[Issue 3 and 4] Book Review 1: Understanding the Euro Crisis

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Understanding the Euro Crisis
The Future of Europe: Democracy, Legitimacy & Justice After the Euro Crisis
Serge Champeau, Carlos Closa, Daniel Innerarity & Miguel Poaries Maduro,
London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.
ISBN: 978-1-78348-113-2

Reviewed by Mark FENWICK, Kyushu University

The sovereign debt crisis that has engulfed the European Union since 2008  has posed and – at the time of writing in early 2015 – continues to pose an existential threat both to the single currency and the whole project of European integration. Much has been written on the economic background, causes and effects of the crisis, but rather less on the meaning of the crisis from the perspective of political science, social theory and the law. The publication of The Future of Europe: Democracy, Legitimacy & Justice After the Euro Crisis is, therefore, to be welcomed as it brings together contributions from a number of disciplines to examine the unfolding crisis and the implications for the future of the euro from a “multi-disciplinary point of view”.  Although the contributors seem sensitive to the dangers of talking about the “future” in the midst of the crisis, the resulting collection provides an important and thought-provoking snapshot of the current state of theoretical and normative debates on recent events and the future prospects for the EU.