EU Views: Elizabeth Carter
Name: Elizabeth “Betsy” Carter
Occupation(s): Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of New Hampshire
Connection to Europe: Her current book project is an investigation of the linkages between political organization, market protection, and value construction in luxury markets in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and the EU. Carter’s comparative political economy research analyzes the dynamics between trust and power across the supply chain, and their relationship to prices and perceived production quality.
Date of interview: April 10, 2017
In this episode, Elizabeth Carter describes her belief that current changes in the direction of the European project present an opportunity to not only increase the legitimacy of the EU but also to offer Member States an opportunity to implement policies that complement their own institutions. She then explains how the EU is based upon a “vision of visionaries” rather than the needs and concerns of European citizens, which have gone unheard, and she condemned far right politicians for moving Europe toward a past that never truly existed. “The future is open,” is Carter’s closing remark, as she articulates her hope for a Europe in which diversity is celebrated and economic regulations are rolled back to allow comparative advantages for individual Member States.