On February 22, I gave a presentation “Legitimacy Lost and then Regained? From the Eurozone Crisis to the Covid-19 Pandemic”
for the CEVIPOL seminar series on “Legitimacy” at the University of Brussels.
On February 15th, I took part in a virtual discussion of my new book Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone for SPERI, the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Sheffield. I presented the key arguments of the book the implications for an EU that, with the ongoing pandemic, faces yet another crisis of its political economy (and, potentially, its legitimacy). The event was organised by Dr Owen Parker, Research Fellow at SPERI, who chaired the discussion. Professor Simon Bulmer offered thoughts and reflections on the book, for which I am grateful.
On February 10, I took part in a virtual book round table – “The Eurozone between Perpetual Crisis and A New Paradigm: Looking back to move forward” – with Profs. Featherstone and Papaconstantinou, organized by the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence (JMCE) at the University of Manchester. The discussion on what is at stake for the eurozone in the future after a decade of perpetual crisis was organized by JMCE co-directors Prof. Dimitris Papadimitriou and Paul Tobin.
I was interviewed recently by Spanish weekly Agenda Publica of El País. The topic of discussion was my book Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers (Oxford University Press, 2020). Among other things, I discuss the concept of “legitimacy” as a prism that makes it possible to evaluate what happened in the field of political economy, politics and governance procedures. In my opinion, it is the best way to encompass everything and allows, as an external and internal observer, to examine how actors perceive themselves and try to legitimize and legitimize their policies.
Here is a link to the interview, in Spanish,
On Friday, January 29, I gave a talk for the European Institute of the London School of Economics entitled: “EU Legitimacy and Member-State Politics: Lessons from the Eurozone and Coronavirus.”
The talk was part of a year long series—The European Union in Practice: Politics and Power in the Brussels System—that includes high level EU officials, politicians, and the occasional academic.
In this innovative LSE seminar series, policy practitioners and commentators talk about their experience working in and with the EU institutions. The series is co chaired by two visiting professors in practice at the European Institute: Anthony Teasdale, Director General of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) and former Special Adviser, FCO and HM Treasury; and Dr Martin Westlake, former Secretary General of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges.
At the end of November, I did a long interview with Irene van der Linde for the Dutch weekly De Groene Amsterdammer. The piece (in Dutch) was published on January 6. Among other things, I discuss the shift in EU leadership in response to the coronavirus and how it marks a new, more promising direction for Europe.
I had the chance to talk about my book on the latest episode of FEPS Talks with David Rinaldi, FEPS Director of Studies & Policy. FEPS Talks is the podcast series of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies. Among other topics, we discussed the current health crisis and the democratic process of EU decision-making and its legitimacy. While legitimacy has improved, I suggest there’s still much to improve on the “input legitimacy” for this recovery. A Grand Monetary Dialogue and a participatory process for the European Semester, both involving civil society and social partners, are needed if Europe wants to secure legitimacy of its actions going forward.
I recently had the chance to discuss Europe’s crisis of legitimacy and the interrelationship between democratic legitimacy at the European level and the ongoing Eurozone crisis – the subject of my latest book, Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone, on the Social Europe Podcast.
The podcast explores cutting-edge thinking on politics, economy and employment & labor with some of the most thought-provoking people around, including Nobel Prize winners and other internationally acclaimed experts. I talked about wavering trust in governing activities and authorities in the Eurozone and the different measures of governing legitimacy I use to gauge European Union actors’ legitimacy in the aftermath the Eurozone Crisis.
I was quoted on the paradigm shift in EU’s Covid-19 rescue package compared to the EU’s policy approach after the 2008 financial crisis in a December 6 Wall Street Journal article by Paul Hannon entitled, “Europe Seeks to Boost Pandemic-Damaged Economy by Spending.”
The rescue deal allows for transfers within the bloc to the regions most badly hit by the pandemic and most in need of funds – very similar to what happens in the United States on a routine basis. There has also been a change in monetary policy, allowing for easier borrowing by states in need of fiscal stimulus.
I have just been awarded an Honorary Professorship in the Department of Political Science at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, for a three-year term. I was very surprised and pleased to receive this unexpected honor. In Europe, to be named Honorary Professor is one of the most prestigious awards a University can grant to someone who is not a member of their faculty. It signals their appreciation of a person’s scholarship along with interest in maintaining close ties with them in both research and teaching venues. I have already been a visiting professor at LUISS in the School of Government for a number of years, conducting a short-term seminar in Rome once a year in late spring. This takes the relationship to a new level for the next three years. I am truly honored, and delighted!