How to achieve lasting reforms in advanced democracies.
What is the recipe for successful economic and institutional reforms – reforms that raise welfare and improve the way government works?
Recent years have seen many examples of reform initiatives in Europe and the Western world that, for a variety of reasons, got stuck. Jean-Claude Juncker, while the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, famously said about economic reforms that “we all know what to do, but we don’t know how to get re-elected once we have done it.”
At the same time, many countries have over the past decades achieved a great amount of positive change in their economy and policy. What has been the secret behind their successes? What explains that some advanced countries have changed their direction fundamentally and had a sequence of reforms that has raised competitiveness and efficiency – while other advanced economies struggle to get the basics right?
Please join us for a seminar about how modern and reform-minded statecraft in Europe can be improved.
Professor Constantine Arvanitopoulos, former Minister of Education (2012-2014) in Greece and Visiting Fellow of the Martens Centre for European Studies
Dr. Nils Karlson, founder and CEO of the Ratio Institute and author of Statecraft and Liberal Reforms in Advanced Democracies (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017)