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Adrian Favell, "The Fourth Freedom: Free Movement and Migration in Europe Before and After the Crisis"

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Fayerweather Hall, Room 411

Speaker: Adrian Favell, Professor of Sociology, Sciences Po, and Alliance Visiting Professor (Spring 2014), Columbia University

Left-leaning observers of the EU have, in the years since the 2005 constitutional vote and the 2008 financial crisis and aftermath, rounded on the failed free market biases of Europes construction, often citing a democratic Polanyian double movement against the supposed domination of neo-liberal global capitalism and the corporate mobilities of capital, goods and services. These observers miss entirely that the progressive originality of the EUs embrace of freedom of movement lies in its fourth freedom, the freedom of movement of persons, which, in comparison to other regional integration projects such as NAFTA, is quite unique to the European regional integration project, and has been its most dramatic contribution to the breaking down of bounded nationalist conceptions of economy and society in Europe.

This talk will discuss the potentials, patterns and effects of open cross-border labor markets in Europe from Maastricht through Enlargement to the current crisis, considering how free movement becomes even more essential in times of economic hardship and austerity.

Adrian Favell is the author of Philosophies of Integration: Immigration and the Idea of Citizenship in France and Britain (1998) and Eurostars and Eurocities: Free Movement and Mobility in an Integrating Europe (2008). 

Part of the BEI Seminar.

Sponsored by the Blinken European Institute and the Alliance Program.

Categories: Academic: Lecture