Conference: The Way Forward for the European Union - Past Errors & Proposed Futures

The Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga) in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and National Defence Academy of Latvia invites you to the conference “The Way Forward for the European Union: Past Errors & Proposed Futures” with participation of the world’s leading experts on economic policy construction James Galbraith and Arne Heise.

14:00 - 17:00 Monday 19/10/2015

SSE Riga, Soros Auditorium

14:00 Introduction
Opening remarks by Anders Paalzow, Rector of SSE Riga and Werner Rechman, the Director of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in the Baltic States
Moderator: Professor Jeffrey Sommers

14:15 Presentation by James Galbraith:
“Greece: What Happened and Why it Matters, even for the Baltics”

15:00 Coffee Break

15:15 Presentation by Arne Heise:
“A New EU Economic Governance System: The Way Forward”

16:00 Q&A Session with James Galbraith and Arne Heise
Moderator: Professor Jeffrey Sommers

16:45 Reception 

James Galbraith is the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and Professor of Government at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the University of Texas at Austin. He holds degrees from Harvard and Yale (Ph.D. in economics, 1981). He was in Greece the past half year in an economic policy-consulting role. Notable is his pedigree, where his father, the famous American economist, John Kenneth Galbraith, was a chief architect of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “New Deal,” and a leading diplomat for John F. Kennedy.

Arne Heise is Professor of Public Finance and Public Governance in the art at the Faculty of Social Sciences Economics at the University of Hamburg.

Jeffrey Sommers is Associate Professor of Political Economy & Public Policy at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Visiting Faculty at SSE Riga.


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