Beate Passow, Monkey Business Gibraltar, 2017 (Art at CAS, WS 2019/20)

Sources and Modes of Order Contestation: The EU and Beyond

The goal of this CAS Research Focus is to develop a more sophisticated analytical understanding of “crisis” through interdisciplinary research, investigating the objects, sources, processes and outcomes of order challenges to the EU and its predecessors.

Over the past decade, the European Union has been in a constant state of crisis — at least according to most observers: The migrant and the Eurozone crises, climate change, Brexit and most recently the Corona pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. While they all have put the EU under considerable pressure, the notions of “crisis” and “crisis politics” have become catch-all concepts of limited analytical value, confounding various dimensions of challenges to the EU’s political order on the one hand, and overemphasizing centrifugal and disintegrative forces on the other hand.


Prof. Dr. Kiran Klaus Patel

LMU Munich

Regular Member, Spokesperson of the CAS Research Focus “Order Contestation”


Prof. Dr. Berthold Rittberger

LMU Munich

Spokesperson of the CAS Research Focus “Order Contestationˮ

Political Science

Working Group

  • Dr. Felix Biermann (Geschwister-Scholl-Institut für Politikwissenschaft, LMU)
  • Prof. Dr. Nicole Bolleyer (Geschwister-Scholl-Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Lehrstuhl Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft, LMU)
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Haltern (Lehrstuhl für Öffentliches Recht, Europarecht und Rechtsphilosophie, LMU)
  • Dr. Lisbeth Matzer (Historisches Seminar, LMU)
  • Dr. Thomas Rohringer (Historisches Seminar, LMU)
  • Prof. Dr. Juliane Prade-Weiss (Institut für allgemeine und vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft, LMU)
  • Prof. Dr. Laura Seelkopf (Geschwister Scholl Institute of Political Science, LMU)
  • Dr. habil. Moritz Weiss (Geschwister-Scholl-Institut für Politikwissenschaft, LMU)
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Wirsching (Lehrstuhl für Neueste Geschichte, LMU / Institut für Zeitgeschichte)
  • Prof. Dr. Bernhard Zangl (Geschwister-Scholl-Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Lehrstuhl Global Governance and Public Policy, LMU)

Visiting Fellows

Prof. Dr. Michael Blauberger

Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg

Visiting Fellow

Political Sciences

Prof. Frédéric Merand, Ph.D.

Université de Montréal

Visiting Fellow, CAS Research Focus “Order Contestation”

Political Sciences

Prof. Dr. Hélène Miard-Delacroix


Visiting Fellow

Lecture Series "Ach Europa! The Fortunes of a Long-Lasting Concept"

Further Events

  • Lecture by Prof. Dr. Hélène Miard-Delacroix – "1989: Wahrnehmungen und Narrative des Wandels"
    (Summer Semester 2022)
  • Lecture by Prof. Dr. Hugo Meijer – "The Geopolitical Challenge of Our Time: How Europeans Confront the Rise of China"
    (Summer Semester 2022)
  • Lecture by Prof. Dr. Anne Rasmussen – "Interest Groups and Political Representation"
    (Summer Semester 2022)
  • Workshop led by Prof. Dr. Michael Blauberger and Prof. Dr. Berthold Rittberger – "The Multi-Level Politics of Countering Democratic Backsliding"
    (27th February 2023 – 28th February 2023) | (Winter Semester 2022/23)
  • Lecture by Prof. Dr. Prof. Frédéric Mérand, Ph.D. – "Governing Digital Markets in the EU: The Return of French Economic Ideas" (Sommersemester 2023)

Beate Passow, Monkey Business Gibraltar, 2017 (Art at CAS, WS 2019/20)

Beate Passow: Monkey Business, Gibralter

Monkey Business, Gibralter (Tapisserie, 2017) was part of Beate Passow's exhibition at CAS in winter semester 2019/20.

Art at CAS