The Crystal Curtain: A Postscript on Europe's North-South Divide

The European Union's sovereign debt and banking crisis has made apparent a gnawing gap between the northern and southern parts of Europe. Over the course of this past half decade, this divide has been brought into the public debate through a myriad of perspectives, from social trust to competitiveness. Yet, the governance sources of the divide are underestimated in policy practices and misrepresented in the political discourse. A governance approach can help clarify why the pursuit of convergence underpinning EU crisis-resolution mechanisms has become a contributing factor, rather than a prospective solution to the North-South gap. In doing so, governance also forms the basis for recommendations to policymakers in both halves of the continent, especially when confronted with the challenge of populist Euroscepticism.

Keywords: future of Europe, North-South divide, bureaucratic autonomy, convergence

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p. 118-131
Issue: 
49/3
ISBN/ISSN/DOI: 
10.1080/03932729.2014.935995
Publication date: 
29/09/2014

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