Pellegata A, Visconti F, Elites' attitudes on European Integration and Solidarity, in progress
F. Visconti, Pellegata, A. “A tale of two rationales: vulnerability, transnationalism, and public attitudes towards the EU in the 2018 Italian elections”, (under review)
Visconti, F. Changing patterns of trans-national solidarity over time 1992-2016 (under review)
Perez S.A., Matsaganis M. (forthcoming), "Export or Perish: Can Internal evaluation create enough good jobs in Southern Europe?", accepted for publication in South european Society and Politics
Viterbo A., The European Union in the Transnational Financial Regulatory Arena: The Case of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, Journal of International Economic Law, Volume 22, Issue 2, June 2019, Pages 205–228,  ABSTRACT Starting from the observation of an increased politicisation of the financial regulatory debate, the article analyses how this might impact the relationship between the European Union (EU) and the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision. The article first describes transnational financial networks after the global crisis and the shift from trust in technocratic autonomy to distrust and politicisation. It then turns to examine the legal bases for the participation of EU institutions in the Basel standard-setting process, discussing the challenges posed under EU law. The last part of the research focusses on the European Parliament’s attempts to become an active player in the transnational financial regulatory arena and on the role it might play to enhance the democratic legitimacy of the Basel process. This article can be found at the following link:
F. Costamagna, Regulatory Competition in the EU: Foundations, Tools and Implications – Introduction, in European Papers, 1, 2019, 123-126 ABSTRACT The Special Section investigates, from a multidisciplinary perspective, foundations, tools and implications of regulatory competition in the EU legal order. The analysis takes the view that regulatory competition is not just an inevitable corollary of the creation of the internal market, but it is the result of political choices made to pursue specific policy objectives. Moving from different analytical angles, it sheds more light on the dangers that the choice to promote regulatory competition poses for the constitutional identity of the EU. The Special Section is composed by two main parts. The first one offers an in-depth examination of the complex relationship between the European integration process and regulatory competition, exploring its historical and conceptual foundations, as well as critically engaging with its implications on the EU constitutional architecture. The second one builds on these analytical findings and, in particular, on the idea that regulatory competition is the by-product of political choices made by supranational institutions. These choices, and the institutional dynamics underneath, vary from sector to sector. The Articles composing this second part look both at fields where EU law acted as a facilitator of regulatory competition and at fields where it functioned as a buttress against it or, at least, some of its most heinous effects   This article can be found at the following link:
F. Costamagna, At the Roots of Regulatory Competition in the EU: Cross-border Movement of Companies as a Way to Exercise a Genuine Economic Activity or just Law Shopping?, in European Papers, 1, 2019, 185-205 ABSTRACT The Article critically engages with the case law of the Court of Justice on the application of Treaty provisions on freedom of establishment to cross-border transfers of companies. In particular, it demonstrates that the Court has come to consider the possibility for companies to use freedom of establishment as a tool to choose the law applicable to them as an objective of the relevant Treaty provisions, rather than as an abuse. The recently adopted Polbud judgment (Court of Justice, judgment of 25 October 2017, case C-106/16, Polbud [GC]) represents a fitting example in this regard. Here the Court held that Treaty provisions on freedom of establishment apply even in cases where the converting company has no intention to pursue any economic activity in the host State. Moreover, it posited that trying to relocate in another Member State with the sole purpose of paying lower taxes does not constitute an abuse and, thus, does not justify the adoption of restrictive measures by the departure Member State. The Article critically engages with this line of cases, showing its impact on recent attempts to harmonize the rules on cross-border transfers of companies. In particular, the analysis focuses on the 2018 Commission Proposal for a Directive regarding cross-border conversions, demonstrating that it tends to prioritize the promotion of freedom of establishment over competing interest and values, such as the respect for the integrity of national tax systems or the protection of workers’ rights. This article can be found at the following link:
M. Vellano e A. Viterbo, “Verso un rafforzamento del ruolo internazionale dell’Euro”, in La Comunità internazionale, 2019, pp. 1-27, (ISSN 0010-5066).
Corti, F. & Vesan, P (2019), Social Democracy and the future of Social Europe: The European Pillar of Social Rights and beyond, Constellations (in review for Special Issue)
Vesan, P. & Corti, F (2019), Promoting the Social Dimension of Europe in Adverse Conditions: The European Pillar of Social Rights and the Role of the European Parliament, in Journal of Common Market Studies. ABSTRACT Over the years, the relationship between national welfare states and the EU integration process has been undermined by inherent tensions. On January the 19th 2017, the European Parliament voted in support of a broad report about the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR). This comprehensive and ambitious initiative, launched by the European Commission in March 2016, has the purpose to strengthen the social facet of the European Monetary Union.In this paper, we aim to identify the «possibility space» that such attempt of reconciliation can meet. Building on a neo-Weberian approach, we argue that such possibility space will result from the interplay between the intellectual and political spheres of the European institutional architecture. In this regard, we provide a picture of the political dynamics and policy proposals emerged during different phases of the European decision-making process by focusing on the structural constraints (and opportunities) met by European Parliament (EP) that voted in support of a broad report on the EPSR at the beginning of 2017.Our paper looks at the the positions of the main EP groups (EPP, S&D, ECR, ALDE, GUE-NGL, Greens) through the analysis of single votes and amendments, the interviews to MEPs and assistants, and the examination of secondary sources. The focus is both on the bargaining process within the Employment and Social Affairs Committee Committee and MEPs’ behaviors in the plenary session.The analytical description of the content and process of the parliamentary debate serves as a basis for the interpretative part of the paper. We explain the parliamentary outcome as the result of both specific ideas (framing of problems; values; normative justifications) and political factors (institutional structures and procedures; coalitions; strategies of legitimation and production of political goods).Our paper contributes to the debate in a three-fold sense. Firstly, it provides insights about those actors who shape the intellectual ground of the EPSR and/or have an effective say in the decision-making process. Secondly, it paves the way for analyzing the EP's attempt to influence the EU Commission in the drafting process of the EPSR and the White paper on the future of EU that is expected in Spring 2017. Finally, the analysis spotlights a portion of the possible ‘reconciliation scenario’ that a renewed promotion of Social Europe is likely to meet.This paper is part of RESCUE - «Reconciling Economic and Social Europe: the role of ideas, values and politics – REScEU», a five-years research project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) aimed at investigating the complex interplay between two precious legacies of the XX century, the nation-based welfare state and the European Union. The mutual relationship between those two spheres has been in fact fraught by unresolved tensions (and a potential “clash”), which the recent crisis has markedly exacerbated. The project purpose is to cast new light (theoretically and empirically) on the genetic roots…

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