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Moravcsik to give second talk in President's Lecture Series, April 5

Andrew Moravcsik, professor of politics and director of the European Union Program, will present the second talk in this year's President's Lecture Series on Thursday, April 5.

He will address the question "Is There a 'Democratic Deficit' in World Politics?" at 4:30 p.m. in McCosh 10.

Moravcsik will discuss whether multilateral institutions erode the democratic accountability and legitimacy of established national democracies. After reviewing the issues of political philosophy and social science involved in such an assessment, he will evaluate the democratic legitimacy of the European Union -- considered by many the world's most ambitious and successful international organization. In contrast to the impression left by a decade of European constitutional debate, and the rejection of a European constitution by the French and Dutch electorates, Moravcsik concludes that the EU is as democratic as the national systems it governs.

Moravcsik is the author of more than 100 scholarly publications on European integration, global human rights, transatlantic relations, U.S. and West European foreign policy, negotiation analysis, international organization, international relations theory, and defense-industrial globalization -- also the subjects he teaches. His history of the European Union, "The Choice for Europe," has been called "the most important work in the field" by the American Historical Review.

The lecture series was initiated by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2001 to bring together faculty members from different disciplines. The final lecturer scheduled for this year is Elizabeth Gould, professor of psychology, on Wednesday, April 25.

The lectures will be webcast; for viewing information, visit

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