On October 14, I joined the GLOBE Webinar Series at the Leuven Center for Global Governance Studies to discuss my new book, Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone. Prof. Carlos Closa Montero (EUI, CSIC) offered some reflections for discussion before opening to questions from the audience. The discussion, which was attended by over 100 people, was moderated by Kari Otteburn (KU Leuven).
On Tuesday, October 6, I presented my book, Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers, for a virtual seminar at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. The event took place as part of Worldwide Week at Harvard. Jane Mansbridge, Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values at the Harvard Kennedy School, was the Discussant, and Karl Kaiser, Fellow at the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship at the Kennedy’s School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, was the moderator. We had a lively discussion, with over 65 people in attendance on the zoom platform.
Event announcement: https://ces.fas.harvard.edu/events/2020/10/europe-crisis-legitimacy
On Saturday, October 3, I took part in a panel discussion on the future of the global economy. The discussion was part of a series of Alumni Weekend presentations entitled “World in Flux.” Some of the questions we discussed were the future of international development, whether COVID-19 will be the tipping point in a restructuring of the global economic system, and whether pandemic recovery efforts will put the world on a path toward a greener economy.
The other speakers were Kevin Gallagher, Pardee School Professor of Global Development Policy & Director, Global Development Policy Center and Perry Mehrling, Pardee School Professor of International Political Economy. The session was moderated by Adil Najam, Dean of the Pardee School.
On Thursday, September 17, I took part in a webinar organized by BU’s Center for the Study of Europe to promote my new book, Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone. My presentation was followed by remarks by Mark Blyth, William R. Rhodes ’57 Professor of International Economics and Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs at Brown University; Vlad Perju, Director of the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy at Boston College and Professor of Law at Boston College Law School; and Philomila Tsoukala, Professor of Law at Georgetown Law. The event was moderated by Daniela Caruso, Professor of Law and current Director of the Center.
On Tuesday, September 15, I presented Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone for the European Union (EU) Commission’s Directorate General for Economics and Finance (DG ECFIN).
The session was introduced by Marco Buti, Director-General for Economic and Financial Affairs at the European Commission and was moderated by Leila Fernandez-Stembridge, DG ECFIN Deputy Head of Unit of Inter-Institutional Relations and Communication.
The book examines the interrelationship between democratic legitimacy at the European level and the ongoing Eurozone crisis that began in 2010. In my remarks, I also discussed the current pandemic and showed how EU has indeed learned its lessons from the past decade
On October 11, I gave a talk on “Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone” at McGill University’s Jean Monnet Center. The lecture was recorded and is available on YouTube (see below).
Here is an abstract of the talk:
The policies and processes adopted by the EU in the face of the euro crisis have in fact exacerbated long-standing problems of EU legitimacy and solidarity. Democratic legitimacy has suffered because Eurozone policies have failed to produce good outcomes and because EU citizens have even less say than ever over those policies. Indeed, the excessively intergovernmental processes of Eurozone crisis governance—in which the European Central Bank acts, the member-state leaders in the European Council decide, the European Parliament is side-lined, and the European Commission serves as a secretariat—have unbalanced the EU’s long-standing “democratic” settlement in which all three latter institutions pulled their weight. By “governing by the rules” and “ruling by the numbers,” EU institutional actors seem to have forgotten that democratic legitimacy demands not just rules to follow but policies that both work and appeal to the citizens.
On Oct 7, 2018 I participated on the panel “Germany’s Role in the European Union and the Transatlantic Relationship:1998-2018” for the Twentieth Anniversary Celebration of the Center for German and European Studies at Brandeis University: Reflecting on the Past, Envisioning the Future: The Center for German & European Studies at Brandeis turns 20. The panel explored how Germany’s role in Europe shifted between 1998 and 2018, what it means, what effects Brexit and right-wing populism are having, how the EU is dealing with these challenges, and what will likely happen in the coming years. A link to the program can be found here.
I have learned that I will be receiving the European Union Studies Association (EUSA) Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 EUSA International Biennial Conference in Denver next May.
The plenary honoring Schmidt at the conference will include Tanja Börzel (Freie Universität Berlin), Matthias Matthijs (Johns Hopkins University), Kalypso Nicolaïdis (University of Oxford), Fritz Scharpf (Max Planck Institute and recipient of the 2007 EUSA Lifetime Achievement Award), George Ross (Université de Montreal and recipient of 2017 EUSA Lifetime Achievement Award), and Alberta Sbragia (University of Pittsburgh and recipient of 2013 EUSA Lifetime Achievement Award).
More information about the prizes can be found here: https://www.eustudies.org/about/eusa-prizes
The Lifetime Achievement Award honors a scholar in the field of EU studies whose lifetime of research and writing have been important, enduring, and widely felt influences on EU scholarship.
I was at the University of Tampere, Finland, August 27-29 to deliver a keynote presentation entitled “Theorizing the Power of Ideas and Discourse in Governance beyond the Nation-State” for the Sixth Conference on “Power & Governance: Forms, Dynamics, Consequences” at the Institute for Advanced Social Research (IASR).
The agenda of the conference was to probe whether something general can be said about the forms, dynamics and consequences of power and to study what the alternative ways to approach the issue are and what kind of irreconcilable contradictions there are. Plenary sessions were held on the following topics: power relations, global governance, power and knowledge, and critique of power.