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Crisis, Idea and Policy Transformation

Experts and Expertise in European International Organizations, 1973-1987

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Published on Wednesday, January 08, 2014


Crisis and crisis experience were central to Western European history between the first oil crisis of 1973 and the creation of the Single European Act. European international organizations (IOs) such as the OECD or the EC played a crucial role in debating and addressing manifold dimensions of crisis, shifting discourses and transforming policies at national and European level. These IOs drew heavily on experts and their expertise in debating and managing crisis and seeking solutions for structural problems. Organized jointly by the University of Portsmouth and Maastricht University on 30-31 January 2014, the workshop will investigate who were the experts active within IOs and what type or form of expertise they had and draw upon in agenda-setting, policy deliberation and decision-making. It will also discuss the role of experts in policy-making in the respective IOs and their influence on the development of the policy area concerned.




13:30-14:00 Arrival of participants and coffee

14:00-14:30 Introduction, C. Germond/W. Kaiser

14:30-16:00 Session 1: Cross-sectoral Institutional Expertise (Chair: Carine Germond)

  • Mathieu Leimgruber (University of Geneva)/Alix Heiniger (University of Lausanne)/Samuel Beroud (University of Geneva), A Pilot Fish Ahead of the Sharks? Economic and Statistics Experts
  • Paul Stephenson (Maastricht University/Sciences Po Paris), Starting From Scratch? Experts and the Rise of Auditing

Discussant: Kiran K. Patel (Maastricht University)

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-18:00 Session 2: Experts in the Agricultural Sector (Chair: Wolfram Kaiser)

  • Carine Germond (Maastricht University/University of Portsmouth), Advocating or Opposing Reform? Agricultural Policy
  • Claire Dunlop (University of Exeter), Epistemic Communities and Policy Learning: the Hormones Saga

Discussant: Sophie Vanhoonacker (Maastricht University)

20:00 Dinner


09:00-10:30 Session 3: Experts in the Industrial and Service Sectors I (Chair: Carine Germond)

  • Wolfram Kaiser (University of Portsmouth), Globalization, Economic Transformation and the Environmental Challenge: Heavy Industry
  • Arthe van Laer, Technological Innovation and Policy Change: Telecommunications

Discussant: Vincent Lagendijk (Maastricht University)

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:30 Session 4: Experts in the Industrial and Service Sectors II (Chair: Wolfram Kaiser)

  • Sally Sheard (University of Liverpool), Equity, Effectiveness and/or Efficiency: Health Policy
  • Monika Baár (University of Groningen), From Social Welfare to Human Rights: Disability Policy

Discussant: Karen Heard-Lauréote (University of Portsmouth)

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:00 Session 5: Experts in Environment and Development Policies (Chair: Carine Germond)

  • Jan-Henrik Meyer (University of Aarhus), The Myth of the Independent Expert: Environmental Policy
  • Christian Salm (University of Portsmouth), Accelerating Economic and Social Progress: Development Aid Policy

Discussant: Raf de Bont (Maastricht University)

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-17:00 Session 6: Experts in Banking and Foreign Policy Cooperation (Chair: Wolfram Kaiser)

  • Alexis Drach (European University Institute), Networks and Financial Globalisation: Banking Supervision
  • Alexander Reinfeldt (University of Hamburg), Between Cyprus and Afghanistan: European Political Cooperation

Discussant: Aneta Spendzharova (Maastricht University)

17:00-18:00 Conclusion, C. Germond/W. Kaiser

General discussion

18:00-19:00 Studying Experts from an Interdisciplinary Perspective: Potentials, Challenges and Pitfalls (Chair: Wolfram Kaiser)

Tannelie Blom (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), Carine Germond (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), Ellen Vos (Faculty of Law), Kai Michelsen (Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences)


Carine Germond, Wolfram Kaiser



  • Soiron Building, Spiegelzaal - 80-82 Grote Gracht
    Maastricht, Holland (6200 MD)


  • Thursday, January 30, 2014
  • Friday, January 31, 2014


  • Experts, International Organizations, Europe


  • Carine Germond
    courriel : carine [dot] germond [at] port [dot] ac [dot] uk

Information source

  • Carine Germond
    courriel : carine [dot] germond [at] port [dot] ac [dot] uk


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« Crisis, Idea and Policy Transformation », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, January 08, 2014, https://doi.org/10.58079/p7k

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