emerged, the institutional and political sponsorship of the program proved to be strong enough to have the initiative approved and strengthened during the policy-making process. This article is available at
M. Ferrera, in European Law Journal, published onlne on 25 may 2017 ABSTRACT Intra‐Eu mobility has become increasingly contested. Despite empirical evidence showing that migrants are not a burden for the receiving countries, a growing number of voters think that nationals should have priority in terms of jobs and welfare. In a realist perspective, this “nativist” turn cannot be ignored, as it might undermine the very idea of EU citizenship. While nondiscrimination, as enshrined in the Treaties, should certainly remain the first order principle to defend free movement from a legal and normative point of view, in the present predicament it might be reasonable to complement it with the less demanding principle of “hospitality”. Practically, this would mean to give back to Member States a modicum of autonomy in filtering the access to social benefits for inactive or non‐resident persons. available here

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