The European Political Economy Forum at the ESC analysed political economy issues facing Europe. It served as an umbrella for policy-oriented research on European economic institutions and practices in the face of evolving socio-political pressures.
The European Political Economy Forum addressed institutional issues challenging Europe in the wake of the 2011-12 crisis, with a main focus on economic and financial architecture. A key tenet is that European institutions are more likely to be legitimate and durable if their design is informed by a multi-disciplinary approach which draws on analytical frameworks from across the social sciences. EuPEP’s research paid special attention to the diversity of circumstances and experiences across both European Union members and their neighbours.
In 2021, the main theme is on the political economy of managing climate change, given Europe’s transformational Green Deal and Britain’s host role for COP26 international climate negotiations. A conference on January 21, 2021 European Climate Action--Political Economy Challenges, kicked off the agenda, and is being followed by a series of related seminars. EuPEP is also collaborating on discussions of how Europe is managing covid, and continuing its longer-term research efforts on strengthening financial stability and governance.