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Trust in the European Union in Challenging Times

Interdisciplinary European Studies

  • Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt
  • Niklas Bremberg
  • Anna Michalski
  • Lars Oxelheim


  • Part of the Interdisciplinary European Studies collection

  • Brings together scholars from economics, law, and political science

  • Offers important policy advice based on issues surrounding trust in the EU


Table of contents

About this book


This is the first book in the Interdisciplinary European Studies collection. This volume provides an interdisciplinary perspective on trust in the EU from the vantage point of political science, law and economics. It applies insights from a number of different dimensions – political institutions, legal convergence in criminal and civil law, social trust, digitalization, the diffusion of political values and norms, monetary convergence and the legitimacy of political systems – to approach the highly complex issue of trust in the EU in a clear-sighted, relevant and insightful manner. Written by renowned experts in the field, the style is accessible and reader-friendly, yet concise, knowledgeable and thought-provoking. The individual chapters combine up-to-date research findings with reflections on on-going political debates and offer useful, concrete ideas on what steps the EU could take to address the challenge of trust. The book provides the reader with invaluable insights into how trust, or rather the lack of trust, poses a challenge to the future of the social, economic and political developments in the EU. It is a must-read for policy-makers, students and interested members of the public who feel concerned by the future of Europe.


public trust in the EU political institutions EU law the European project political values in the EU political norms in the EU legitimacy of the EU international law attitudes towards the EU Brexit and trust in Europe Eastern enlargement of the EU social trust in the EU migration and the EU trust in the Euro European financial crisis EU's banking union criminal justice in the EU digitalization and security national relationships with the EU

Editors and affiliations

  • Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt
    • 1
  • Niklas Bremberg
    • 2
  • Anna Michalski
    • 3
  • Lars Oxelheim
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of LawStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Uppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  3. 3.Department of GovernmentUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  4. 4.University of AgderKristiansandNorway

About the editors

Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt is Professor of European Law at Stockholm University, Sweden and Torsten and Ragnar Söderberg Professor of Legal Science (2015-2018). She is currently Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy (2017-2018). Her research is in the area of European Economic Law with a focus on the impact of Europeanisation on national law and institutions. She is Chair of the Swedish Network for European Legal Studies.

Niklas Bremberg is Research Coordinator for the Swedish Network of European Studies in Political Science, Uppsala University, Sweden, and Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. His research focuses on international practice theory, security communities and EU foreign and security policy. He has been visiting researcher at the University of Toronto, the University of Liverpool and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Anna Michalski is Associate Professor at the Department of Government, Uppsala University, Sweden. She has previously held academic positions at the School of International Relations and Administrative Affairs, Fudan University, Shanghai and the Department of Political Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She has also held positions at a number research institutes in Europe and beyond as well as at the European Commission’s Forward Studies Unit. She is chair of the Swedish Network of European Studies in Political Science.

Lars Oxelheim is Professor of International Business and Finance at the University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway and affiliated with Knut Wicksell Center for Financial Studies (KWC), Lund University, Lund, Sweden; the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Stockholm Sweden; and Fudan University, Shanghai, China. He is founding chairman of the Swedish Network for European Studies in Economics and Business.


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“This book provides a thought-provoking and timely perspective on one of the European Union’s greatest challenges. The EU builds and relies on trust; what happens when trust is questioned as a result of Brexit, the handling of international crises and the undermining of Rule of Law in certain Member States? This book presents highly relevant answers to policy-makers and scholars alike.” (Ann Linde, Swedish Minister for EU Affairs and Trade)

“This timely volume adroitly focuses our attention on the issue of trust in the European Union. Its well-judged collection of contributions from different disciplines helps us to reach a nuanced understanding of the conditions in which trustworthiness can be earned and sustained in a period of political contestation.” (Professor Dame Helen Wallace, Fellow of the British Academy, UK)