[Article] Policy autism or double-edged dismissiveness? by Peter Christoff

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In other words, if we witness a crisis of a security community, we have to look at the whole range of indicators and potential causes. From a security community perspective, the transatlantic order would risk collapsing in that ‘extraordinary moment when the existence and viability of the political order are called into question’ (Ikenberry 2008: 8). At such a critical juncture, the four elements that constitute a security community are put into jeopardy: power and security interests deviate, economic interdependence and market relations loosen, institutions and law lose legitimacy and effectiveness, values and political identity diverge.

2015) argue constitutes the EU’s ‘new intergovernmentalism’. Endless sovereign debt emergencies have devoured political and time attention, while exposing bitter divisions between the fiscally prudent, German-led north and the debt-ridden southern European states (and Ireland). The 2015 election of the Syriza-led government in Greece on a platform of fierce resistance to what voters (rightly) perceived as EU-imposed austerity was indicative of a rise across the continent of popular discontent with the European integration process, with Eurosceptic parties—including ones far more anti-EU than Syriza –making dramatic gains.

Pierson, P. (2010). Winner take-all politics: How Washington made the richer richer and turned its back on the middle class. New York/London: Simon and Schuster.  J. (2014a). The illusion of geopolitics: The enduring power of the liberal order. Foreign Affairs, 93(3), 80–90.  J. (2014b). Power, order, and change in world politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Kupchan, C. A. (2002). The end of the American era: US foreign policy and the geopolitics of the 21st century. New York: Knopf.

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