In “Failing Forward? The Euro Crisis and the Incomplete Nature of European Integration” (Comparative Political Studies, 49/7, 2016), we fused together liberal institutionalist and neo-functionalist logics to argue that in some circumstances European integration proceeded through a “failing forward” cycle in which lowest common denominator bargains led to incomplete institutions, which in turn generated crises, which propelled deeper integration through (once again) incomplete institutions – thus setting the stage for the process to repeat itself. Several scholars have since used this framework to explain crisis-based integration dynamics in various policy sectors, such as migration policy (Scipioni, 2017) and the common asylum system (Lavenex, 2018).



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