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.