Professor Sergio Fabbrini will present highlights from his most recent book Which European Union? Europe After the Euro Crisis. He puts forward an argument for interpreting the European Union (EU) from a comparative perspective. The aim is to bring Stein Rokkan to Brussels, that is to interpret the structuring and functioning of the EU according to the basic analytical concepts of the literature on comparative politics. Which European Union? not only repositions the EU in a comparative context, but also conceptually innovates the tool-kit of comparative politics. Based on a reinterpretation of the literature on comparative federalism, the book conceptualizes two species of the ‘federal political system’ genus, i.e. federal states arising from the disaggregation of previously unitary states and federal unions arising from the aggregation of previously independent states.
Sergio Fabbrini is Director of the School of Government and Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome, where he holds the Jean Monnet Chair. He is also Recurrent Visiting Professor of Comparative Politics at the Department of Political Science and Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California at Berkeley. He has published fourteen books, two co-authored books and fourteen edited or co-edited books. His most recent publications in English include Compound Democracies: Why the United States and Europe Are Becoming Similar, 2nd edn (2010) and America and Its Critics: Vices and Virtues of the Democratic Hyperpower (2008).
This event is hosted by the Bill Lane Center for the American West and co-sponsored by the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law.