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About Frank Vibert

Frank Vibert is senior visiting fellow at LSE Global Governance. He is the founder director of the European Policy Forum, and was senior advisor at the World Bank and senior fellow at the United Nations University WIDER Institute, Helsinki. His latest book is Democracy and Dissent; The Challenge of International Rule Making (Edward Elgar, 2011). His previous books include Europe Simple, Europe Strong: The Future of European Governance (Polity, 2001), and The Rise of the Unelected: Democracy and the New Separation of Powers (Cambridge University Press, 2007)

Articles by Frank Vibert

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The rules we live by: democracy’s slow fix

The agreement to international rules - from banking and trade to health and arms-control - is essential to global order. But the process of rule-making is at present undemocratic and prone to failure. The way ahead is to put dissent at the heart, says Frank Vibert.

Democracy's "stress-test": three perspectives

How best can democracies respond to and manage political crises? The market fallout of the global financial turmoil offers three available models - deliberation, defenestration, institutional mediation - of meeting the challenge, says Frank Vibert.

A modern crematorium: absence in Buddhist India

India is both a secular state and a society of rich religious diversity. A journey between Patna and Varanasi prompts Frank Vibert to reflect on Buddhism's intangible presence in the Indian mosaic. In particular, he asks: does this Indian experience suggest that the endurance of a faith lies not in its power or materiality but in confidence that each generation will rediscover its eternal truths in their own way? Why not then simply shed the fear of loss and decline?

The European Union in 2057

Its first half-century has been a qualified success for the European Union. Its fate in the next depends on its ability to look outward, says Frank Vibert.

Germany's presidency: an odd couple

The presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2007 will be vital in revivifying the troubled European project. But Angela Merkel needs a partner. Frank Vibert plays matchmaker.

"Absorption capacity": the wrong European debate

The mood of the European Union is one of renewed if fragile optimism. But its politicians still need to choose reality-based argument and language over evasive jargon, says Frank Vibert.

French referendum lessons

The European constitution is a turkey, says Frank Vibert. If the French reject it, Europeans should cheer, pause – and prepare a better one for next time round.

The new cosmopolitanism

The shock of the new is always painful. War and diplomatic breakdown are symptoms of a transformed political order struggling to emerge. It will be robust, secular, ideas-based, flexible, and interventionist; but it needs anchoring in legitimate force, institutions and public support. This, says the director of the European Policy Forum, is the new cosmopolitanism: and the century’s agenda.

The monarchy as entertainment: Is it more than a joke?

The long, slow collapse of the British monarchy is a global story. The shrivelling of its main parliamentary chamber is a local tragedy. But behind these ‘entertaining’ and ‘dignified’ realms, ‘efficient’ power in Britain has moved to the new field of regulation. Can it be made democratic?

Three cheers for the Bush doctrine

The Bush doctrine for conducting the war against terrorism was greeted with shock and dismay by many in Europe. It should not have been. The six principles set out in Bush’s “axis of evil” speech are ones that European countries should support.

The future of Europe - simplify, simplify

The European project is in difficulty, but the remedies of Castells and Perissich are not the answer. Europe needs, not an emphasis on networks or immediate benefits, but democratic simplicity. A focus on the core activities and rules that can add value to people’s lives opens the way to a creative rethink of the fundamentals of the Union.

Making policy on the hoof

Instant reactions to the attacks on the US are misjudged, and policies based on them will be misguided. At this moment the US and its allies need patience and a clear eye.

History will not stop for Europe

The Euro is coming. Enlargement beckons. Institutions and people are on the move across the continent. Cultures and identities are in flux. From Athens to Helsinki, Europe must imagine its future into shape - or be trampled in the rush.
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