The Future of American European Relations

During the summer of 2008, we are releasing events from our archive. This lecture – “The Future of American-European Relations” by Kurt Biedenkopf – took place at the Institute for Human Sciences at Boston University on April 15, 2003. Biedenkopf’s expertise in transatlantic issues has made him one of the foremost analysts of German-American relations in recent years. Responding is Professor Peter Hall of Harvard University’s Center for European Studies. The lecture aired on WBUR, New England’s largest public radio station on May 4, 2003. We are grateful to WBUR for making the recording available to EU for You.

Kurt Biedenkopf is a leading CDU politician in Germany. From 1990 to 2002 he was Minister-President of the Free State of Saxony, where he played a crucial role in modernizing the eastern German state. A scholar of political science and law, Professor Biedenkopf is a visiting professor at the Universit├Ąt Leipzig. He is an expert in transatlantic issues as well as in the effects of globalization. He studied political science at Davidson College and law and economics in Munich, Frankfurt and at Georgetown University. Professor Biedenkopf is now the Chairman of the Hertie School of Governance, Germany’s first Professional School for Public Policy. He was a member of the Bundestag from 1976 to 1980 and again from 1987 to 1990.

Peter A. Hall is the Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies at Harvard University. After completing a B.A. in economics and political science at the University of Toronto and an M. Phil. at Balliol College, Oxford, he worked in Ottawa as a parliamentary assistant before taking a Ph.D. at Harvard in 1982. His books include Governing the Economy, which won the Woodrow Wilson Award for the best book in political science published in 1986, The Political Power of Economic Ideas (1989) and Varieties of Capitalism: The Institutional Foundations of Comparative Advantage (edited with David Soskice 2001). Dr. Hall is the author of over fifty articles on comparative public policy-making, comparative political economy, and institutional analysis, for which he has received several prizes.

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