On 18th October 2018, the project organized a roundtable in Brussels (Brussels School of International Studies). The panel shed light on the nexus between policies of accountability and learning from past policy failures in countries emerging from economic crisis. Although there is a vast literature on economic crises, we know relatively little about which conditions facilitate or impede the decision of countries and international bodies to engage with issues of accountability and responsibility. Ten years on, the Great Recession provides an excellent backdrop against which to examine these processes, as international organizations and post-crisis countries have set up investigative (or judicial) mechanisms to deal with the political and institutional flaws that led to the meltdowns, ranging from commissions of inquiry to prosecutions of financial and political actors. The three contributions in this roundtable examined the puzzling variations in the types of crises and punishments in post-crisis Europe (Kovras & Pagliari), the role of the European Central Bank in ensuring accountability in the post-Crisis Era (Popelier & Lettanie) as well as the impact of cabinet and cabinet replacements in parliamentary accountability (Barnes & Morgan-Jones). Aiming to address the new challenges between effective governance and accountability, this roundtable highlighted the broader challenges facing post-crisis Europe in the 21st century.

Crisis & Punishment? Explaining Politicians’ Appetite for Retribution in Post-Crisis Europe

Iosif Kovras Reader in Comparative Politics, City University of London) & Stefano Pagliari Senior Lecturer in International Politics, City University of London.

Re-assessing the European Central Bank’s Independence and Accountability in the Post-Crisis Era

Patricia Popelier Professor of constitutional law at the law faculty of the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and the Vice President of the International Association of Legislation & Ute  Lettanie PhD Candidate at the Law Faculty of the University of  Antwerp (Belgium).

Cabinet Replacements and Parliamentary Accountability

Lucy Barnes Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the University College London & Edward Morgan-Jones Senior Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent.

Isabelle Ioannides, Senior Associate Researcher, Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Discussant)

Neophytos Loizides Professor at the School of Politics and IR at the University of Kent (Chair)


Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS), University of Kent

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