Keynote Speakers

Professor Brigitte Young (International Political Economy, Institute of Political Science, University of Münster)

Brigitte Young is the professor of International Political Economy, Institute of Political Science, University of Münster, Germany since 1999. She taught at the Free University of Berlin from 1997-99, from 1994-95, she was Research Associate at the Centre for German and European Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and from 1991-97 Professor at Wesleyan University, Connecticut. Young is a German delegate to the EU-COST project on “Systemic Risks, Financial Crises and Credit” (2010-14), and is Working Group leader for New Global Finance and Financial Stability. She is Scientific Advisor to the EU-FP7 FESSUD (Financialisation, Economy, Society, and Sustainable Development), University of Leeds. She was also a member of the EU-Network of Excellence, “Global Governance, Regionalisation, and Regulation: The Role of the EU” (GARNET); an Expert Advisor to the Enquete-Commission of the German Parliament on “Globalization of the World Economy” (2000-2002), and served on the Warwick Commission on “The Multilateral Trade Regime” (2007). In October 2011, she was nominated to the “Fortschrittsforum” (organised by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Otto Brenner Foundation, Hans-Böckler Foundation) to support the Enquete-Commission of the German Parliament, “Growth, Prosperity, and Quality of Life” (Wachstum, Wohlstand and Lebensqualität), Working Group: The Economy and Growth.

She held guest professorships at CERI, Science Politique in Paris (2008); Science-Po, Lille (WS2010). Presently she is teaching at the Central European University, Budapest, on “Global Financial Institutions”.

Her research areas include economic globalization; global governance; world trade and global financial market governance; EU-US financial regulatory frameworks; theories of International Political Economy, and feminist macroeconomics. She has published widely in English and German (with translations in Polish, French, Japanese, Finnish, Rumanian, Spanish). New publications 2011 (Routledge): Questioning financial governance from a feminist perspective (with Isabella Bakker and Diane Elson), and articles on the European Sovereign Debt Crisis, and the role of Germany and France in resolving the Euro crisis.

The title of Brigitte Young’s presentation is “The Eurozone Crisis: Not Just a Debt but also a Political and Social Crisis”.

Member of editorial boards and co-editor of book series

  • Editorial Board: Global Governance. A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations (January 2005-)
  • Editorial Board: International Feminist Journal of Politics (January 2008-)
  • Editorial Board: Journal of Economic Policy Reform (January 2012-)
  • Co-editor of Book Series at NOMOS Publishing, Feminist and Critical Political Economy (with Uta Ruppert) (2008-)
  • Co-editor of Book Series Global Political Economy (with Hans-Jürgen Bieling, Oliver Kessler, Andreas Nölke), Wiesbaden: VS Verlag   

Selected publications

L’Allemagne face la crise de la zone euro (with Willi Semmler), Special Issue of Review Etudes européennes (ENA), Feb 2012. 

The truth about the Eurozone crisis. Public Service Europe (PS). Analysis-Opinion-Debate., 20.September 2011

Germany’s Puzzling Response to the Eurozone Crisis: The obstinate defense of Ordnungspolitik, in: Nicolas Jabko (ed.), Does Europe have a German Problem once again, European Union Studies Association Forum (EUSA Forum). Sept 2011.

The European Sovereign Debt Crisis. Is Germany to Blame? In: German Politics and Society, Issue 98, Vol. 29:1 (Spring 2011), 1-24 (with Willi Semmler)

Economic Governance in the Eurozone: A New Dawn? 2011 In: economic sociology, the European electronic newsletter, Volume 12, No. 2 (March), Köln: Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, pp. 11-16;

“Neoliberalism”, in: IPSA Encyclopedia of Political Science, Hrsg: Bertrand Badie, Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Leonardo A, Morlino, Sage Publications, 2011: Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2011. 1677-80.  

