Social Europe: irrelevant, catching-up, or dangerous?

Guest Lecture Series
9 marzo 2021
9 March 2021

Where: Zoom Platform - h 14.15


Social Europe: irrelevant, catching-up, or dangerous?

Crespy will address the main controversies surrounding the social dimension of European integration. She will present the arguments of those who argue that the role of the EU in the realm of social policy is either irrelevant, catching-up to address Europe's social ills, or, on the contrary, genuinely dangerous for national societies. Explanations about the political dynamics, the institutional features, and policy successes and failures will shed light on these debates and help students forge their own views about whether the EU's powers and resources in the realm of social policy should rather be curtailed or expanded.


  • Amandine Crespy - Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)

Amandine Crespy is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) where she is affiliated with the Institut d’Etudes Européennes (IEE) and serves as the vice-director of the Centre d'études de la vie politique (Cevipol). She is also Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges). Her research deals with the political contention surrounding EU integration and socio-economic policies. She co-edited Social Policy and the Eurocrisis (2015, Palgrave) and Governance and Politics in the Post-Crisis European Union (2020, Cambridge University Press). She is the author of Welfare Markets in Europe. The democratic challenge of European Integration (Palgrave, 2016), L’Europe sociale. Acteurs, politiques, débats (2019, Presses de l’Université de Bruxelles) and The European Social Question. Tackling key controversies (2021, Agenda).


To register please fill in the application form. Deadline: 1 March 2021, h 24.00