Category: Articles

Why Are Neoliberal Ideas So Resilient?

Given the abject failure of the neo-liberal policy offer, why has it persisted as the dominant approach to European policymaking and is there any way out? Vivien Schmidt and Mark Thatcher address this question in an opinion piece for the online think-tank Policy Network. The piece builds on their argument in their co-edited book, Resilient […]

The Eurozone Crisis Challenge to Democracy: Which Way Forward?

Does the euro crisis ring the death knell for European citizens’ influence in the EU decision-making process? During the eurozone crisis, decision-making has become more and more remote from the citizens, as EU member-state leaders in the Council have taken most of the initiatives. This has altered the EU’s ‘democratic’ settlement (which expects a relative […]

Vivien Schmidt testimony before the European Parliament

On October 4, 2012, Vivien gave testimony to the European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee, which held an all-day inquiry into European Governance and the Future of Europe. Her policy brief – EU Differentiated Integration and the Role of the EU Political Economy [download pdf] – addressed specifically “Multi-tier Governance and EU Political Economy.” On October […]

EU Austerity Measures: Why The Nobel Peace Prize Matters

By Vivien Schmidt and Cornel Ban In receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, the leaders of the European Union should not only take a moment to feel justifiable pride in the recognition of the EU’s past accomplishments, but they should also take a moment to reflect on what they’re doing today in the midst of the […]

Can the EU Bicycle Turn into a Jet Plane by 2020?

As part of the EuroFuture paper series, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is releasing a paper “Can the EU Bicycle Turn into a Jet Plane by 2020?,“ by Vivien A. Schmidt, the Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration at Boston University. Schmidt explains that the theory goes that the EU only […]

Eurozone Crisis Reveals Lack of Clear Leadership

Most of the attention to the eurozone crisis in the business pages of US newspapers is on economics. Will eurozone countries default on their debt? Are the spreads on debt too high to be sustainable? Are the banks the real risk? Will the euro break up with a Greek exit? Or will it be Germany? […]

Democratizing the Eurozone

In recent months, more and more attention has been focused on the failure of the Eurozone leaders’ policies of fiscal consolidation, with growth presented as the alternative. The problems for the Eurozone stem not just from the policies, however.  They also come from the governance processes and the politics—or lack thereof. The main problem for […]

Europe 2012: The Devil Is in the Details

The big question for the EU in 2012 is not only: “will it solve the debt crisis?” It is also: “will it survive the solution?” Lurking behind the debt crisis is a growth crisis, in particular with austerity policies imposed across Member States, along with a competitiveness crisis for Southern Europe. These three crises will […]

Saving the Euro Will Mean Worse Choices for Europe

Charting the Disastrous Choices Ahead Markets are reeling because Europe’s leaders have only offered up half-measures to resolve the crisis. Not until Brussels, Paris, and Berlin realize the fundamental flaw in their current approach — a lack of real political and economic integration across the eurozone — will there be an end in sight. The […]

Can Technocratic Government be Democratic?

The resignations of Papandreou in Greece and Berlusconi in Italy, replaced by technocratic governments, have raised questions about the democracy of technocracy. These questions only gain in intensity when we add the EU Commission’s increasing powers of surveillance of member states’ national budgets, let alone those of the Troika (IMF, European Central Bank, and EU […]