The Linkage between the US-Subprime Crisis and international Financial Markets, in: Christoph Scheuplein, Gerald Wood (Hg.)., Nach der Weltwirtschaftskrise: Neuanfänge in der Region?, Vol. 8, Berlin: LIT Verlag, pp. 11-31

Peace and Trade (with Franz Bertram), in: Hans J. Gießmann and Bernhard Rinke (Hrsg), Handbuch Frieden, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2011, pp. 347-356.

Privatized Keynesianism, the financialization of daily-life and the debt trap, in: Oliver Kessler (Hrsg) Die Politische Ökonomie der Weltfinanzkrise,  (The Political Economy of the World Financial Crisis) Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag. 2011: 15-36.

From Microcredit to Microfinance to Inclusive Finance: A Response to Global Financial Openness, (2010), in: Geoffrey R.D. Underhill, Jasper Blom, Daniel Muegge (eds.), Global Financial Integration Thirty Years On, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 256-269.

Lost in Temptation of Risk: Financial Market Liberalization, Financial Melt-Down and Policy Reactions (with Willi Semmler) 2010 in: Comparative European Politics, Vol. 8:3: 327-353.

Professor Magnus Ryner (Department of Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University)

The title of Magnus Ryner’s presentation is “European Monetary Union: An Unfolding Disaster?”


  • Ph.D: Department of Political Science, York University, Toronto, Canada, 1996
    • Comprehensive Examinations: Comparative Politics 1992 (major); International Relations 1991 (minor), with Distinction.
    • Dissertation: ‘Globalization and the Crisis of the Swedish Model’.
  • M.A: Department of Political Science, York University, Toronto, Canada, 1989 – 1990.
  • B.A (Hons.): Departments of Political Studies and Economics, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, 1985 – 1988.
  • International Baccalaureate: Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, 1982-1984.

Academic employment and affiliation

  • May 2007 – Present: Professor of International Relations, Department of Social Sciences (until September 2011 Department of International Relations, Politics and Sociology), Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, United Kingdom.
  • March 2011 – August 2011: Visiting Professor, Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • October 2005 – April 2007: Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.
  • July 2002 – October 2005: Lecturer, Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.
  • February 2000 – June 2002: Lecturer, Department of Government, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, United Kingdom.
  • September 1998 – January 2000: Research Fellow, Department of Political Science/Research Centre of International Political Economy, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • September 1997- August 1998: Jean Monnet Fellow, Department of Social and Political Sciences, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.
  • June 1997- August 1997: Visiting Lecturer, Lehrgebiet internationale Politik & vergleichende Politikwissenschaft, FernUniversität Hagen, Germany.
  • January 1996- August 1997: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Research Centre of International Political Economy, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • January – September 1993: Visiting Research Fellow, Swedish Centre for Working Life Research (Arbetslivscentrum), Stockholm, Sweden.
  • September 1990-March 1996: Doctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science, York University, Toronto, Canada.

Selected publications


(2013, forthcoming) w. Alan Cafruny, The European Union: A Critical View (Basingstoke: European Union Series, Palgrave Macmillan) (under contract).

(2007) w. Alan Cafruny, Europe at Bay: In the Shadow of US Hegemony (Boulder: Lynne Rienner) (171 pp.). Shortlisted for the Annual IPEG-BISA Book Prize (2008).

(2003) co-editor w. Alan Cafruny A Ruined Fortress? Neoliberal Hegemony and Transformation in Europe (Lanham MD. & Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield) (325 pp.).

Journal Articles

(2013, forthcoming) “Swedish Trade Union Consent to Finance-Led Capitalism: A Question of Time,” Public Administration 91 (20 pp.).

(2012, forthcoming) w. Mikko Kuisma, “Third Way Decomposition: The 2010/11 Swedish and Finnish Elections and the Rightward Shift in Nordic Politics,” Contemporary Politics 18 (3), (20 pp.).

(2012, forthcoming) “Financial Crisis, Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy in the Production of Knowledge about the EU,” Millennium: Journal of International Studies 40 (3), (27 pp.).

(2011) w. Alan Cafruny, “The Tragedy of the Eurozone and the Crisis of Integration Theory,” Perspectives on Europe 41 (2), pp. 18-26.

