PhD defence: Nicholas Haagensen

In order to obtain the PhD degree, Nicholas Haagensen has submitted his thesis entitled: European Legal Networks in Crisis: The Legal Construction of Economic Policy

Torsdag, 18 juni, 2020 - 13:00 to 15:00


This dissertation investigates how legal and policy professionals have legally constructed the economic governance of the EU since the beginning of the Eurozone crisis onwards. It adds to scholarship on the Eurozone crisis by creating a theoretical framework based on Bourdieusian fields, while also utilising a network analytical approach, to show how the practices and interactions of legal and policy professionals reconfigure the transnational contexts that are implicated in the crisis policy response. It demonstrates that these professionals’ practices enable solutions that become contested before the Court of Justice of the EU, putting the Court in a position where it has to bring the definitional power of EU law to bear on the actions of EU institutions and the Eurogroup in the area of Economic & Monetary Union (EMU). In sum, the dissertation shows how legal and policy professionals developed practices, which are anchored in various logics, that have enabled and consolidated processes of legal integration and differentiation that have long-term implications for EMU.


Primary Supervisor:
Professor Leonard Seabrooke

Department of Organization

Copenhagen Business School


Secondary Supervisor:

Associate Professor Ramona Coman

Department of Political Science

Université libre de Bruxelles


Assessment Committee:

Associate Professor Stine Haakonsson (Chair)

Department of Organization

Copenhagen Business School


Associate Professor Amandine Crespy
Centre d’étude de la vie politique (CEVIPOL)
Université Libre de Bruxelles


Professor Mikael Rask Madsen

Faculty of Law

Copenhagen University


Professor Antoine Vauchez
Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique
Université Paris 1-Sorbonne


The thesis is available here


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Sidst opdateret: Communications // 02/09/2020