16 Dec 2019
Seminars, 12:00 - 14:00, Silva Casa Auditorium, World Trade Institute, Hallerstrasse 6, Bern

Renegotiating the terms of international cooperation

A Global Economic Governance Seminar Series lecture by Stefanie Walter


This seminar discusses the trade-offs and dilemmas that unilateral efforts to renegotiate the terms of, or exit from, international institutions pose for the remaining member states, and the implications this has for the international negotiations surrounding such efforts. The seminar will draw on examples, such as Brexit, the NAFTA renegotiations, and Swiss efforts to renegotiate the terms of free movement of people with the EU.

Speaker biography

Stefanie Walter is Full Professor for International Relations and Political Economy at the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich. She received her PhD in 2007 from ETH Zurich and previously held positions at Harvard University and the University of Heidelberg. Her research in international and comparative political economy examines distributional conflict, political preferences and economic policy outcomes related to globalization and financial crises. Current projects examine the mass politics of disintegration, Brexit, the political economy of the euro crisis, and the effect of exposure to globalization on individuals’ policy and partisan preferences. She is the author of “Financial Crises and the Politics of Macroeconomic Adjustments” (2013, Cambridge University Press) and co-author of “The politics of bad options. Why the Eurozone’s problems have been so difficult to resolve” (forthcoming at Oxford University Press).

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