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. Moving beyond the crisis perspective, this project pays special attention to those dimensions of European integration that are often overlooked. It examines forms of continuity, stability, and renewal and draws on examples from history and our own times. Such dynamics are often hidden and beyond the focus of public debates. While the EU has been put under a lot of pressure, order contestation has often resulted in reformatting, reshaping, and reinforcing existing arrangements, not in institutional demise or discontinuation.


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 (Political Science, LMU)
  • Prof. Dr. Nicole Bolleyer (Comparative Political Science, LMU)
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Haltern (Public Law, European Union Law, and Philosophy of Law, LMU)
  • Dr. Lisbeth Matzer (Modern History, LMU)
  • Dr. Thomas Rohringer (Modern History, LMU)
  • Prof. Dr. Juliane Prade-Weiss (Institute of General and Comparative Literature Studies, LMU)
  • Prof. Dr. Laura Seelkopf (International Comparative Public Policy, LMU)
  • PD Dr. Moritz Weiss (Political Science, LMU)
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Wirsching (Contemporary History, LMU / Institute for Contemporary History)
  • Prof. Dr. Bernhard Zangl (Global Governance and Public Policy, LMU)

Visiting Fellows

Prof. Dr. Michael Blauberger

Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg

Political Sciences

Prof. Frédéric Merand, Ph.D.

Université de Montréal

Political Sciences

Prof. Dr. Hélène Miard-Delacroix


Modern History

Prof. Sanne Verschuren, Ph.D.

Boston University

International Security

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

Videos of the Lecture Series