The purpose of academic research is to pursue a cold and clinical objective truth, but many researchers who find themselves delving deep into the crux of a political issue are driven by a profound sense that something is wrong with the status quo and that something ought to be done about it. And yet, there is a widespread stigma against ‘activist research’ which is often considered biased. Meanwhile many believe there is also something slightly deceptive about concealing a strongly held conviction. So somehow, a balance must be struck.
Since the Arab Spring started in 2010, those living in the countries around the edge of Europe have endured unprecedented levels of political and economic uncertainty that has, across the region, resulted in bloodshed and instability. As violence escalated in North Africa and the Middle East, populist anti-immigration rhetoric has steadily proliferated throughout Western European politics in the wake of the Eurozone debt crisis. This has created a political landscape hostile to any kind of pro-immigration legislation and fostered a desire for each country to protect its own narrow economic and social interests.
For the first time in living memory a generation of Europeans are expecting to grow up worse off than their parents as living standards across the western world continue to slide. Professor Juan J. Dolado joined the the EUI in January, he has written extensively on the issue and is now one of the rare optimistic voices in the debate.
Matthias Sutter joined the EUI last September as Professor of Applied Economics. His work as an experimental economist explores the behaviour of children and teenagers. His latest book looks at the correlation between patience and life time achievement. “The idea is to study how human behaviour responds to incentives. That is what experimental economics is,” […]
Richard Bellamy is the new Director of the Max Weber Programme. He joins the EUI after seven years at University College London during which time he established their Political Science Department and European Institute. With his boxes of books still unpacked, he discusses what lies ahead for him and the programme over the next five […]