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High-level Lecture: Europe's Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone

Institutional and Political Issues
Date: Friday, 15 March 2019

Venue: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Brussels

15 March 2019 | 12:00 - 14:00

Although ‘Brexit’ and the refugee crisis have grabbed today’s headlines, the European Union’s sovereign debt crisis continues.  The Eurozone’s comparatively poor economic performance and continued political divisiveness have combined with processes focused on ‘governing by rules and ruling by numbers’ to generate an on-going crisis not just of economics and politics but also of democratic legitimacy. 

Professor Schmidt argues that the EU’s (euro) crisis of legitimacy centers on problems related to (a lack of) policy effectiveness, political responsiveness, and procedural quality.  But she also contends that in pursuit of legitimacy as much as in response to deteriorating economics and increasing political volatility, EU institutional actors—ECB, Council, Commission, and EP—incrementally reinterpreted the rules and recalibrated the numbers ‘by stealth,’ that is, without admitting it in their public discourse.  To theorize about such processes of ideational innovation and discursive legitimation during the Eurozone crisis, Prof. Schmidt uses the neo-institutionalist framework of discursive institutionalism.


Chair: Prof. Jan Wouters (RECONNECT Coordinator, Director of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies)

 

Sandwiches will be served from 12:00 - 12:30. Participation is free, but we kindly ask you to confirm your attendance by 

March 13th.

 

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