British academy

CONFERENCE

European States and the Euro: The First Decade

Wednesday 23 to Thursday 24 May 2007
The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1 5AH

This conference assesses the first decade of the Euro Area from the perspective of the extent to which, and ways in which, the creation of the euro has affected EU member states, 'insiders' and 'outsiders'. It sets these effects in their wider global and European contexts and addresses three key questions:

  • What has been the role of Economic and Monetary Union in shaping domestic institutional reforms, policy changes and political developments?
  • How have member states sought to reshape EMU, and with what effects?
  • Has the Euro Area been associated with convergence?

The conference offers an opportunity to listen to drafts of chapters for a forthcoming Oxford University Press book that will mark the 10th anniversary of the euro and will appear as a radically revised edition of European States and the Euro (OUP, 2002).


PROGRAMME

Wednesday 23 May 2007

8.30

Registration

9.00

Welcome and Introduction: Patterns in Relations between European States and the Euro?

Kenneth Dyson FBA (Cardiff University)

9.30

The Euro in a Global Context: Challenges and Capacities
Benjamin Jerry Cohen (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Discussant: Jim Rollo (Sussex University)

11.00

Coffee

11.30

Fiscal Policy Context: Co-ordination and Discipline, the Stability and Growth Pact, and Domestic Fiscal Regimes

Josh Bridwell and Mark Hallerberg (Emory College, USA)
The Lisbon Process and Economic Reform: Learning from Benchmarking?

Martin Marcussen (Copenhagen University)

Discussant: Iain Begg (London School of Economics)

1.00pm

Lunch

2.00

France and Germany: The Failing Motor

Kenneth Dyson FBA (Cardiff University) and David Howarth (Edinburgh University)
Discussant: Jack Hayward FBA (Hull University)

3.30

Tea

3.45

Greece and Italy: Is there a Mediterranean 'World' of EMU?

Kevin Featherstone (LSE), Paul Furlong (Cardiff University) and Lucia Quaglia (Sussex University)

Discussant: Philippe Pochet

5.15

Tea

5.30

Ireland and the Netherlands: Small State Patterns?

Colin Hay, Nicola Smith and Matthew Watson (Birmingham University) and Amy Verdun (Victoria University, Canada)
Discussant: Daniel Wincott

7.30

Reception

Thursday 24 May 2007

9.15

Britain and Sweden: The Politics of Retrenchment
Jim Buller (York University), Andrew Gamble FBA (Cambridge University) and Johannes Lindvall (Oxford University)
Discussant: Charles Goodhart FBA (LSE)

10.45

Coffee

11.15

The Baltic and the Visegrad States: Entry Strategies in East Central Europe

Magnus Feldmann (Harvard University), Bela Greskovits (Central European University, Budapest) and Radoslaw Zubek (LSE)
Discussant: Mark Hallerberg

12.45pm

Lunch

1.45

Wage Policies and Welfare State Reforms

Daniel Wincott (Birmingham University), Nick Parsons (Cardiff University) and Philippe Pochet (Observatoire Social Europeen, Brussels)
Discussant: Mick Moran FBA

3.15

Tea

3.45

Banking and Financial Market Regulation and Supervision
Michael Moran FBA (Manchester University) and Huw Macartney (Manchester University)

Discussant: Lucia Quaglia

The European Central Bank in European Economic Governance

Wolfgang Wessels (Cologne University) and Gaby Umbach (Cologne University)

Discussant: Martin Marcussen

5.30

Concluding Remarks

Kenneth Dyson

6.00

Reception

Friday 25 May 2007

10.00: Research Workshop for contributors: lessons from the conference and guidance for revisions