The Crisis of European and Global Governance

Short Title


Full Title

The Crisis of European and Global Governance: The Great Disruption and/or the Great Consolidation

Brief Description

Research is conducted on the topics of economic growth and financial meltdown, and the imperative of achieving sustainable development and transparency in European and global governance. One of the key challenges in the research is to determine new and innovative ways of thinking to resolve the threats to the sustainability of social relations, the environment and economies. The premise is that: New knowledge is required by the social sciences to meet the demands of techological innovation, management, public policy, and civil society.

Research Period

Jan 2013-

Research Type

Survey and analysis

Research Monitoring Body

MTA TK PTI, ISES (The Institute for Social and European Studies),  CUB (Corvinus University of Budapest

Project Supervisor

Jody Jensen

Project Manager

Ferenc Miszlivetz


Jody Jensen, Ferenc Miszlivetz, Tibor Palankai, Guido Montani, Lorenza Sebasta, James Skelly

External Researchers

József Böröcz (Rutgers University- Pázmány Peter Egyetem)



Jody Jensen (

Institutional Partners

Corvinus University of Budapest; Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence – Köszeg, Univeristy of Pavia, Italy; University of Bologna in Buenos Aires, Argentina


LLP Jean Monnet Program, ISES

Research Summary

Crises have always driven the process of integration in the EU, but the question today is whether the present crisis can be exploited to continue the European project. Europe consists of many other institutionalizedand non-institutionalized, civil forms of communication, cooperation and collaboration. This is also clearly evident in the number of coordinated events throughout Europe of civil organization, disobedience and protest. The emergence of polarizing and populist movements in a significant number of European countries poses alarming challenges for a future, unified Europe.  It is clear from the present confrontation of populist-nationalists in EU countries that without proper communication channels, solutions will not be found. This may provide a new opportunity and space for civil movements, joined to other, similar forces throughout Europe, to fill the vacuum. Dominated by new social networks, networked resistance and savey young activists do not lack innovative techniques and approaches to addressing contemporary political, economic and social problems. It no longer matters so much where you are in time and space, since these networks, supported by technology, can provide for a more equal playing field for civil actors.