H2020 EMU Choices

EMU Choices: The Choice for Europe since Maastricht. Member States’ Preferences for Economic and Financial Integration

The euro area crisis demonstrated how weak economic policy coordination and loose fiscal oversight could destabilize a monetary union. To prevent the recurrence of such crises the EU and its member states determined to build ‘a deep and genuine economic and monetary union’ with reinforced governance structures. This multinational, 4-year project analyzes a rather neglected aspect of EMU, namely the politics of economic and fiscal integration. To fill the gap, the preferences of member states towards different models of fiscal union, and mechanisms of political consensus-building among member-states are studied in details through mixed methods. The consortium conducting this research is coordinated by the Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies (SCEUS), and covers all regions of the EU and consists of eight distinguished political scientists and one legal scholar.

Duration: July 2015 - June 2019

Lead researcher: Uwe Puetter is Professor at the CEU School of Public Policy and CEUR Director, leads the two research themes ‘Political choice and limits imposed by financial markets’ and ‘The nexus of national executives, parliamentary control and EU decision-making’ within the work package ‘Political Rights’. Together with researcher Robert Csehi, Puetter investigates direct and de facto limitations to political citizenship rights in relation to EU economic governance. The research is based on a comparative study of decision-making in five EU member states. Puetter also coordinates the work package ‘Forward Looking Activities’.

Researchers: Robert Csehi is a political scientist whose work focuses on comparative politics, comparative federalism, and European integration studies. He received his PhD from Central European University and holds an MA in international relations and economics from Corvinus University in Budapest. He was a recipient of the Doctoral Student Research Award provided by the federal government of Canada to carry out research that contributed to his dissertation that aimed to understand the changing character of intergovernmental relations in Canada and in the EU. Currently he works in the FP7 bEUcitizen research consortium where he carries out research on the link between financial market developments and the exercise of political citizenship in member states of the EU in the context of the sovereign debt crisis. Also, he is a researcher in the H2020 consortium project SCEUS led by the Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies that analyzes member states’ preferences for economic and financial integration. His research interests include: Canadian politics, intergovernmental relations, democratic control of decision-making, economic and monetary integration.