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Centre for European Research

Post-crisis Greece: impact on democracy and governance after eight years of Economic Adjustment Programmes

29 October 2018

Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Arts One Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End campus

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Stella Ladi (CER, Queen Mary, University of London, UK)

Professor Kevin Featherstone (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)

Dr Sarah Wolff (Director of CER, Queen Mary University of London, UK)

2018/2019 Debating Europe Seminar Series

After eight years of austerity, Greece is finally done with programmes of economic adjustments. The Greece experience has shown that since the eruption of the Eurozone crisis in 2009, the relationship between policy advice and reform processes in Europe has become quite paradoxical. Governments are facing an increasing need for expertise because of the complexity of policy problems and of reduced resources given the prevailing austerity dogma. At the same time, citizens’ trust towards national and EU institutions and technocratic experts has declined. Dr. Stella Ladi will present some first-hand research findings on how policy-making has been affected by the Greek crisis and what lessons should be learned. Professor Kevin Featherstone, an expert of Greek and European politics will engage with her propositions.

About the speakers:

Stella Ladi

Dr. Stella Ladi is a senior lecturer at Queen Mary University of London and an assistant professor at Panteion University in Athens. She previously worked as a lecturer at University of Sheffield and University of Exeter. She has also been a Research Fellow at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI). She has acted as a public policy expert at the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of the Aegean, Greece. In July 2002 she completed her PhD thesis at the University of York. Her research interests include the Eurozone crisis, public policy and public administration reforms, Europeanization, global governance and the role of experts in public policy. She has published in journals such as Regulation & Governance, Public Administration, West European Politics, New Political Economy, Comparative European Politics and Political Studies Review.
She is co-convenor of the Greek Politics Specialist Group (GPSG) of the Political Studies Association (PSA).


Kevin Featherstone

Kevin Featherstone is Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor of European Politics. He is the Director of the Hellenic Observatory and Co-Chair of LSEE: Research on South-East Europe within the European Institute. He has held visiting positions at the University of Minnesota; New York University; and Harvard University. Before LSE, he held academic posts at the universities of Stirling and Bradford. In 2009-10 he served on an advisory committee to Prime Minister George Papandreou for the reform of the Greek government. He was the first foreign member of the National Council for Research and Technology (ESET) in Greece, serving from 2010-2013. He is Vice-Chair of the Academic Council of 'Atomium Culture', Brussels, a not-for-profit promoting collaboration within the European Research Area. In 2013 he was made ‘Commander: Order of the Phoenix’ by the President of the Hellenic Republic. In 2014, the European Parliament selected one of his books (co-authored with Kenneth Dyson) as one of its ‘100 Books on Europe to Remember’. He has contributed regularly to ‘Kathimerini’.


Sarah Wolff

Sarah Wolff is Director of the Centre for European Research and Lecturer in Public Policy at Queen Mary University of London. She is also a Senior Research Associate at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations (Clingendael). Dr Wolff is an expert on EU politics, Justice and Home Affairs (JHA), migration and border management policies, as well as EU-Arab Mediterranean relations and EU development aid. She is author of the monograph The Mediterranean Dimension of the European Union’s Internal Security (2012) and received the LISBOAN Research Award 2012 for her co-edited book Freedom, Security and Justice after Lisbon and Stockholm (2012). Her current research focuses on Secular Power Europe and EU engagement with Islam for which she was awarded a Fulbright-Schuman and a Leverhulme research grant in 2014/2015. Prior to joining the academia, Dr Wolff worked at DG Devco at the European Commission and as a parliamentary assistant at the European Parliament.

The discussion will be followed by a Q&A involving the audience.

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