Comment on “La nueva relación entre el Estado y la sociedad”, by José Esteve Pardo

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by Agustín Ruiz Robledo, Professor at Universidad de Granada

Review on the book “La nueva relación entre el Estado y la sociedad”, by José Esteve Pardo, Ed. Martial Pons, Madrid, 2013.

The economic crisis has been studied almost from the moment it broke in front of European’s faces in 2008, a time in which many of us thought that the crisis was a purely American matter. Without intending to be very precise, we could say that this broad collective reflection has produced a specialization among economists, who analyse the causes, and lawyers, who focus on the consequences that the crisis is having on our system. However, José Esteve Pardo, Professor of Administrative Law at the University of Barcelona, has broken this pattern to try an approach to the background of the crisis, a crisis that he considers to be of all European states and not just one in particular. In his thesis, as he advances in the title, he considers that the balance between society and State which was gained in the Occidental world after World War II has been broken. This telluric movement, or “fault” as the author calls it, derives in economic problems, terrible unemployment figures, rampant corruption, etc.

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Best European Fiction 2015

by Alexandra Severino, Managing Editor_
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It is worth reading the very interesting review of the Best European Fiction 2015, edited by West Camel, written on The Guardian by Daniel Hahn.

There are many voices arguing that only art and culture can put the European Union integration process back on its feet and while it is my belief that it is not exactly so, I still find culture and art (literature in this case) to be excellent fuel for getting to know better our European counterparts better and to bond more with the cultures of our Union.

Since the editorial intentions of this blog were to approach and analyse subjects both within and beyond the scope of EU law, I found it worthwile to share the very interesting thoughts of Daniel Hahn on the best European literary fiction.

You may find the review here.