New Economics Senior Fellow at the ZOE Institute (2022-23)

I was recently asked to be a New Economics Senior Fellow at the ZOE Institute for Future-Fit Economies for 2022-23. ZOE is a research institute and think tank focused on developing solutions and initiating changes that enable a good life within planetary boundaries. They are engaging with policymakers on how to address the economic challenges of today and of the future.

 

Interview on South African Television

On Saturday, April 23, I was interviewed on the French elections (to be held on April 24) by the South African Television news Channel SABC for their News Program “The Globe 2020 SABC NEWS.” The main focus of the questions was what would happen were Marine Le Pen elected President of the French Republic, with questions focused on what she would do in France and in Europe, and what would the implications be for the rest of the globe, and in particular Africa.  My main response was that it would be a disaster all around—for France in terms of civil rights, Europe in terms of joint responses to crises, and Africa in terms of an even greater hardening of immigration policy.

 

EU IDEA Horizon 2020 – Final Conference

 

I was in Brussels this week, on April 21, 2022, to speak at the final conference of the EU IDEA Horizon 2020 project. I was on the final panel opposite Herman van Rompuy, President Emeritus of the European Council (2009-2014), in which we both addressed the topic: “A differentiated Union in a complex world.”  While the former President of the European Council discussed global issues and the clash of values in the world today, and how they affect the European Union, I discussed the clash of “big ideas,” including neo-liberalism, populism, and progressivism. I focused on the critical elections in France on Sunday, April 24, and their potential impact on Europe.  I offered a pessimistic view of what would happen were Marine Le Pen to win and implement her pledge to turn the European Union into a “Europe of Nations,” down-grading human rights, an optimistic view were Macron to win and to implement all of his visionary promises, and a realistic view, in which the EU continues to muddle through, doing a bit better in all areas.

See the program here.

Discourse Analysis Workshop in Florence

On April 11, I delivered the opening keynote lecture for a two-day workshop on Discourse Analysis organized by PhD students at the European University Institute in Florence.  I was asked to discuss the epistemological and ontological underpinnings of discourse analysis and did so by elaborating on my analytic framework of “discursive institutionalism.” I focused on the substantive content of ideas and the interactive processes of discourse in institutional context, and in particular on the historical and philosophical background of interpretive approaches in political science as well as in the philosophy of science and social science.

 

The French Elections and Their Meaning for Europe

On April 8, I participated on a panel entitled “The critical French elections and their meaning for Europe” at the Delphi Economic Forum in Delphi, Greece.  The forum is a yearly event gathering political, business, and academic leaders from Greece and around world to discuss the so-called “big issues” in a variety of fields, from business and economics to politics and the classics.  

At the event, I discussed the dangers for the European Union as well as for France were Marine Le Pen to win in the second round of the French Presidential elections, and then explained why President Macron has been a visionary leader for the EU so far, and would likely be a progressive force in the next few years were he re-elected.

Dialoghi sull’Europa at Università Sapienza

On Friday, April 1, 2022, I gave a talk as part of the “Dialoghi sull’Europa” (Discussions on Europe) sponsored by the Political Science Department at Università Sapienza in Rome.  My topic was “Il governo della crisi economica nell'Unione europea. Dagli errori del passato alle promesse post-pandemia” (Economic Crisis Management in the EU:  From past errors to future promises in the pandemic and beyond). The two-hour event, attended by PhD students and professors, was moderated by Prof. Giovanni Moro was the moderator.  HuffPost Italy correspondent Angela Mauro was the commentator.

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