Welcome to ENLIGHTEN

“The ENLIGHTEN collaborative project is concerned with the legitimacy of European governance in dealing with what we call fast and slow-burning crises. Fast burning crises are readily identified – they are the political and economic shocks of recent years, which have provided direct challenges to European institutions and their governance modalities. Slow-burning crises are less obvious yet no less important. In slow-burning crises the political, social, and economic challenges are long-term and widespread, but do not generate immediate political attention.

The ENLIGHTEN research team are investigating both fast- and slow-burning crises in the European political economy to understand how to bolster and maintain the legitimacy of Europe’s governing institutions. We will be thinking through these problems while using a number of conceptual and methodological innovations to trace expert networks and institutional changes. To ground us we are specifically addressing the following policy fields that map onto our fast and slow-burning distinction: Banking Crises and Fiscal SustainabilityDeficit Reduction and Continuity of Public ServicesYouth Employment and Inclusive Growth.

Thank you for visiting this website. Our excellent Impact team will ensure that you will hear much more about ENLIGHTEN in the coming years, as well as have access to our pioneering research.”

Len Seabrooke, Chief Scientist, ENLIGHTEN

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Resilience: a documentary by H2020 project Enlighten

  The 2010 economic crisis rocked the European project to its core, testing the resilience of its institutions to their limits. The crisis challenged the EU institutions’ capacity to absorb disturbance and reorganize while undergoing change so as to still retain essentially the same function, structure, identity, and responsiveness. This documentary explores how European institutions …

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ENLIGHTEN organises its final Agora Forum to discuss research findings

Next October 9th and 10th, international academics, researchers, policy makers and civil society representatives will gather at the Institut d’études européennes of the Université libre de Bruxelles for a series of roundtable discussions on the findings of the Horizon 2020 project “European Legitimacy in Governing through Hard Times: the role of European Networks” (ENLIGHTEN). Over …

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#EUEA17 Professor Vivien Schmidt discusses European solidarity in challenging times

Professor Vivien Schmidt, from Boston University and ULB, discusses European solidarity in challenging times as the opening keynote speaker for the first European Union in European Affairs conference on the topic “Controversial Approaches towards European Solidarity.” Here’s the full version of her talk: “Varieties of the Welfare States over Time and the Impact of the …

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Solidarity at the center of academic and policy debate

May 22-23, the Institut d’études européennes at the ULB hosts the first Biennial Conference “EU in European Affairs – EUEA.” At a moment when the European Commission pushes legislation to advance the agenda of the 20 key principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights, and a few months before the European Solidarity Corps becomes …

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In solidarity with CEU

The Central European University (CEU) has condemned the Hungarian Parliament’s passage of amendments to the country’s national law on higher education last Tuesday, April 4th. The new law, says CEU, puts at risk the academic freedom not only of CEU but also of other research and academic institutions in Hungary. CEU is an internationally recognized institution …

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