Schmidt Speaks on Panel on German Elections


Vivien SchmidtProfessor of International Relations and Political Science at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, spoke at a September 7, 2017 panel hosted by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany on the upcoming German elections from the perspective of the United States.

The panel, part of the Consulate’s Konsultations series, was moderated by Consul General Ralf Horlemann and also featured Professor Stephen Walt of the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

The conversation covered the parties involved in the election, the campaign, and what role German leadership should play in the future.

Prof. Schmidt is a Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration at Boston University. Her research focuses on European political economy, institutions, democracy, and political theory. She has published ten books, over 100 scholarly journal articles or chapters in books, and numerous policy briefs and comments, most recently on the Eurozone crisis.  Her current work focuses on democratic legitimacy in Europe, with a special focus on the challenges resulting from the Eurozone crisis, and on methodological theory, in particular on the importance of ideas and discourse in political analysis (discursive institutionalism).