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Last modified: Thursday, April 7, 2011

IU conference to examine European, U.S. responses to economic crisis

April 7, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The financial crisis which hit economies around the world in 2008 is shaping to be a defining feature of our times. And while common factors contributed to the economic downturn, countries have responded differently. How have the "politics" of economic crisis and the Great Recession played out differently in Europe, the United States, and elsewhere? What explains these differences? And what does this mean for the future of global economic and political relations?

To answer these questions, a conference taking place Friday (April 8) at Indiana University will bring together a diverse set of scholars along with members of the policy and business communities to identify similarities and differences in crisis responses on both sides of the Atlantic.


The conference, "European Responses to the Economic Crisis," takes place from 8:25 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. in room 200 of Woodburn Hall on the IU Bloomington campus. All sessions are free and open to the public.

"This is a particularly interesting time to 'check in' with how the policymakers in Europe and the U.S. are responding to the crisis," said Tim Hellwig, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science in the IU College of Arts and Sciences, who organized the conference. "We have the benefit of looking back on two-plus years of events, but in most cases the final policy outcomes are still unknown. So this conference is an opportunity to both evaluate efforts to date and to speculate on their longer term economic and political effects."

The conference will include presentations by faculty members and doctoral students from the Department of Political Science and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU and experts on European politics and economics from the universities of Arizona, Minnesota and North Carolina and American, Florida State, DePaul, Texas A&M and Washington.

Themes for conference panels include comparing responses to the economic crisis in Europe and the U.S., the crisis in the context of the European welfare state, and implications for voters and political parties. A schedule and links to conference papers are available online.

Sponsors include the Indiana University European Union Center, the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs, the Department of Political Science, the Center for International Business Education and Research, the West European Studies Center, and the Graduate and Professional Student Organization. It is also partially supported through a grant from the European Commission.

The European Union Center at Indiana University, established in 2005 as part of a network of EU Centers in the United States, promotes knowledge of the European Union through education, scholarship and public outreach. Its diverse resources support the study of the EU and its member states by students, faculty, teachers, business, and community leaders. For more information see