Call # 3 - Political Economy of Europe

Political Economy of Europe in light of Economic Reforms, Financial Fragility, International Migration Fluxes and Political Shifts to Populism

The YSI Political Economy of Europe Working Group is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the 16th Annual STOREP Conference, 27 – 29 June 2019, University of Siena, Siena. We invite theoretical and empirical contributions on these broad topics. These may include (but are not limited to):

  • Past and ongoing economic reforms within the Eurozone and European Union;
  • Exit strategy or overall reform? Which is the best strategy to follow and how to tackle the current stagnation?
  • National and European productive structures, their main features, strengths and weaknesses;
  • Financial fragility, where and how it has been an issue and how to handle its adverse effects on European economic stability;
  • Migration phenomena, meant as inflows and outflows of population, workforce, labourers, how and why they can be problematic;
  • The roots of the political progressive shift towards conservative and populist movements.

The European Union and the Eurozone are facing an age of unprecedented economic and political turmoil. The ongoing economic stagnation, together with the rise of populist movements are feeding an environment of increasing scepticism towards the viability of the current institutional setup.

While many advanced capitalist countries have recovered from remarkably high unemployment rates and sluggish economic growth as in the aftermath of the Great Recession, the European economies are still caught, with few exceptions, into a cobweb of fragile economic outcomes and rising political uncertainty. The facets of such an overall stall are many. Most countries have been engaged in the last decade in a process of reforms, which must be appraised in terms of their effectiveness or detrimental influence on the European general growth performances. The financial aspects of the reforms, together with the outlook of the diverse financial and banking systems of the various countries cannot be left in a secondary place, as they concur, together with the real aspects, to the return to a healthy and stable development scenario.

The comprehensive analysis of these aspects, in both their specificity to the several components of the European economy and their capability of creating a single, wide market, is needed in order to provide food for thought to all of those that argue either for the necessity to deeply reform the European institution or to progressively leave it. Lastly, but again not less vital, the political and economic aspects related to the flows of migration, both internal to the European countries and as immigration from the outside, are a fundamental aspect to be assessed. The public opinion, showing the widespread shift towards more conservative positions which we are more and more witnessing across Europe, is likely to be affected by the list of factors herein mentioned. We therefore welcome contributions falling under the broad list presented, as well as under diverse angles which are yet connected to the spirit of the Working Group topics.

About the Working Group: The Political Economy of Europe Working Group investigates how new economic thinking can contribute to a better understanding of the financial integration between the European economies, how to respond to the Euro Crisis, and ideas to counter the imbalances between the members of the European Union.

How to Apply

Young scholars can apply to one or two of the above calls for abstracts. If selected, you will be invited to present their work. Selections will be made based on merit.

Selected applicants will be offered

  • A travel stipend of up to $150
  • Accommodation in Siena, to be shared with one other young scholar of the same sex.
  • Attendance to full pre-conference program, including INET’s Mini Courses, and two sessions organized by Rethinking Economics.

Submit your Abstract here
Deadline: 2 May 2019