2021

What Does the Technological Shift Have in Stall for the EU? Opportunities and Pitfalls for European Societies

Reprint No. 2021:12

Author(s): Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Karin Leijon, Anna Michalski and Lars OxelheimYear: 2021 Title: The European Union and the Technology Shift Chapter: 1Editor(s): Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Karin Leijon, Anna Michalski and Lars OxelheimPublisher: Palgrave MacmillanCity: Cham Pages: 1–25
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This introductory chapter sheds light on the opportunities and challenges that the digital era has in store for the European Union (EU) at a time when its fundamental values are being called into question by prominent political currents. The chapter sets the scene by an account of how previous periods of technological transformation affected European societies and considers the financial and regulatory resources at the disposal of the EU to manage the technological shift of the 2020s. The chapter introduces the book’s interdisciplinary approach, which offers various disciplinary perspectives on how the technological mega-shift impacts the EU’s ability to meet the multifaceted challenges it is facing. The chapter concludes that decision-makers at the national as well as European levels must be prepared to take a holistic perspective when addressing technological trends and seeking solutions to the problems that arise in the wake of changing economic and political conditions in society.


Reference:
Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Antonina, Karin Leijon, Anna Michalski and Lars Oxelheim (2021), "What Does the Technological Shift Have in Stall for the EU? Opportunities and Pitfalls for European Societies". Chapter 1, pp. 1–25 in Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Karin Leijon, Anna Michalski and Lars Oxelheim, eds., The European Union and the Technology Shift. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Interdisciplinary European Studies

The European Union and the Return of the Nation State

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This book explores the complex and ever-changing relationship between the European Union and its member states. The recent surge in tension in this relationship has been prompted by the actions of some member state governments as they question fundamental EU values and principles and refuse to implement common decisions seemingly on the basis of narrowly defined national interests.

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