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Accountability after Economic Crisis



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Speaker: See Programme, below

Venue: The Lecture Room, The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, St James’s, London SW1Y 5AH

One-Day Conference “Accountability after Economic Crisis”, organised by the Research Team of the ESRC-funded project.

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Summary: The Financial Crisis that began in 2008 provoked varied political responses across the world, from public protests to Troika-led bailouts.  It also led to different dynamics of public accountability in each country, including popular calls to put bankers in jail, civil service reforms, and waves of anti-corruption prosecutions.  Understanding why certain tools of accountability, such as prosecutions, apologies, and fact-finding commissions, were used differentially across Europe begs many questions about the political calculations that governed the response to the crisis. The team of the Accountability after Economic Crisis project, an interdisciplinary collaborative project (City University of London, Queen’s University, Belfast and University of Kent), explore these dynamics as they unfolded in six European countries: Cyprus, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Portugal, and Spain.  In a one-day conference to be held at the British Academy, an international team of academics and policy makers will present the fruits of two years of research into the politics of accountability, providing both comparative and country-specific perspectives.  The conference aims to foster dialogue about the policy solutions available to public officials in times of economic crisis.

This conference, which is part of the Accountability After Economic Crisis project, is supported with a generous grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).  ESRC Grant Number: ES/M011321/1.


8.30 – 9.00: Coffee & Refreshments

9.00-9.15: Welcome & Introduction to the Project – Dr Iosif Kovras

9.15-11.00: Accountability Mechanisms in Comparative Perspective

  • Crisis and Punishment? Explaining Bankers’ Prosecutions in Post-Crisis Europe’ – Dr Stefano Pagliari, City, University of London
  • ‘Scapegoat or Cause? Corruption and the Great Recession’ – Dr Nadia Hilliard, City, University of London
  • Truth Commissions after Economic Crisis’ – Dr Iosif Kovras, City, University of London
    • Chair: Prof Anastasia Nesvetailova, City, University of London

11.00-11.30: Coffee Break

11.30-12.45: Accountability & Learning in Southern Europe

  • Greece: Prof Dimitrios Sotiropoulos, University of Athens, Greece
  • Portugal: Mr Joao Cancela, New University of Lisbon (NOVA)
  • Spain: Dr Rubén Ruiz Ramas, Sun Yat-sen University
    • Chair: Prof Neophytos Loizides, University of Kent

12.45 – 1.45: Lunch Break

1.45-3.30: Accountability & Learning after Banking Crisis

  • Iceland: Mr Ragnar Hjalmarsson, Hertie School of Governance
  • Ireland: Dr Shaun McDaid, University of Huddersfield
  • Cyprus: Prof Neophytos Loizides, University of Kent
    • Chair: Dr Nadia Hilliard, City, University of London

3.30-4.00: Coffee Break

4.00-4.45: Policy Roundtable

  • Elisa de la Nuez (Fundación Hay Derecho, Spain)
  • Prof. Angelos Syrigos (Transparency International Greece and Panteion University)

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8.30am - 5.00pmTuesday 22nd May 2018

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