The Discursive Construction of Discontent: Varieties of Populist Anti-System Ideas and Discursive Interactions in Europe.

This recently published article comes out of my Guggenheim Fellowship project on the rise of populism. It builds on existing scholarship on populism while shifting the lens to focus on the ideational and discursive dynamics of populist power. 

“The Discursive Construction of Discontent:  Varieties of Populist Anti-System Ideas and Discursive Interactions in Europe.” Journal of European Integration published online (February 2022) 

Ideas and Power in Employment Relations Studies

This co-authored article serves as the theoretical introduction to a symposium issue of the journal Industrial Relations.

Citation:
“Power and Ideas in Employment Relations Studies” (with Martin Carstensen and Christian Lyhne Ibsen) Introduction to Symposium Issue:  “Ideas in Employment Relations Studies.” Industrial Relations  vol. 61, no. 1 (2022): 3-21 

European economic governance: Past errors and future promises

A piece I wrote for the French journal Politique Étrangère, which is published by the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI), appeared in the winter 2021 issue. It compares the problematic policies of the European Union during the Eurozone Crisis with the more promising responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Citation:
“Gouvernance économique : l’UE entre erreurs passées et promesses d’avenir,” Politique Étrangère  no. 4 (2021): 95-109.

Causes for Optimism in 2022

In this comment on future prospects for 2022, prepared for the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) Progressive Yearbook (January 26, 2022), I express cautious optimism for the future of economic governance and democracy in the European Union. 

The shift in economic ideas – from the obsession with deficit and debt to a focus on investment for the green transition and the digital transformation while addressing social inequality at the same time – should largely be credited with this turnaround in economic prospects. But EU economic governance has also played an important role, as it has moved from a largely top-down exercise to a more bottom-up one in which national capitals are now in the driver’s seat through their National Resilience and Recovery Plans (NRRPs).

Read the full text of my comments here: https://www.feps-europe.eu/attachments/publications/pyb2022%20vivien%20a%20schmidt.pdf

What to Expect in 2022?

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As part of a survey of the International Institute for Peace’s (IPP) advisory board and affiliated experts, I recently shared my comments on what the coming year would bring. I spoke about China's pivot towards Eurasia and the emerging ideological struggle between so-called “democracies” and “authoritative regimes.”

Contributors came from various countries and backgrounds in the world. The IPP outlook focused on the most pressing issues facing the world today: Great Power conflict, U.S., China, Russia, Taiwan, Ukraine, the Middle East, nuclear weapons, cyber-security, and more.

To read full response as well as other IIP experts, visit the IIP website.As part of a survey of the International Institute for Peace’s (IPP) advisory board and affiliated experts, Vivien Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and Professor of International Relations and Political Science at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, offered her thoughts on what the coming year would bring.