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The monthly Max Weber Lectures are given by distinguished scholars from the four disciplines of the EUI. The Programme aims at inviting scholars who address topical issues from an interdisciplinary perspective that will appeal to the EUI academic community as a whole.

At least one of the Lecturers will be related to each of the Thematic Research Groups (TRG), and every Group will have an opportunity to organize a workshop on the following day with the relevant Lecturer. All Lecturers will also be available to discuss the work of Fellows on an informal basis.

Unless otherwise stated the lectures are at 17.00, the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the EUI main building, the Badia Fiesolana, and are followed by a cocktail.

For further information about individual Max Weber Lectures, please contact Karin Tilmans   

Upcoming lecture

NWoodsphotoNgaire Woods
(University of Oxford)

"Backlash:  Is globalization killing democracy?"

14 December 2016

Badia, Refettorio

Chair: MW Fellow Marta Musso (HEC)
Presenter: Jennifer Welsh (SPS Professor)




About the speaker:

Professor Ngaire Woods is the inaugural Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and Professor  of Global Economic Governance. Her research focuses on global economic governance, the challenges of globalization, global development, and the role of international institutions. She founded and is the Director of the Global Economic Governance Programme.

She is co- founder (with Robert O. Keohane) of the Oxford- Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship programme. She led the creation of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University.

Ngaire Woods has served as an Advisor to the IMF Board, to the UNDP’s Human Development Report, and to the Commonwealth Heads of Government.

She has also served as a member of the IMF European Regional Advisory Group, and Chair of a World Economic Forum’s  Global Agenda Council. She is currently a Rhodes Trustee, a Non-Executive Director of Arup, a member of the Advisory Group of the Center for Global Development (Washington DC), a member of the Board of the Center for International Governance Innovation (Waterloo), a member of the Academic and Policy Board of Oxonia, a member  of the Board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation,  and a Trustee of the   Europeaum.


She was a regular presenter of the Analysis Program for BBC Radio 4, and in 1998 presented her own BBC TV series on public policy. 

Her recent books include: The Politics of Global Regulation (with Walter Mattli, Oxford University Press, 2009), Networks of Influence? Developing Countries in a Networked Global Order (with Leonardo Martinez-Diaz, Oxford University Press, 2009), The Globalizers: the IMF, the World Bank and their Borrowers (Cornell University Press, 2006),Exporting Good Governance: Temptations and Challenges in Canada’s Aid Program (with Jennifer Welsh, Laurier University Press, 2007), andMaking Self-Regulation  Effective  in  Developing Countries (with Dana Brown, Oxford University Press, 2007).  


Max Weber Lectures 2016-2017

  • Wednesday 26 October 2016 
    Kalypso Aude Nicolaïdis (University of Oxford)
    "Three Meanings of Brexit"
    Thematic Group: Diversity and Unity 
  • Wednesday 16 November 2016
    Philippe Van Parijs (Université Catholique de Louvain)
    "Just Europe" 
    Thematic Group: Legal, Political and Social Theory
  • Wednesday 14 December 2016
    Ngaire Woods (University of Oxford)
    "Backlash:  Is globalization killing democracy?"
    Thematic Group: Europe in the World 
  • Wednesday 18 January 2017
    Barbara Petrongolo (Queen Mary University London) 
    "Women at work: Trends, current perspectives and policy responses"
    Thematic Group: Inequality and Efficiency in Education and Labour Markets 
  • Wednesday 15 February 2017
    Barry Eichengreen (Berkeley University)
    Thematic Group: Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa 
  • Wednesday 22 March 2017
    Rhacel Salazar Parrenas (University of Southern California
    Thematic Group: Citizenship and Migration
  • Wednesday 26 April 2017
    Sally E. Merry (New York University)
    Thematic Group: Legal, Political and Social Theory: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
  • Wednesday 24 May 2017
  • Marc Lilla (Columbia University)
    Thematic Group: Legal, Political and Social Theory: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
  • Wednesday 21 June 2017
    Mary Kaldor (London School of Economics)
    Thematic Group: Europe in the World 


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