The essential purpose of YouGov-Cambridge is to bring pollsters and subject experts together to co-produce world-leading opinion-research. This collaboration has now been expanded to include a powerful third element – a research partnership with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).
RUSI is the world’s oldest think-tank and Britain’s leading centre for defence and security studies. The new YouGov-Cambridge/ RUSI partnership thereby creates a powerful ‘triangle of expertise’ on defence and foreign affairs that includes pollster, university expert and professional policy-analyst.
We launch this partnership with contribution to a RUSI research paper on “Rethinking Europe: The Federalist Choice for a Continent in Crisis”, with fellow authors including Lord Mandelson, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Dr Jonathan Eyal, Professor Brendan Simms, Declan Ganely et.al.
The European Union has entered the second decade of the twenty-first century in bad shape. At the heart of its problems is an inadequately designed currency union, the weaknesses of which have been terribly exposed by the 2008 banking crisis and the current crisis of Eurozone debt.
But in reality this crisis, and the prescription of a big new leap into fiscal union, has exposed the greater crisis in Europe – that of political legitimacy. The challenge for the EU now is to overcome these problems in a way that helps resolve this ambiguity, not make the crisis of legitimacy worse.
Can Europe learn from America’s experience of continental federalism? Is Europe’s problem a democratic or delivery deficit at the level of its institutions, or is it a more profound issue of identity and solidarity? This selection of papers offer various views on the way forward for Europe out of the present financial and political turmoil - and the decisions that may come to define a generation of Europeans.
Introduction: When Democratic and Fiscal Deficits Combine
Future Constellations of Europe: Strategic Reflections
The Democratic Inadequacies of the Proposed Fiscal Compact
Alexander Hamilton and the Debts that Helped Create the United States
Declan Ganley and Brendan Simms
Could America’s Founding Fathers Save Europe?
Joel Faulkner Rogers and Sean Kirwan
A Sceptical Perspective
Europe’s Halfway House