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Newsletter, Ed. 15, December 2013


Why are Neo-liberal Ideas so Resilient in Europe?

Credits: Financial Times

 Despite the economic crisis that hit the US and Europe full force in 2008, political leaders have made little attempt to rethink the neo-liberal ideas that are in large part responsible for the boom and bust, let alone to come to terms with how immoderate the ‘Great Moderation’ really was. Much the contrary, neo-liberal ideas continue to be the only ideas available. In the financial markets, where the crisis began, reregulation remains woefully inadequate, while the only ideas in play are neo-liberal, either for more ‘market-enhancing’ regulation or in favor of greater laissez-faire. The biggest puzzle, however, is the response to the crisis by Eurozone countries that have embraced ‘market discipline’ through austerity and, in so doing, have condemned themselves to slow or no growth.

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Vivien Schmidt and Mark Thatcher
Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Boston University
Professor of Comparative Politics and International Studies at the London School of Economics


GR:EEN is a Framework 7 Programme integrated research project focused on the challenges faced by the EU in establishing and enhancing its abilities to operate in a multi-polar world. GR:EEN will study the role of the EU through a programme of stocktaking, multidisciplinary research and activities that aims at understanding of the prospective directions of the global governance structures and Europe’s place in them. Analysis will focus on the extant actors from the 20th century, the 21st century rising powers, the increasingly influential non-state actors and the new transnational regulatory networks of public and private policy makers and regional agencies.

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The European Union and the WTO Post-Bali Work Programme

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Joining the EMU: an analysis of the benefits and challenges of Macedonia’s convergence towards the European economic and monetary union

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Ideas, Power and Change: Explaining EU-Russia Energy Relations

by Caroline Kuzemko (University of Warwick)

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The 9th WTO Ministerial Conference: A victory for the WTO but what next

by Megan Dee (University of Warwick)

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The European Union External Action in Times of Crisis and Change: Impact of Shifts in the Global Order

by Andrew Gamble and Johan Robberecht (Cambridge University, Université Libre de Bruxelles)

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The European Union External Action in Times of Crisis and Change: International Security Challenges and Crisis Response

by Jolyon Howorth and Johan Robberecht (Yale University, Université Libre de Bruxelles)

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The European Union External Action in Times of Crisis and Change: Impact of the Economic and Financial Crisis

by Maria Joao Rodrigues and Johan Robberecht (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

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WANTED! Bringing the European Identity in Post-Election Germany Back In

by Teresa Novotna (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

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Transnational Veto Players and the Practice of Financial Reform

by Eleni Tsingou (Copenhagen Business School)

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The Implications of Counterterrorism Strategies for Human Security in Europe: The cases of Germany, France and the United Kingdom

by Elizabeth Iskander Monier and Oz Hassan (University of Warwick)

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L’Université Libre de Bruxelles on February the 27th organizes in Brussels the AGORA forum “The Eurozone crisis and the transformation of EU governance”.


“Global Reordering and Bretton Woods: Compromise, Dissensus and Europe’s Regulatory Role”, March 17, Warwick.

VIEWS ON THE EU: 15th issue

The next edition of the GR:EEN newsletter will be available online.





On 5 December, FRIDE, in collaboration with the GR:EEN partners, organised in Tokyo the event “The EU, Human Security and Asia-Pacific Strategic Partnerships”.


On 1-2 November, Jonathan Zeitlin (University of Amsterdam) and Charles Sabel (Columbia University) co-hosted the joint WP1 and 6 event “Experimentalist Regimes in Transnational Governance, Amsterdam”.


On 22 October, Brussels, AGORA Forum: Evolutions in the Transatlantic Relationship Within a Multipolar Wolrd – Defensive Move or Constructive Engagement. Among the speakers: Pr. Robert O. KEOHANE (Princeton, USA), Pr. Michael ZÜRN (SWP-Berlin).

The workshop on Multipolar Learning (work package 1) took place at the University of Amsterdam on the 22 and the 23 August.

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