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How to democratise Europe? - ACELG - University of Amsterdam

Amsterdam
© PDC
datum 16 september 2019 20:00 - 21:30
plaats Amsterdam
locatie Spui 25-27, 1012 XM Toon locatie
aanwezigen D.K. (Daniel) Mügge e.a.
organisatie Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA)

Four French social scientists, Stéphanie Hennette, Thomas Piketty, Guillaume Sacriste, and Antoine Vauchez , have written the T-Dem proposal, a draft treaty establishing a parliamentary assembly for the Eurozone. During this event, Antoine Vauchez will discuss the T-Dem proposal and the key issues raised by ensuing debate with an interdisciplinary group of lawyers and political scientists from the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES).

 

Date

16 September 2019

Time

20:00 - 21:30

Summary

The European Union is facing a number of structural problems, one of which is the economic management of the Eurozone, comprised by the nineteen countries that use the Euro. Among the grievances is the charge that Eurozone policies serve large and wealthy countries at the expense of poorer nations. It is also unclear who within the Eurozone decides economic policy, how the interests of diverse member states are balanced, and to whom the decision-makers are accountable.

In an initiative to address these concerns, four French social scientists, Stéphanie Hennette, Thomas Piketty, Guillaume Sacriste, and Antoine Vauchez, have responded with a draft treaty establishing a parliamentary assembly for the Eurozone, its members drawn mainly from national parliaments.

This ‘T-Dem’ proposal has been translated into multiple languages, including Dutch and English, and has sparked a wide international debate, a selection of which has recently been published as How to Democratize Europe.

Antoine Vauchez, one of the co-authors, will discuss the T-Dem proposal and the key issues raised by ensuing debate with an interdisciplinary group of lawyers and political scientists from the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES), followed by Q&A with the audience.

About the speakers

Antoine Vauchez is CNRS Research Professor and Director of the European Centre for Sociology and Political Science at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. He has published widely on the relationship between professional expertise and politics in the European integration process. He is the author of Brokering Europe: Euro-Lawyers and the Making of a Transnational Polity (Cambridge University Press, 2015), as well as several recent articles on economists, central banks, and EU economic governance. He is a co-author of the ‘T-Dem’ proposal and How to Democratize Europe (Harvard University Press, 2019).

Nik de Boer is Assistant Professor in Constitutional Law at the UvA. His research focuses on constitutional law, EU law and political theory. His 2018 PhD thesis ‘Judging European Democracy’ was awarded the triennial Dissertation Prize of the Dutch Association of Constitutional Law.

Christina Eckes is Professor of European Law at the UvA, and Director of the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG). Her current research interests include integration and disintegration dynamics in EU law and the legal limits to European integration. Her latest book is EU Powers Under External Pressure. How the EU’s External Actions Alter Its Internal Structures (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Jonathan Zeitlin is Distinguished Faculty Professor of Public Policy and Governance in the Department of Political Science at the UvA, and Academic Director of ACES. His current research focuses on new forms of 'experimentalist' governance within and beyond the EU. He has recently guest edited special issues of the European Journal of Public Policy on ‘EU Socio-Economic Governance since the Crisis’ (2018) and ‘The European Union beyond the Polycrisis?’ (2019).

Daniel Mügge is Professor of Political Arithmetic at the Political Science Department of the UvA. His research focuses on the political economy of macroeconomic indicators and the political origins of the formulas through which we calculate them. He is the Principal Investigator of the Fickle Formulas project, which is supported by a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant and a Dutch Scientific Research Council (NWO) Vidi grant. He has also published widely on financial regulation within and beyond the EU, including Widen the Market, Narrow the Competition: Banker Interests and the European Capital Market (ECPR Press, 2010, based on his prize-winning PhD thesis) and Europe and the Governance of Global Finance (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Registration

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