UCL European Institute


Economic and Political Constitutionalism in the European Order [II]

06 December 2018, 9:45 am–5:30 pm

A private workshop discussion led by Professor Albert Weale.

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UCL European Institute


G34 / G35
Senate House
Malet Street
United Kingdom


The premise of the workshop series is that questions of constitutional political economy draw upon competing traditions and paradigms of political and economic thought.  Debates on policy preferences - on such matters as price stability, fiscal control, inter-state transfers and the role of a stabilization fund at the European level – are rooted in deeper assumptions about how economic orders work, the relationship between political authority and the market and different understandings of the constitutionalization of political authority. 

An implication of this approach is that these traditions and paradigms provide the legitimation of a political-economic order.  This workshop examines how that legitimation might work.  Justifications of policy strategies change over time and differ between countries.  Incomplete federalization (most likely, permanently incomplete federalization) poses problems of how dual layers of political authority are reconciled in a way that is compatible with the democratic traditions of European countries.  Incomplete federalization also raises questions about how constitutional values, like accountability, representation and responsibility can be realized.


09.45-10.00: Arrival and Welcome

10.00-11.15: Josef Hien, ‘Justifications of Growth’

Discussant: Albert Weale

11.15-11.30: Break

11.30-12.45: Fabio Masini, ‘Reconciling Demos and Kratos: The Economics of a Multi-Layered Democracy’

Discussant: Michelle Everson

12.45-13.30: Lunch

13.45-15.00: Albert Weale, ‘Contractualism and the Political Economy of the Eurozone’

Discussant: Oliver Gerstenberg

15.00-15.15: Break

1415-1530: Mark Dawson ‘The European Central Bank and the Procedural Conception of Accountability’

Discussant: Chuck Sabel

16.30-17.30: Roundtable (accompanied by wine at a suitable point)

19.00: Dinner


  • Mark Dawson, Hertie School
  • Michelle Everson, Birkbeck
  • Oliver Gerstenberg, UCL
  • Josef Hien, Milan/Stockholm
  • Christian Joerges (TBC), Hertie School
  • Fabio Masini, Roma Tre
  • Chuck Sabel, Columbia
  • Uta Staiger, UCL
  • Claudia Sternberg, UCL
  • Albert Weale, UCL