(2010) “An Obituary for the Third Way: The Financial Crisis and Social Democracy in Europe,” The Political Quarterly 81 (4), pp. 554-63.

(2009) w. Claes Belfrage “Renegotiating the Swedish Social Democratic Settlement: From Pension Fund Socialism to Neoliberalization,” Politics & Society 37 (2), pp. 257-88.

(2009) w. Stephen Hurt & Karim Knio “Social Forces and the Effects of (Post-) Washington Consensus Policy in Africa: Comparing Tunisia and South Africa,” The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs 98 (402), pp. 301-17.

(2007) ‘US Power and the Crisis of Social Democracy in Europe’s Second Project of Integration,’ Capital & Class 93, pp. 101-20.

(2007) w. Alan Cafruny “Monetary Union and the Transatlantic and Social Dimensions of Europe’s Crisis,” New Political Economy 12 (2), pp. 141-65. Also published in Spanish (2007) as ‘La Union Monetaria y Economica Europea y las Dimensiones Sociales y Transatlanticas de la Crisis de la Union Europea,’ Tercer Milenio 13.

(1998) “Maastricht Convergence in the Social Democratic Heartland: Germany and Sweden,” International Journal of Political Economy: Special Issue 28 (2), pp. 85-123.

Book Chapters

(2012) w. Alan Cafruny “The Global Financial Crisis and the European Union: The Irrelevance of Integration Theory and the Pertinence of Critical Political Economy,” in Petros Nousios, Henk Overbeek & Andreas Tsolakis (eds.) Globalisation and European Integration: Critical Approaches to Regional Order and International Relations (London: Routledge), pp. 32-50.

(2009) w. Alan Cafruny “Critical Political Economy,” in Antje Wiener & Thomas Diez (eds.) European Integration Theory 2nd edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press), pp. 221-40.

(2009) “European Monetary Union and the Politics of Welfare State Retrenchment: A Critique of the New Malthusians,” in Bastiaan van Apeldoorn, Laura Horn & Jan Drahokoupil (eds.) Contradictions and Limits of Neoliberal European Governance: From Lisbon to Lisbon (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan), pp. 44-63.

(2008) “Is the SGP Crisis also the Crisis of the EU? Assessing EMU from a Structural, Transatlantic Perspective,” in L. Talani & B. Casey (eds.) Between Growth and Stability: The Demise and Reform of the Stability and Growth Pact, (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar), pp. 60-84.

(2005) w. Alan Cafruny “A Coming Crisis of the Euro? Transatlantic Subordination and the Social Contradictions of the EMU,” in Matthew Evangelista & Vittorio Emanuele Parsi (eds.) Partners or Rivals? European-American Relations after Iraq (Milan & Ithaca NY: Vita e Pensiero/Cornell University Press), pp. 299-334.

(2004) “European Integration,” Maurice Kogan & Mary Hawkesworth (eds.) Routledge Encyclopaedia of Government and Politics 2nd Edition (London & New York: Routledge), pp. 1150-63.

(2003) w. Alan Cafruny “The Study of European Integration in the Neo-Liberal Era,” in Alan Cafruny & Magnus Ryner (eds.) A Ruined Fortress? (Lanham MD. & Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield), pp. 1-13.

(2003) w. Bastiaan van Apeldoorn & Henk Overbeek “Theories of European Integration: A Critique,” in Alan Cafruny & Magnus Ryner (eds.) A Ruined Fortress? (Lanham MD. & Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield), pp. 17-45.

(2003) “Disciplinary Neo-Liberalism, Regionalization and the Social Market in German Restructuring,” in Alan Cafruny & Magnus Ryner (eds.) A Ruined Fortress? (Lanham MD. & Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield), pp. 201-27.

(2003) w. Thorsten Schulten “The Political Economy of Labour Market Restructuring and Trade Unions in the Social Democratic Heartland,” in Henk Overbeek (ed.) The Political Economy of European (Un)Employment (London & New York: Routledge).

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