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Politics of Last Resort: Governing by Emergency in the European Union

Jonathan White


Prominent in the EU’s recent transformations has been the tendency to advance extraordinary measures in the name of crisis response. From emergency lending to macro-economics, border management to Brexit, policies are pursued unconventionally and as measures of last resort. This book investigates the nature, rise, and implications of this politics of emergency as it appears in the transnational setting. As the author argues, recourse to this method of rule is an expression of the deeper weakness of executive power in today’s Europe. It is how policy-makers contend with rising socio-economic po ... More

Keywords: European Union, emergency politics, emergency rule, exceptionalism, democracy, technocracy, populism, disobedience, transnational partisanship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198791720
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198791720.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan White, author
Professor of Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science (European Institute)