Experts explore “Green New Deal” and “European New Deal” at LBJ School, UT Austin | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

The New Deal has become a leading symbol of our age. But what will it take to bring about the next New Deal?

Experts on economics, climate change, politics and social policy, political leaders and activists will explore the elements of a “Green New Deal” in Europe and America and the “European New Deal” project of the Democracy in Europe Movement during the New Deals in Europe and America conference. The conference, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Monday, November 11, and Tuesday, November 12, at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Experts will discuss the energy transformation necessary to meet the climate crisis and the associated social, labor, financial and economic policies. Peter Bofinger, a German economist and former member of the German Council of Economic Experts, and Kathryn Flynn, executive director of the National New Deal Preservation Association, will deliver keynote remarks. Katrin Jakobsdottir, Prime Minister of Iceland, and Yanis Varoufakis, Member of Parliament and leader of the Democracy in Europe Movement in Greece, will deliver opening remarks via video.

Sessions will cover macro and monetary economics, labor, social movements and politics, the role and control of finance, and steps towards the next New Deal.

This conference is the fifth in a biennial series of Texas conferences on European issues, which have in past years explored the crisis of the Eurozone, the Greek crisis and the relationship of the South American Summer to European problems.

Sponsors include the LBJ School, Center for European Studies, Institute for New Economic Thinking, Hans Boeckler Stiftung and the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. 

LBJ School participants include–

In order of appearance

Conference Program

MONDAY, November 11, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 AM - CHECK-IN and CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:30 – 9:00 AM - INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME

James K. Galbraith, Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations, LBJ School of Public
Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
Douglas Biow, Superior Oil Company-Linward Shivers Centennial Professor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Director of the Center for European Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
Video Greeting: Yanis Varoufakis, Member of Parliament and leader of the Democracy in Europe Movement, Greece

 

9:00 – 10:30 AM - SESSION 1: The New Deal in the United States

Chair: Will Inboden, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

Thomas Ferguson, Director of Research, Institute for New Economic Thinking

Marshall Auerback, Research Director, RIWI

Maria Paola Del Rossi, University of Teramo, Italy

Michael Lind, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

Grzegorz Kolodko, Kozminski University, Warsaw, Poland

 

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM - SESSION 2: Macro and Monetary Economics of a New Deal

Chair: Raj Patel, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

Stephen Cohen, University of California at Berkeley (emeritus)

Yeva Nersisyan, Franklin and Marshall College

Rui Tavares, Founder of Livre, former head of the Ulysses Project, Portugal

David Adler, DieM25 and School of Transnational Governance, Florence, Italy

Robert Pollin, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

12:15 – 1:45 PM - LUNCH in LBJ School Lobby

Luncheon Keynote: What are the Constraints for a Green New Deal?

Peter Bofinger, University of Wuerzburg, Germany

 

2:00 – 3:30 PM - SESSION 3: Climate and Energy

Chair: Michael Marder, Department of Physics, The University of Texas at Austin

Thomas Fricke, New Paradigm Initiative

Sandra Benčić, Coordinator, "Možemo!" (Green-left party), Croatia

Amanda Masino, Department of Biology, Huston-Tillotson University

Jing Chen, University of Northern British Columbia

June Sekera, Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies, New School for Social Research

 

3:30 – 5:00 PM - SESSION 4: Labor, Social Movements and the Politics of a New Deal

Chair: Peniel Joseph, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

Damon A. Silvers, Policy Director and Special Counsel, AFL-CIO

Harold Meyerson, Editor at Large, The American Prospect

Sebastian Dullien, Hans-Boeckler Stiftung, Germany

Chien-Yi Lu, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taipei

John Judis, author, “The Nationalist Revival” and Editor-at-Large, Talking Points Memo.

 

TUESDAY, November 12, 2019

8:00 - 8:50 AM - CHECK-IN and CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:50 - 9:00 AM - Remarks from Hon. Katrin Jakobsdottir, Prime Minister of Iceland (video introduced by Halla Gunnarsdottir, special representative of the PM)

 

9:00 – 10:30 AM - SESSION 5: The Role and Control of Finance

Chair: Rebecca McInroy, KUT Austin

Ken-Hou Lin, Department of Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin

Jerome Roos, London School of Economics

Nicholas Shaxson, Author and Journalist, United Kingdom

Mikhaël Ayache, Economic Counselor, New York office of the Tresor, France

Valur Ingimundarson, University of Iceland

 

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM - SESSION 6: Wrap up and Steps Towards the Next New Deal

Chair: James K. Galbraith, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

Peter Bofinger, University of Wuerzburg, Germany

Grzegorz Kolodko, Kozminski University, Warsaw, Poland

Damon A. Silvers, Policy Director and Special Counsel, AFL-CIO

Sandra Benčić, Coordinator, "Možemo!" (Green-left party), Croatia

Rui Tavares, Founder of Livre, former head of the Ulysses Project, Portugal

 

12:15 - 1:45 PM - LUNCH in LBJ School Lobby

Luncheon Keynote: Women and the Spirit of the New Deal

Kathryn Flynn, National New Deal Preservation Association

1:45 - 2:00 PM - CLOSING REMARKS

2:00 PM - ADJOURN