On Monday, April 12, I was a speaker on a panel entitled “The New EU Economic Policy after Covid-19 and Next Generation EU” as part of the day-long high level conference “An Economy that Works for the People: Beyond Brexit and Covid-19.” Organized by the the DCU Brexit Institute in Dublin in the framework of the Jean Monnet Project RELAY, an EU-funded Erasmus+ project, coordinated by the University of Maastricht and involving a number of partners across Europe, the aim of the conference was to to assess the policy priorities of the new European Commission. The event, which featured a keynote speech by Mr. Paolo Gentiloni, European Commissioner in charge of Economic Affairs, took stock of the major developments which Next Generation EU, the post-pandemic recovery fund, represents for the future of the European Union. [Download the conference program]
On March 8, 2021, I gave a presentation entitled“Discursive Institutionalism: Analyzing the Power of Ideas and Discourse in Institutional Context” for a research seminar series on Law, Democracy and Welfare (RDV) hosted by a university consortium in the West of Norway.
The seminar series is based on a collaboration between the Research Group Law, Democracy and Welfare at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, the Center for Research on Discretion and Paternalism at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory at the University of Bergen, and the Center for Law and Social Transformation at the University of Bergen. The seminar series’ field of interest is located at the interplay between law, welfare, and democracy, with a focus both on the effects different legal constructions have on the liberty and social and political participation of vulnerable groups and on of welfare services practice and decision-making.
« La BCE devrait avoir un mandat politique clair qui expliciterait quels objectifs secondaires sont les plus pertinents pour l’UE »
I was co-signer (with seven other experts) to a comment in the French newspaper Le Monde that argued that to ensure that the ECB does more with regard to its secondary objectives, the ECB needs political guidance from the European Parliament and arguably the Council.
On March 15, 2021, I gave gave an online Book Talk on European’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone for the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS).
The event – Legitimacy and Power in the EU: Lessons from the Eurozone and Coronavirus Crises – was moderated by Anthony Teasdale, head of the European Parliamentary Research Service, and featured Jim Cloos, who recently retired from the Council secretariat to become Secretary General of TEPSA, as a discussant. After briefly introducing my reasons for writing the book, I set out its main arguments and reflected on its implications for the current coronavirus crisis.
My congratulations to Christina J. Schneider, Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego, who received the top prize for The Responsive Union: National Elections and European Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2019).
We will be honored in person at EUSA’s Biennial Meeting in May 2022.
On February 15th, I took part in a virtual discussion of my new bookEurope’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozonefor 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 byDr Owen Parker, Research Fellow at SPERI, who chaired the discussion.Professor Simon Bulmeroffered 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 Hernán Garcés for the 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.
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.