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Darius Ornston and Wolfgang Wessels

Lecture Details

The Europe Center has two upcoming talks:

• On May 6, 2013, Professor Darius Ornston will speak at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver on: "Small States Make Big Leaps: Institutional Innovation and High-Technology Competition in Western Europe"

Time: 12 Noon to 1:30 pm

Location: 2201 S. Gaylord St., Denver, CO 80208, Ben Cherrington HallRoom 301

Abstract: The literature on international and comparative political economy suggests that continental European economies compete in international markets by using corporatism, or institutionalized cooperation, to upgrade established, century-old low- and medium-technology niches. Recent developments in northern Europe challenge this image of European capitalism, as historically low-technology countries such as Denmark, Finland and Sweden have all engineered big leaps into new, high-technology industries such as biotechnology, software and telecommunication equipment. Darius Ornston resolves this puzzle by arguing that these countries have adapted institutionalized cooperation among organized economic actors to invest in disruptive new inputs, including venture capital, skill formation and research. This pattern of 'creative corporatism' has very different implications for economic adjustment, facilitating movement into new high-technology industries. The presentation develops the argument by analyzing institutional change and economic restructuring in Finland, a critical case where high-technology competition was least likely, but it also generalizes beyond the Finnish case and addresses the limitations of these cohesive networks.

• On May 7, Professor Wolfgang Wessels will be speaking on the Eurozone Crisis

Time: 12 Noon to 1:30pm

Location: 2201 S. Gaylord St., Denver, CO 80208, 150 Sié Chéou Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy

Abstract: Since the early 1970s and especially since the Euro crisis, several generations of Heads of State or Government dealt with the economic challenges facing the European Union (EU) within the European Council. This paper outlines the activities of the European Council in the sector of economic governance, thereby focussing on the recent Euro crisis. Applying a broader perspective, it is asked whether there is a general development towards a "gouvernement économique" of the European Council. It will be argued that the national leaders find themselves in a dilemma between problem solving – as demonstrated in their crisis management – and the "sovereignty reflex" which demands guarding the competences of the nation state. This leads to a hybrid development centred around the Euro summits.

About the Featured Speakers

Dr. Darius Ornston is an assistant professor in the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia, where he specializes in European politics, comparative political economy and comparative innovation policy. The talk is based on his recent book, When Small States Make Big Leaps, published by Cornell University Press. His work has also appeared in Comparative Political Studies, West European Politics and Governance.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels is chairholder of the Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science at the University of Cologne since 1994 and was awarded an Ad personam Jean Monnet Chair in 2011. In 2007 he was awarded the Jean Monnet Award in gold and in 2011 the UACES Award for Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary European Studies. His priorities in teaching and research include the political system of the European Union, the role of the EU in the international system, the deepening and widening of the EU, modes of governance and theories and strategies of European integration. Prof. Wessels is co-editor of the "Jahrbuch der Europäischen Union" (32th Edition) and the "Europa von A-Z, Taschenbuch der europäischen Integration" (12th Edition) and has published widely in leading Journals and edited volumes. Prof. Wessels is currently publishing a book on the European Council. He is engaged in several research and teaching networks: he is chairman of the executive board of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP, Berlin) and of the Trans European Political Studies Association (TEPSA, Brussels). Since 2009 he is vice-president of the German consortium of the Turkish-German University. Since 1981 he is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Brugge and Natolin. Prof. Wessels has coordinated several research projects funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Fritz Thyssen and Volkswagen Foundations as well as by the European Commission. Presently he is coordinator of the Erasmus Academic Network "LISBOAN - researching and teaching the Treaty of Lisbon", the "EXACT" Marie Curie Initial Training Network and the "Observatory of Parliaments after the Lisbon Treaty (OPAL)".