Why Does the EU Have a Legitimacy Problem: Interview on Rhodes Center Podcast

I had the opportunity recently to discuss Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone on Brown University’s Rhodes Center Podcast. The podcast was hosted by Mark Blyth, Rhodes Center Director and Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs. We discussed the subject of my book, namely, why the EU seems to have a constant legitimacy problem within its own membership what this means for Europe and the world. I also shared my concern that the issues of governing legitimacy revealed during the Eurozone crisis may rear their head again during the current COVID-19 crisis.

Listen to the full interview on SoundCloud:

Capitalism in a Time of Pandemic

Yesterday, August 5, I participated in a three-person panel discussion yesterday on “Capitalism in a time of Pandemic.” The videoconference was the fifth in a cycle of conferences on “The End of an Era: Where is politics going?” organized by the Universidad de Diego Portales and the Chilean Office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Santiago. 

Joining me on the panel were Kenneth Roberts, Professor of Political Science at Cornell University and an expert on Latin American Politics, and Nicolas Eyzaguirre, the former Finance Minister during the government of Ricardo Lago and the second government of Michelle Bachelet in Chile.

My comments in response to a series of three questions were all focused on Europe, and in particular whether this time was different for the EU in terms of the resilience of neo-liberal economic policies, meaning today’s pandemic in contrast with the Eurozone crisis, the role of technocrats in the EU, and the future of Green politics and the transition to more sustainable environmental policy.

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Book Presentation at SASE 2020 Virtual Conference

On Saturday, July 18,  I presented my book, Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy:  Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone,  for an “Author meets Critics” session at the 2020 – Virtual Conference: Development Today: Accumulation, Surveillance, Redistribution. The event was originally scheduled to take place in Amsterdam.

My book examines the interrelationship between democratic legitimacy at the European level and the ongoing Eurozone crisis that began in 2010. Using the lens of democratic theory, it examines the crisis in terms of the policies, politics, and processes surrounding it, and the nature and interactions of elements that scholars and policy analysts tend to deal with separately. These include the political-economic structures and policies that contribute to the economic (output) performance, the political institutions and interactions that affect the (input) politics, and the governance rules and networks that make up the (throughput) processes. 

The session was moderated by Eleni Tsingou. Discussants were Cornel Ban, John W. Cioffi, Amandine Crespy, and Jonathan Zeitlin.


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.