Public event

Book launch: European and global emergency politics

Join us for a discussion on emergency politics beyond the state, celebrating the launch of two new books by Jonathan White (LSE) and Christian Kreuder-Sonnen (University of Jena). 

Crises and emergencies often provoke political reactions that bend or suspend established norms and rules. While this phenomenon has found constitutional expression in the "state of exception" at the domestic level, contingencies that cross borders, such as the euro crisis or the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, nowadays also incite emergency politics beyond the state.

Two new books, "Politics of Last Resort" by Jonathan White and "Emergency Powers of International Organizations" by Christian Kreuder-Sonnen, tackle this development from different angles and provide first insights into the logic, functioning, and institutional as well as normative consequences of exceptional politics at a transnational level. 

Join the authors and distinguished panelists for a discussion on European and global emergency politics. 


Jonathan White is Professor of Politics at the London School of Economics and Deputy Director of the European Institute. He is currently an Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung fellow at the Hertie School, and has previously held visiting positions at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Harvard, Stanford, the Humboldt University, Sciences Po in Paris, and the Australian National University. 

Christian Kreuder-Sonnen is Assistant Professor of International Organizations at Friedrich Schiller University Jena and currently a visiting fellow at Harvard University. Previously, he was a research fellow at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and coordinated the DFG funded research group "Overlapping Spheres of Authority and Interface Conflicts in the Global Order (OSAIC)". 


Kalypso Nicolaïdis is Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford and a governing body fellow at St Antony’s College at the European Studies Centre. Previously professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, she is currently chair of the Oxford Working Group on Brexit as well as the Global PeaceTech programme.

Donatella Della Porta is Professor of Political Science, dean of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences and Director of the PhD programme in Political Science and Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, where she also leads the Centre on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos).  In 2011, she was the recipient of the Mattei Dogan Prize for distinguished achievements in the field of political sociology.


Claus Offe is Professor Emeritus of Political Sociology at the Hertie School. He has held chairs for Political Science and Political Sociology at the Universities of Bielefeld (1975-1989) and Bremen (1989-1995), as well as at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin (1995-2005). He has been a fellow and visiting professor at, among others, the Institutes for Advanced Study at Stanford and Princeton, the Australian National University, Harvard University, the University of California, Berkeley and The New School in New York. 

The event will be followed by a Reception hosted by the LSE European Institute.