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GLOBE Webinar: Vivien Schmidt - Europe's Crisis of Legitimacy:

Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone

14 October 2020 - 15:00 - 16:00 CET

Vivien Schmidt (Boston University) joins the GLOBE Webinar Series to discuss her latest book, "Europe's Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone" (Oxford UP 2020). Carlos Closa Montero (EUI, CSIC) will offer some reflections for discussion before a Q&A with the audience.

About the book: 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.

About the author: Vivien A. Schmidt is Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Professor of International Relations, and Professor of Political Science at Boston University. During a distinguished career she has published a number of volumes including, Democracy in Europe (OUP, 2006) and The Futures of European Capitalism (OUP, 2002).

Discussant: Carlos Closa Montero (European University Institute; Spanish National Research Council)
Moderator: Kari Otteburn (Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven) 

Participation is free and the webinar can be joined from anywhere in the world.


Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program, the Project “Global Governance and the European Union: Future Trends and Scenarios” (GLOBE) addresses the strategic priorities identified in the EU Global Strategy such as – trade, development, security and climate change – as well as migration and global finance, in order to identify the major roadblocks to effective and coherent global governance by multiple stakeholders in a multipolar world. GLOBE seeks to provide policy makers, academics and the general public with an analytical grip on the state of play in global governance, by developing new theoretical and methodological approaches. It also hopes to equip national and European policy makers with tools to identify constraints and opportunities in a set of global governance scenarios for 2030 and 2050.



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Duration: 1 hours


Organised by

Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven

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