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Professor Michael Bolle

Michael Bolle is Professor of Political Economy and Economic Policy at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at Freie Universität Berlin. He has held this position since 1973. He has widely conducted research at US faculties, including stays in Harvard's Center of European Studies, Berkeley's Institute of Industrial Relations as well as the University of Texas, the University of Wisconsin and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His work focuses on explaining policy choices through the interaction of strategic actors with institutional frameworks, a core dimension of EuroMed 2025. He has worked widely on the European Union, most recently focusing on eastward Enlargement and the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. Professor Bolle, who is also scientific coordinator of the EuroMed 2025 project, has already led numerous successful large-scale projects, particularly in cooperation with the European Union. He is currently directing the GO-EuroMed collaborative research project under the 6th Framework Programme, which runs from 2006 to 2008. He was also project coordinator for Ezoneplus - The Eastward Enlargement of the Euro-zone under the 5th Framework Programme and for YouREC - young researchers enlargement conferences. Furthermore, he contributes valuable experience in communicating contemporary research to policy-makers and has recently advised several central banks in the Western Balkans within technical cooperation projects. The Jean Monnet Centre's Monnet Lectures also provide an important forum for regular exchange about research and its implications between scholars, students and policy-makers.

The Berlin Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence has been conducting research in the field of European economic policy-making, European integration, and policy studies since 1998. Directed by Prof. Dr. Michael Bolle, its research and teaching staff - including a Jean Monnet Chair - possesses wide ranging expertise in economics and political science together with practical policy-making experience. Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence are awarded by the European Union as part of a Europe-wide network of currently 101 selected research institutions. The Berlin Centre is part of the Otto-Suhr-Institute at the Freie Universität of Berlin, one of the leading political science locations in Europe. Research at the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence focuses on the processes associated with both integration and decision-making in the EU. The methodological foundation is that of positive analysis, generally based on rational choice approaches.

Within EuroMed 2025, Professor Bolles work in the Issue Area "Economic Governance" will focus on global as well as domestic factors driving demographic and global trends. In reference to the findings he will develop a pessimistic scenario of economic developments and policy recommendations on soft governance and anchoring. In addition, he will consult the consortium as a scientific coordinator.




 
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Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Recent relevant publications:
  • Bolle, M. (2006): It's politics, stupid! - EMU enlargement between an economic rock and a political hard place, CESifo Forum, Vol. 7, No. 4, pp. 22-28.
  • Gandára, P. / Buege, M. (2006): The European Union's Trade Policy towards the Southern Mediterranean: Coherence or Chaos?, GO-EuroMed Working Paper 0601, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for European Integration Berlin.
  • Bolle, M. (ed.) (2006): The Political Economy of Governance in the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, GO-EuroMed Conference Report 1, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for European Integration Berlin.
  • GoEuromed-Consortium (2008): 'Report for the GoEuroMed Brussel Conference, 27-28 November 2008', Prepared for EC Research Project GO EuroMed. Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for European Integration.


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