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RECONNECT High-Level Lecture by Prof. Vivien Schmidt: Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy

Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone

Although ‘Brexit’ and the refugee crisis have grabbed today’s headlines, the European Union’s sovereign debt crisis ; 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 ; 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 ; 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 ; 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)


15 Mar 2019 @ 12:00 pm

15 Mar 2019 @ 02:00 pm

Duration: 2 hours


Norway House

17 Archimedesstraat

1000 Brussel


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Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies

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