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Panel Discussion on the Eurocrisis in Southern Europe to be held on Nov. 21, 2013

A panel discussion on “Broken Social Contracts? The Eurocrisis in Southern Europe” will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2013, at noon, in East Pyne, Room 010, at Princeton University. The event, which is free and open to the public, is presented by the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society.

 **Media who would like to attend should RSVP by November 20, 2013, to Kathleen Allen at or 609-258-5978**       

In the eyes of some, the Eurocrisis has caused a major crisis of political legitimacy in Southern European countries from Portugal to Greece. For others, it has simply exposed long-standing problems with discredited political establishments and dysfunctional states.  Are the peoples of Southern Europe in need of a new social contract or perhaps even new countries (compare the secession movement in Catalonia)?  And if so, how would they authorize them? This panel will engage such larger questions as well as more country-specific crisis phenomena such as the rise of Beppe Grillo in Italy and of Golden Dawn in Greece.

Carles Boix, Robert Garrett Professor in Politics and a professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton University, writes and teaches on comparative political economy and comparative politics. His published works include, as author, Political Parties, Growth and Equality (1998), L'obertura catalana (2002), and Democracy and Redistribution (2003), and as coeditor, the Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics (2007). His current research projects include exploration of the origins and persistence of economic inequality; analysis of the conditions that led to the emergence of party systems and electoral institutions in advanced democracies; application of agent-based models to understand the formation of states; and the internal structure of dictatorships.  Before joining Princeton he taught at the University of Chicago. Ph.D. Harvard University.

Stathis Kalyvas is Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science and director of the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence at Yale University. He is the author of The Logic of Violence in Civil War (2006) and The Rise of Christian Democracy in Europe (1996), and coeditor of Order, Conflict, and Violence (2008).  Kalyvas’s current research focuses on various aspects of conflict at the micro and macro levels. Recent articles include “International System and Technologies of  Rebellion: How the End of the Cold War Shaped Internal Conflict,” with Laia  Balcells, in American Political Science Review (2010) and “Bombing as an  Instrument of Counterinsurgency in the Vietnam War,” with Matt Kocher and Thomas  Pepinsky,  in American Journal of Political Science (2011). Ph.D. University of Chicago.

Mark Mazower is Ira D. Wallach Professor of History and chair of the Department of History at Columbia University. He specializes in modern Greece, 20th-century Europe, and international history. Current interests include the history of international norms and institutions, the history of Greek independence, and the historical evolution of the Greek islands in the very long run. He writes regularly for the Financial Times and other papers. His recent book, Governing the World: The History of an Idea, was published in 2012. Ph.D. Oxford University.

Nadia Urbinati is Kyriakos Tsakopoulos Professor of Political Theory and Hellenic Studies at Columbia University. She specializes in modern and contemporary political thought and the democratic and anti-democratic traditions. She cochaired the Columbia University Faculty Seminar on Political and Social Thought, and founded and chaired the Workshop on Politics, Religion, and Human Rights. She is coeditor with Andrew Arato of the journal Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory. Her most recent book, Democracy Disfigured: Opinion, Truth and the People, will be published in 2014. Ph.D. European University Institute, Florence.

Jan-Werner Mueller
is a professor of in the Department of Politics. His research interests include the history of modern political thought, liberalism and its critics, nationalism, and the normative dimensions of European integration. His most recent book, Contesting Democracy: Political Ideas in Twentieth-Century Europe, was published in 2011. Mueller’s other books include Constitutional Patriotism (2007), A Dangerous Mind: Carl Schmitt in Post-War European Thought (2003), and Another Country: German Intellectuals, Unification, and National Identity (2000). 

For more information contact Kathleen Allen, or 609-258-5978.

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