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Europe’s Prolonged Crisis

The Making or the Unmaking of a Political Union

  • Hans-Jörg Trenz
  • Carlo Ruzza
  • Virginie Guiraudon

Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction: The European Crisis — Contributions from Political Sociology

    1. Virginie Guiraudon, Carlo Ruzza, Hans-Jörg Trenz
      Pages 1-19
  3. State-Society Relations

  4. European Crisis and the Development of Social Resilience

  5. Participation, Protest and the Role of the Media

  6. Afterword: The Crisis of Europe: A Case of Creative Destruction — Descandalizing the Crisis of Europe as an Experimental Case of Social Evolution

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 290-297

About this book


This collection presents a political sociology of crisis in Europe. Focusing on state and society transformations in the context of the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath in Europe, it observes a return of redistributive conflicts that correlates with a 'new politics of identity', nationalism, regionalism and expressions of Euroscepticism.


Political sociology crisis resilience legitimacy democracy European integration EU governance mobility social movements EU citizenship conflict constitution desegregation European Integration European Union (EU) governance migration nationalism parliament political sociology politics society

Editors and affiliations

  • Hans-Jörg Trenz
    • 1
  • Carlo Ruzza
    • 2
  • Virginie Guiraudon
    • 3
  1. 1.University of CopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.University of TrentoItaly
  3. 3.Centre d’études européennes de Sciences PoFrance

About the editors

Marcos Ancelovici, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Canada Paul Blokker, University of Trento, Italy Thomas P. Boje, Roskilde University, Denmark Mai'a K. Davis Cross, Northeastern University, US and ARENA Centre for European Studies, Norway Klaus Eder, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany John Erik Fossum, University of Oslo, Norway Virginie Guiraudon, French National Centre for Scientific Research at the Sciences Po Center for European Studies, France Dietmar Loch, University of Lille1, France Xinru Ma University of Southern California, USA Juan Díez Medrano, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain Asimina Michailidou, University of Oslo, Norway Ov Cristian Norocel, University of Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm University, Sweden Espen D. H. Olsen, University of Oslo, Norway Ettore Recchi, Sciences Po, France Carlo Ruzza, University of Trento, Italy Justyna Salamo?ska, European University Institute, Italy Dennis Smith, Loughborough University, UK Hans-Jörg Trenz, University of Copenhagen, Denmark and University of Oslo, Norway

Bibliographic information


“This is an ambitious collection, bringing together a diverse group of scholars in an attempt to understand what the ongoing crisis in Europe means for relationships on the continent. … The book will be of interest to readers seeking to understand the impacts of the European crisis across a variety of settings. It also serves as a useful marker of the utility of political sociology and a point from which future research can depart.” (European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, Vol. 4 (2), 2017)