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Center for Policy Studies

Public Affairs Discussion Group

The European Economy and EU Politics

Elliot Posner, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Political Science at Case Western Reserve University
Friday September 28, 2012
12:30-1:30 p.m.
***Special Location: Mather House 100***
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues:

The world economy is moving into its fifth year of financial crisis (counting from the collapse of Lehman Brothers), and the recent phase has been dominated by worries about the Eurozone.

The economic concerns include not only sovereign defaults, but how the policies to avoid default could deepen recessions in those countries; how those recessions or the costs of subsidies to avoid them may weaken the richer economies of Europe; whether the Euro itself, a major currency, can survive the pressures; and what a Eurocollapse might do to the world economy.

Then there’s the politics: what the economic crisis and conflict will do to (or maybe for?) the six-decade-long effort to integrate Europe, based on a community of shared economic interest, and so overcome the tensions that plunged the world into war twice in the twentieth century.

Professor Posner’s research focuses on the EU’s effect on European markets and economic regulation. He spent 2011-12 on sabbatical at Sciences-Po in Paris and the Bruegel Institute in Brussels. His expertise should provoke a good discussion of one of the most important issues in the world today.

All best regards,
Joe White
Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Director, Center for Policy Studies

About Our Guest...

Elliot Posner’s research focuses on institutional change and innovation, the sources of international regulatory power and cooperation, and the nature of markets. Much of his recent work pursues these topics in the context of political battles over the rules governing finance in the European Union, the Transatlantic arena and international bodies. His book, The Origins of Europe’s New Stock Markets (Harvard University Press, 2009), explores the causes of the EU’s emergence as a regional and global financial player and addresses classic and new questions about the origins of markets and their relationship to politics and bureaucracy. He is currently conducting research on multilateral efforts to coordinate supervision of financial activity, the EU’s role in shaping international regulations and European reactions to the financial crisis. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the European Journal of International Relations, Journal of European Public Policy, International Organization, the Review of International Political Economy, World Politics and edited volumes.

Where We Meet

Mather House is located next to the Thwing student center two buildings to the right of Kelvin Smith Library on Euclid Avenue. Please enter the front door to Mather House and turn right. Mather House Room 100 is at the end of the hall.

Parking Possibilities

The most convenient parking is the lot underneath Severance Hall. We regret that it is not free. From that lot there is an elevator up to street level labeled as for the Thwing Center.

Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

October 5: Presidents and the Media. With Jeffrey E. Cohen Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, Fordham University

October 12: The Future of Primary Care.
With George Kikano MD, Chair, Department of Family Medicine.

October 19: Biblical Rhetoric in the 2012 Elections.
With Timothy K. Beal, Florence Harkness Professor of Religion.***Special Location: Mather House 100***

October 26: Special Event in Memory of Alec Lamis – “Insecure Majorities: Congress and the Permanent Campaign.”
With Frances E. Lee, Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland ***Special Location: Wolstein Medical Research Building auditorium, first floor, 2103 Cornell Road. Lunch and Mama Jo’s pies provided.***

November 2: Political Science Department Pre-Election Forecasts.
With Justin Buchler, Associate Professor of Political Science, and colleagues.

November 9: What Just Happened? Open discussion about the election results,
with Joe White, Chair, Department of Political Science.

November 16: Learning from Mad Cows.
With Dr. Pierluigi Gambetti, Professor and Director, Division of Neuropathology and Director, National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center.

November 23: No Session - Thanksgiving Break

November 30: The Medium is the Message: What Happens When Universities Digitize Course Evaluations.
With Timothy J. Fogarty, Professor of Accountancy.

December 7: The “Chicago Boys” Without Pinochet: Privatization and Protest in Chile.
With Diane Haughney, Ph.D.
September 24, 2012

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Upcoming Events

The Art and Culture of Revolt in the Middle East

A Discussion With: Joshua Stacher, Kent State University, Pete Moore, Case Western Reserve University, Nada Shabout, University of North Texas, Jessica Winegar, Northwestern University, Ted Swedenburg, University of Arkansas, and George Trumbull IV, Dartmouth College, Friday September 28, 2012, 3:00-5 p.m., Wolstein Research Building Auditorium, Case Western Reserve University, 2103 Cornell Road, Cleveland, OH 44106. Sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies, the Baker-Nord Center for Humanities, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Center for Policy Studies at Case Western Reserve University. This program was also made possible by the generosity of Ms. Eloise Briskin.

Whether graffiti, poetry, songs, or humor, the 2011 uprisings in the Middle East were more than just political events; they were cultural and artistic productions. How did cultural and artistic products figure in the revolts? How have artists in turn been affected by the political changes underway?

The Presidency in a Partisan Era

A Discussion With: Jeffrey E. Cohen, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Political Science at Fordham University, Thursday October 4, 2012, 4:30-6 p.m., Clark Hall, Room 309, Case Western Reserve University, 11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106. Sponsored by the Center for Policy Studies at Case Western Reserve University.

On November 6, if we do not have a repeat of 2000, the nation will elect, which means also re-elect or de-elect, a president. When an incumbent runs, the election is mostly a judgment of his performance.

Knowing this, the logical incentive for members of the out-party is to try to ensure that the incumbent president fails. -without getting their own fingerprints on the failure. Many observers believe congressional Republicans and their allies outside Congress have followed this incentive brilliantly over the past four years.

Yet discussions of the current relations between President and Congress often treat it as something new. How unusual is the level of partisan strife, what might be done about it, and what are the implications for the presidency and our government in the future?

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