Brexit and the Future of the European Union
The Annual Elizabeth M. Whelan Lecture
Harold James, Claude and Lore Kelly Professor in European Studies, Professor of History and International Affairs, and Director of the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society, Princeton University
Now that the UK has invoked article 50 of the European Union Treaty and triggered Brexit, the position of both the UK and the European Union is precarious and fraught. Which side is most vulnerable? Professor Harold James examines whether there are more general lessons to be drawn from Brexit – for Europe but also in the United States - about responses to globalization and to multilateral governance institutions.
Harold James is Claude and Lore Kelly Professor in European Studies, Professor of History and International Affairs, and Director of the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society at Princeton University. He studies economic and financial history and modern European history. He was a Fellow of Peterhouse at Cambridge University for eight years before joining the faculty at Princeton University in 1986. In 2004, he was awarded the Helmut Schmidt Prize for Economic History, and, in 2005, the Ludwig Erhard Prize for writing about economics. His most recent books include The Euro and the Battle of Economic Ideas (with Markus K. Brunnermeier and Jean-Pierre Landau, Princeton University Press, 2016); Making the European Monetary Union (Harvard University Press, 2012); The Creation and Destruction of Value: The Globalization Cycle (Harvard University Press, 2009); and Family Capitalism (Harvard University Press, 2006). He received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University.