“The Eurozone crisis is dramatically shaping the construction of an EU polity as an integrated, legitimate and effective political space. The implications are twofold. The crisis has accelerated policy and institutional integration in ways thought unthinkable only a few years ago. At the same time, the economic crisis and ensuing societal and political malaise have generated centrifugal forces across the Union, threatening the very essence of the European project.” (Tocci N., 2014).
The Jean Monnet Network “Crisis-Equity-Democracy for Europe and Latin America” is a bi-regional comparative research network on crisis, its management and its social and democratic implications in Europe and Latin America with the aim to mutually learn from each other and to develop policy advice by offering a platform for an exchange of views to policy makers, academia and civil society.”
Economic stagnation, risks of deflation, persistent high unemployment, protest, rise of new social movements, increased xenophobia, populism, Euro-scepticism and polarization of (new) political parties, are the expression of the perceived “democratic deficit” and the need for urgent action. Latin America has experienced populism already before and has entered a phase of increased polarization aggravating the political and economic crisis with endemic corruption of both the political and economic elite leading to a great disillusion, frustration and political apathy of the citizens.
Latin America and Europe can both learn from their respective experiences on crisis response and the distributive and democratic implications at national and regional level. Democratic and distributive aspects of crisis response (monetary, financial & economic policies and institutional reforms) are key but have not been adequately addressed in the literature. Furthermore, opening a bi-regional dialogue in the field of socio-macroeconomic policies and crisis management would provide an additional strategic content to the Strategic Alliance the Summits EU-CELAC are supposed to build.
1. research & teaching on EU crisis management, equity and democracy;
2. compare experiences in LA and EU;
3. comparatively analyze the impact of crisis, EU crisis response on integration and regionalism;
4. create an EU-Brazil network for cultural exchange, knowledge transfer and building;
5. connect it into IRI’s Latin America networks and co-organise events to further stimulate EU research in LA;
6. collaborate with EU institutions and regional development banks, Brazilian and Latin American regional institutions, social movements and media, to engage their active participation in 6 events and establish an international consortium of global players on crisis response;
7. elaborate policy recommendations on financial, economic and political governance responding to contemporary challenges;
8. increase the public awareness on regional and bi-regional issues contributing to create peer pressures for regional and bi-regional cooperation.
The JMN will hold 6 outreach events/workshops/conference/debates and authors’ meetings (2 in Brasil (Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro), 1 in Santiago de Chile and 3 in EU countries: Belgium, Italy and Greece and present the results to EU institutions, national authorities, Latin American regional institutions such as ECLAC and CELAC.
Joint publications (books/articles), 6 events, permanent quality upgrade and europeanization/internationalization of the research/teaching in the partners’ institutions, creation of a new transatlantic network and consortium of players on crisis management/equity and democracy .
The projects objective is to support the IRI-USP and the IRI PUC Rio as EU/Latin American hubs and possibly future Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence for comparative regionalism.
Young researchers/students will benefit from the europeanization (in Brazil) and internationalisation (EU countries), the events and guest lectures of the network and by assisting the event organization, the research, dissemination of research on the web using social media.
Media will be invited to the events and be informed of activities, results and research, peer pressure for bi-regional dialogue on socio-macroeconomic policies , crisis management and good governance.
Bi-annual authors meetings, monthly evaluation of time sheets and progress on research, co-ordination in the preparation of the meetings, presentations of results.