The Politics of Crisis in Europe explores the resilience of the European Union in the face of repeated crises perceived to threaten its very existence. While it is often observed after the fact that these crises serve as opportunities for integration, this is the first critical analysis to suggest that we cannot fully understand the nature and severity of these crises without recognising the role of societal reaction to events and the nature of social narratives about crisis, especially those advanced by the media.
Through a close examination of the 2003 Iraq crisis, the 2005 constitutional crisis, and the 2010.12 Eurozone crisis, this book identifies a pattern across these episodes, demonstrating how narratives about crises provide the means to openly air underlying societal tensions that would otherwise remain under the surface, impeding further integration.
Contains a wealth of empirical evidence, including both qualitative and quantitative media content analysis, public opinion polls, and decision-making document analysis at both national and European level
Analyses Eurobarometer opinion polls to demonstrate societal tensions before and after each of the crises
The first book of its kind to review the major existing theories about the causes of each crisis