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Lecture “European Economic Recovery Between Growth Critique and Growth Imperative” by Professor Daniel Mügge

March 26, 2015 at 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Location:Carleton University
Key Contact:Cathleen Schmidt
Contact Phone:613-520-2600, ext. 1087

The Department of Political Science & Centre for European Studies (EU Centre of Excellence) are pleased to present a lecture on the “European economic recovery between growth critique and growth imperative” with Professor Daniel Mügge, University of Amsterdam.

This paper considers the ambiguities over the definition, theorization, measurement and desirability of growth in the EU.  It explores the rise and fall of the European Commission’s ‘Beyond GDP’ initiative, which created room for thinking differently about the status of growth in contemporary European policy. It shows how a particular perspective on growth – year-on-year change in GDP – is hardwired into contemporary EU policies and how this particular perspective on growth may thwart other policy goals. Because dominant understandings of growth are highly contestable, current policy discourse and practice stand on insecure intellectual foundations.

Daniel Mügge is a political economist and associate professor in the political science department of the University of Amsterdam. His research concentrates on finance and its governance, and his latest project explores the political economy behind the calculation of macroeconomic indicators.  His 2009 dissertation on European financial markets was honoured with the ECPR Jean Blondel prize as best European political science dissertation of the year. He is the currently the lead-editor of the Review of International Political Economy.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required to attend.

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The funding for events hosted by the Centre for European Studies is, in part, from the European Union.