Presentation and discussion of the latest book “on Europe” of the American political scientist Vivien A. Schmidt: “Europe’s crisis of legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone” – Thursday 27 May at 5.30 pm (Zoom)
« Europe’s crisis of legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone »
Vivien A. SCHMIDT
Thursday 27th, May – 5:30 pm
Vivien A. SCHMIDT, is Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Professor of International Relations in the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and Professor of Political Science at Boston University, as well as Founding Director of BU’s Center for the Study of Europe.
SCHMIDT Vivien A., Europe’s crisis of legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2020, 384 pages.
“This volume examines the interrelationship between democratic legitimacy at the European level and the ongoing Eurozone crisis that began in 2010.
Europe’s crisis of legitimacy stems from ‘governing by rules and ruling by numbers’ in the sovereign debt crisis, which played havoc with the eurozone economy while fueling political discontent. Using the lens of democratic theory, the book assesses the legitimacy of EU governing activities first in terms of their procedural quality (‘throughput),’ by charting EU actors’ different pathways to legitimacy, and then evaluates their policy effectiveness (‘output’) and political responsiveness (‘input’). In addition to an engaging and distinctive analysis of Eurozone crisis governance and its impact on democratic legitimacy, the book offers a number of theoretical insights into the broader question of the functioning of the EU and supranational governance more generally. It concludes with proposals for how to remedy the EU’s problems of legitimacy, reinvigorate its national democracies, and rethink its future.”
- Muriel ROUYER, Professor of political science at the University of Nantes (DCS) and Senior Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation (Harvard Kennedy School).
- Morgane DELORME, PhD student in political science at the University of Nantes (DCS) and in philosophy at the University of Montreal (CRE).
Language : Please note that the presentation of the book as well as the discussion will be in English. However, as the author is perfectly bilingual in French and English, it will be possible for the audience to ask questions in French.
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