Europe’s Future

Europe’s Future

Tuesday, 5 November 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:45pm
Venue: 
Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HR
Speaker(s): 
Professor Sergio Fabbrini (Professor of Political Science and International Relations and Dean of Political Science Department, Luiss Guido Carli, Rome)
Chair: 
Professor Kalypso Nicolaïdis (St Antony's College, Oxford)
Discussant: 
Dr Martijn van den Brink and Dr Matthias Dilling (both Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford)
Series: 
ESC Core Seminar Series

Sergio Fabbrini proposes a way out of the EU’s crises which have triggered an unprecedented cleavage between ‘Sovereignist’ and ‘Europeanist’ forces. The intergovernmental governance of the multiple crises of the past decade has led to a division on the very rationale of Europe’s integration project. Sovereignism (the expression of nationalistic and populist forces) has demanded more decision-making autonomy for the EU member states although Europeanism has struggled to make an effective case against this challenge. Fabbrini proposes a new perspective to release the EU from this predicament, involving the decoupling and reforming of the EU: on the one hand, the economic community of the single market (consisting of the current member states of the EU and of others interested in joining or re-joining it); on the other, the political union (largely based on the euro zone reformed according to an original model of federal union). 

The Chair for this event will be: Professor Kalypso Nicolaїdis.

Discussants will be: Dr Martijn van den Brink and Dr Matthias Dilling (both Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford).


Sergio Fabbrini is Professor of Political Science and International Relations and Dean of the Political Science Department at the LUISS Guido Carli in Rome. He holds the Intesa San Paolo Chair on “European Governance” and he is the Pierre Keller Visiting Professor for the academic year 2019/2020 at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He founded and directed the LUISS School of Government from 2009 to 2018. He is also a Recurrent Professor of Comparative Politics at the Department of Political Science and Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California at Berkeley. Among others, he was Jemolo Fellow at the Nuffield College, Oxford University, Jean Monnet Chair Professor at the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies, European University Institute in Florence, Fulbright Professor at the Department of Government, Harvard University. He was the Editor of the “Italian Journal of Political Science” in the period 2004-2009. He won several prizes and taught in various international universities. He published seventeen books, two co-authored books and ninenteen edited or co-edited books or journals’ special issues, and several hundreds of scientific articles and essays in seven languages in the most important peer-reviewed international journals. His latest book is, Europe’s Future: Decoupling and Reforming (Cambridge University Press, 2019). He is the Sunday columnist for the financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore.


Please email: european.studies@sant.ox.ac.uk in order to register in advance to attend this event.

Further information about Professor Fabbrini's book, Europe's Future: Decoupling and Reforming, published by Cambridge University Press, can be found HERE.