Olli Rehn

Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs
The Political Economy of the European Response to the 2008 Economic Collapse

Conversations Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Olli Rehn, Vice President of the European Commission, for a discussion of Europe's response to the 2008 Economic Collapse. Topics covered include a comparison of the U.S. and European institutional situation at the time of the Lehman collapse and the divergence of response; Europe's complex institutional structure; why political/economic analysis is necessary for understanding Europe's policy making; why timing, power and sequencing of priorities are so consequential; the role of the commission and its goals; the use of language in navigating the divisions between political and technocratic solutions with specific references to matters such as fiscal consolidation versus stimulus. 

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