Speaker series 2018: “Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy”
As part of its 2018 speaker series, the Jean Monnet Center Montréal is pleased to welcome Vivien Schmidt (Boston University) to McGill University on September 11th. Her talk will deal with “Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone”.
Thursday, 11 October 2018, 3pm
McGill University, Leacook building, room 429 (855, Sherbrooke street, Montréal)
The policies and processes adopted by the EU in the face of the euro crisis have in fact exacerbated long-standing problems of EU legitimacy and solidarity. Democratic legitimacy has suffered because Eurozone policies have failed to produce good outcomes and because EU citizens have even less say than ever over those policies. Indeed, the excessively intergovernmental processes of Eurozone crisis governance—in which the European Central Bank acts, the member-state leaders in the European Council decide, the European Parliament is side-lined, and the European Commission serves as a secretariat—have unbalanced the EU’s long-standing “democratic” settlement in which all three latter institutions pulled their weight. By “governing by the rules” and “ruling by the numbers,” EU institutional actors seem to have forgotten that democratic legitimacy demands not just rules to follow but policies that both work and appeal to the citizens.