Politics in the Time of Global Pandemic

On Wednesday, June 24, alongside Prof. Mahrukh Doctor from the University of Hull, I participated in a panel discussion entitled “Comparing Patchwork Responses to Pandemic,” the first of a virtual nine-week lecture series on the theme of “Politics in the Time of Global Pandemic,” co-sponsored by the Ford Hall Forum and the WGBH Forum and presented by Suffolk University’s Political Science & Legal Studies Department. In my remarks, I discussed how to assess the legitimacy of governments’ crisis responses in the US at both the federal and state levels and in Europe at the EU and member state levels. The panel was moderated by Prof. Sebastián Royo from Suffolk University.

A recording of the event will be available here once it is processed by WGBH.


Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy Presentation for the Bruno Kreisky Forum

I had the opportunity recently, in lieu of a scheduled visit to Vienna, to record a video presentation for the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue on new book, Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone, in which I examine the interrelationship between democratic legitimacy at the European level and the ongoing Eurozone crisis that began in 2010. I discuss the responses of various EU actors to the COVID-19 pandemic and lessons learned from the Eurozone crisis. 

See below for the full video presentation or watch it on YouTubeThe video has a short introduction in German by Eva Nowotny, former Austrian Ambassador in Washington and Curator of the Kreisky Forum, and then I proceed in English (2:10).  

Legitimacy in a time of Covid: Lessons from the Eurozone Crisis

On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, I presented a talk via Zoom entitled, “Legitimacy in a  time of Covid: Lessons from the Eurozone Crisis” for the  Schuman Center at the European University Institute’s seminar series on Covid 19. Drawing on the themes of my recent book – Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers – my presentation focussed on the problems of legitimacy during the Covid-19 crisis, with examples from EU institutional actors as well as from a wide range of countries.

Corona-Crisis: Views from across the Atlantic

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On Tuesday, May 26, I was a speaker, along with Adam S. Posen (The Peterson Institute for International Economics) and Jeffry Frieden (Harvard University), at the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) webinar  “Corona-Crisis: Views from across the Atlantic” on the economic impact of the crisis and policy developments in the US and Europe. The panel discussion was moderated by wiiw economist Michael Landesmann.

The panel addressed the following questions:

  • How does the unfolding Covid-19 crisis compare so far between the US and Europe?
  • How does the EMU/EU governance structure constrain monetary and fiscal responses compared to the US?
  • Which failures in policy can be/could have been avoided?
  • Which social and political outcomes do you expect on both sides of the Atlantic?
  • How will the US and European responses affect global economic and political relations?

[Link to the webinar recording]

European Integration and the Future of EU-UK Relations in Times of COVID-19

On Monday, May 4, I participated in an interview  with Sarah Wolff for the 1st episode of the NEXTEUK Virtual Seminar Series at Queen Mary University in London. In the interview, on the subject of European integration and the future of EU-UK relations in times of COVID-19, I talked about populism, lessons from the Eurozone crisis, the responses of the EU and member-states, and finally what the EU can do. Enjoy!

Between Power and Powerlessness in the Euro Zone Crisis and Thereafter

I have just published an article with Martin Carstensen, Associate Professor at Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School, in the Journal of European Public Policy. The article – “Between power and powerlessness in the euro zone crisis and thereafter” – shows how interaction between EU institutional actors is structured by different kinds of power – coercive, institutional and ideational – and argues that none of these are sufficient on their own for actors to successfully drive the reform process. 

The Varied Responses of EU Institutional Actors to the COVID Crisis

A man wearing a face mask walks past the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on April 9, 2020. ©Reuters/Yves Herman
A man wearing a face mask walks past the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on April 9, 2020. ©Reuters/Yves Herman

On Wednesday, April 29, I served as moderator for the Zoom videoconference: “The Varied Responses of EU Institutional Actors to the COVID Crisis.” Panelists included Sergey Lagodinsky, Green Member of the European Parliament, and André Sapir, Professor of Economics at ULB and Associate of the Breugel think-tank. The event was co-sponsored by Harvard’s Center for European Studies and the Belfer Center’s Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship at Harvard’s Kennedy School. 

Dilemmas for Democratic Legitimacy in the Coronavirus Crisis


On Tuesday, April 28, I gave a presentation entitled “Dilemmas for Democratic Legitimacy in the corona virus crisis, with lessons learned from the Eurozone crisis” as part of a panel on “Democratic Legitimacy and Public Debate in times of Pandemic” for the Zoom video-teleconference “Social Movements and Political Mobilisation in Times of Global Pandemic,” organized by the Copenhagen Center for Political Mobilization and Social Movement Studies (CoMMonS) at the University of Copenhagen. You can view all of the presentations on the Copenhagen Centre for Political Mobilisation and Social Movement Studies Facebook page. You can view my presentation below:

The World after Coronavirus: A Pardee Center Video Series

The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at the Pardee School of Global Studies has launched a new video series called “The World After Coronavirus,” (#WorldAfterCoronaexploring how the future will change after coronavirus. The series will engage leading experts and practitioners from Boston University and across the world to explore the challenges and opportunities we will face in our post-coronavirus future.

I was one of the first experts interviewed in series, which is is hosted by Prof. Adil Najam, Dean of the Pardee School of Global Studies and former Director of the Pardee Center.

Please follow the series on the Pardee Center’s website, as well as on YouTubeTwitter, and Facebook.