This is the first book in the Interdisciplinary European Studies collection. This volume provides an interdisciplinary perspective on trust in the EU from the vantage point of political science, law and economics. It applies insights from a number of different dimensions - political institutions, legal convergence in criminal and civil law, social trust, digitalization, the diffusion of political values and norms, monetary convergence and the legitimacy of political systems - to approach the highly complex issue of trust in the EU in a clear-sighted, relevant and insightful manner. Written by renowned experts in the field, the style is accessible and reader-friendly, yet concise, knowledgeable and thought-provoking. The individual chapters combine up-to-date research findings with reflections on on-going political debates and offer useful, concrete ideas on what steps the EU could take to address the challenge of trust. The book provides the reader with invaluable insights into how trust, or rather the lack of trust, poses a challenge to the future of the social, economic and political developments in the EU. It is a must-read for policy-makers, students and interested members of the public who feel concerned by the future of Europe.
Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt is Professor of European Law at Stockholm University, Sweden and Torsten and Ragnar Söderberg Professor of Legal Science (2015-2018). She is currently Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy (2017-2018). Her research is in the area of European Economic Law with a focus on the impact of Europeanisation on national law and institutions. She is Chair of the Swedish Network for European Legal Studies.
Niklas Bremberg is Research Coordinator for the Swedish Network of European Studies in Political Science, Uppsala University, Sweden, and Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. His research focuses on international practice theory, security communities and EU foreign and security policy. He has been visiting researcher at the University of Toronto, the University of Liverpool and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
Anna Michalski is Associate Professor at the Department of Government, Uppsala University, Sweden. She has previously held academic positions at the School of International Relations and Administrative Affairs, Fudan University, Shanghai and the Department of Political Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She has also held positions at a number research institutes in Europe and beyond as well as at the European Commission's Forward Studies Unit. She is chair of the Swedish Network of European Studies in Political Science.
Lars Oxelheim is Professor of International Business and Finance at the University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway and affiliated with Knut Wicksell Center for Financial Studies (KWC), Lund University, Lund, Sweden; the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Stockholm Sweden; and Fudan University, Shanghai, China. He is founding chairman of the Swedish Network for European Studies in Economics and Business.