"Democratic Reform in Europe" is the Focus of Upcoming Conference at the LBJ School | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

In the face of Brexit, rising ethnic nationalism and a continuing economic crisis, the future of Europe is uncertain. Is democratic reform of Europe's governing institutions an answer? This is the focus of the upcoming “Democratic Reform in Europe” conference, to be held at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin on November 6 – 7.

The fourth in a biennial series of Texas conferences on European issues, the conference will bring to Austin leading figures of current European politics, including:

  • Yanis Varoufakis, the former finance minister of Greece and author of the global bestseller, Adults in the Room
  • Benoît Hamon, the recent French presidential candidate 
  • Chi Onwurah, the Labour MP and Shadow Minister in the UK
  • Grzegorz Kolodko, the former Vice Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Poland

These leaders will join distinguished academic experts including Kunibert Raffer (University of Vienna), Giuseppe Sacco (LUISS University of Rome), Brendan O'Leary (University of Pennsylvania), Jorge Uxó (University of Castilla-La Mancha) and Henning Meyer of Social Europe, among others, including faculty of the LBJ School.

“Democratic reform is a rising theme across today's Europe, and we are fortunate to be able to bring to Texas speakers from at least eleven European countries and the United States, for a true meeting of minds on this theme,” said LBJ Professor James Galbraith, the conference organizer.

“This fourth Texas conference on the future of Europe shows once again that the LBJ School and The University of Texas are the place to bring the best minds and rising leaders from both continents together for serious and fruitful discussion,” said Angela Evans, dean of the LBJ School.  

Conference participants will discuss the state of Europe, austerity, democratic reform, monetary, debt and policy reform and Europe after Brexit.

Conference sessions will also be available via Facebook Live at Facebook.com/TheLBJSchool.