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    The EU’s initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic: disintegration or ‘failing forward’?

    Dimitrakopoulos, Dionyssis G. and Lalis, G. (2022) The EU’s initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic: disintegration or ‘failing forward’? Journal of European Public Policy 29 (9), pp. 1395-1413. ISSN 1350-1763.

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    This article examines the European Union’s initial response (March-July 2020) to the multifaceted crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It does so on the basis of two competing hypotheses in relation to what this response indicates about the process of integration. The first is drawn from the literature on ‘disintegration’ while the second is based on the recent argument (Jones, Kelemen, and Meunier 2016) that the EU has been ‘failing forward’ in reaction to the crises that it has been facing for more than a decade. It is argued that while the first hypothesis ought to be rejected, there is evidence indicating that the EU has responded much more in line with the ‘failing forward’ thesis. Indeed it is argued that there is (in the EU’s initial response) more evidence of the latter (forward) than the former (failing).


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): COVID-19, disintegration, EMU, failing forward, MFF, theories
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Dionyssis Dimitrakopoulos
    Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2021 07:40
    Last Modified: 30 Oct 2023 17:50


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