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.

The Euro at 20: Past, Present, and Future at Middlebury College

On Friday, October 25, I was at Middlebury College in Vermont, for the annual International Political Economy symposium on “The Euro at 20: Past, Present, and Future.”  I was one of three keynote speakers, presenting on “Europe’s (euro) Crisis of Legitimacy and the Populist Backlash.” The other speakers were historian Harold James (Princeton), and economist Thierry Warin (Skema Business School).


Webinar: RECONNECT Horizon 2020 project

On Wednesday Oct 23, I was the featured speaker for a webinar of the RECONNECT Horizon 2020 project.  The event had approximately 100 registrations, with approximately following the event live.  Using PowerPoint, I presented my forthcoming book with Oxford University Press: Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy:  Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone.

In the webinar I discuss how the EU’s (euro) crisis of legitimacy centers on problems related to (a lack of) policy effectiveness, political responsiveness, and procedural quality.  I also contend that in pursuit of legitimacy as much as in response to deteriorating economics and increasing political volatility, EU institutional actors—ECB, Council, Commission, and EP—incrementally reinterpreted the rules and recalibrated the numbers ‘by stealth,’ that is, without admitting it in their public discourse.  To theorize about such processes of ideational innovation and discursive legitimation during the Eurozone crisis, I use the neo-institutionalist framework of discursive institutionalism. Prof. Kolja Raube (Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven) served as discussant. The webinar was moderated by Alex Andrione-Moylan (Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven).

Europe’s Travails: Forging a French-German Response in an Era of Transatlantic Disequilibrium

On Monday, October 22, I took part in a European Economic Policy Forum event at Harvard’s Center for European Studies. The discussion, entitled “Europe’s Travails: Forging a French-German Response in an Era of Transatlantic Disequilibrium,” was sponsored by the European Economic Policy Forum with the support o the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States. The panel, consisting of Henrik Enderlein, President and Professor of Political Economy, Hertie School; Jean Pisani-Ferry,Senior Professor of Economics and Public Management, Hertie School; Senior Fellow, Bruegel; Jeffrey Frankel,James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth, Harvard Kennedy School, and myself, explored the implications of the divisions in Europe over issues such as migration and border control, fiscal policy and rule of law, among others, on le couple franco-allemand.

The Political Science 400

ps__political-science-politic1sI am thrilled to share that I have been named as one of the 100 currently most-cited scholars, the 25 most-cited in my PhD cohort, and the 40 most-cited women scholars by PS: Political Science & Politics, one of the American Political Science Association’s official journals.

The Political Science 400 “identifies the 400 most highly cited scholars in the profession who are currently teaching at PhD-granting departments in the United States, with their primary appointment in that department, by tallying the citations to lifetime bodies of work in all journals and books. It includes citation data from when scholars began receiving citations to their most recent work.”

You can read the full article here.

WorldBoston Talk on Populism in Europe

I gave a talk last week on “The Rise of Populism” as part of WorldBoston’s Great Decisions series. The series is the largest nonpartisan public education program on international affairs in the world. Created in the 1950s by the Foreign Policy Association, a sister World Affairs Council, Great Decisions engages citizens in learning about critical global issues and U.S. foreign policy.

You can watch the talk here:

I covered a range of topics including how mass migration and the problems associated with it have directly abetted the rise of populist parties in Europe. I also looked at how opposition to immigration became the prime driver of support for Brexit, brought a far-right party to the German Bundestag for the first time since the 1950s, and propelled Marine Le Pen to win a third of the vote in the French presidential elections. In addition to calling for stronger borders, these parties are invariably illiberal, anti-American, anti-NATO and pro-Kremlin, making their rise a matter of serious concern for the national security interests of the United States.

WorldBoston fosters engagement in international affairs and cooperation with peoples of all nations. Through nationally-recognized global engagement and citizen diplomacy programs and community events, every year WorldBoston provides people from all over the world – and people right here – hundreds of opportunities for learning and connection. The WorldBoston community includes professionals in every field, including government, business, media, education, science, and the arts; young people; and citizen diplomats.