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Book Launch: "Beyond Defeat and Austerity" (David Bailey- POLSIS) & "The Euro Crisis and European Identities" (Charlotte Galpin- POLSIS)

Room 121 Muirhead Tower
Wednesday 22nd November 2017 (15:00-16:30)
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Dr Mark Goodwin

With the European Union coming under ever-greater presssure from austerity, ongoing debt crises in the Eurozone, and eurosceptic populism, there are serious questions as to whether the European project can endure. This seminar gives an opportunity to hear from two members of POLSIS who have recently published cutting edge research on European politics. Dr David Bailey and Dr Charlotte Galpin will launch their new books, and explain how European politics got to this point, and what happens next. 

Dr David Bailey (POLSIS) will present his recently published book, Beyond Defeat and Austerity: Disrupting (the Critical Political Economy of) Neoliberal Europe, co-authored with Monica Clua-Losada, Nikolai Huke, and Olatz Ribera-Almandoz, which is published through the Routledge/RIPE Global Political Economy series. The book argues that we can understand the development and crisis of neoliberal Europe as a result of a relatively unsuccessful attempt by European political and economic elites to impose neoliberalism on European society. The reason for their inability to complete their neoliberal project has been the vibrancy of anti-austerity movements as well as other forms of resistance, both before and after the 2008 crisis. In making this case, the book highlights the current state of radical grassroots movements, and the way in which these are feeding through into contemporary patterns of political change across the European Union.

Discussant: Vera Weghmann (Greenwich University/ United Voices of the World)

Dr Charlotte Galpin (POLSIS) will present The Euro Crisis and European Identities: Political and Media Discourse in Germany, Ireland and Poland. The book examines the far-reaching economic, political and social effects of the Euro crisis on the European Union by providing a unique study of European identities. It considers the impact on the construction of European identities in political and media discourse in Germany, Ireland and Poland. Offering an original insight into the dynamics of identity change at moments of upheaval, the author argues that political and media actors in the early stages of the crisis drew on long-standing identities in order to make sense of the crisis in the public sphere. The author challenges the commonly held view that identities change dramatically at times of crisis but argues that this very resilience helps to understand the EU’s current divisions. The book sheds important light on the prospects for European solidarity as well as on the future of the single currency as an identity-building project.

Discussant: Dr Sotirios Zartaloudis (Lecturer in Politics)


Dr David Bailey is  Senior Lecturer in Politics in the Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham. He is the author of The Political Economy of European Social Democracy: A Critical Realist Approach (Routledge) and co-editor of European Social Democracy During the Global Economic Crisis: Renovation or Resignation? (Manchester University Press). He recently co-edited a special issue of Comparative European Politics, on contention in the age of austerity in Europe. 

Charlotte Galpin is Lecturer in German and European Politics and Deputy Director of the Institute for German Studies. Her research is concerned with European identities, EU citizenship, Euroscepticism and the European public sphere. She is particularly interested in the relationship between the media and EU legitimacy.Dr Vera Weghmann recently completed her PhD at the University of Nottingham, where she focused on the rise of independent trade unions and alternative forms of social solidarity. She is also a leading activist within the United Voices of the World, an independent trade union that recently had major successes, gaining considerable media attention, in disputes with Harrods and the LSE, and which last year coordinated a 58-day strike by cleaners operating in the City of London offices at 100 Wood Street.

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