Kenneth Dyson

Kenneth Dyson
Professor of European Studies; Coordinator, Doctoral Programme; Coordinator, European Briefing Unit
Cobden Building, Room 16
tel: 01274-233805; fax: 01274-235550


Following completion of his book Elusive Union: The Process of Economic and Monetary Union in Europe, Professor Dyson's work has been chiefly focused on an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) research project on the negotiation of the EMU provisions of the Maastricht Treaty. He has been collaborating on this project with Professor Featherstone, with Dr George Michalopoulos as research officer. Over 250 intensive elite interviews have been conducted in Brussels, Basle, Paris, London, Rome, Bonn and Frankfurt with all the key players in these negotiations. In addition to generating new evidence about how EC negotiations are handled, the project aims to make a contribution to the theory of international negotiations. The main results appear in The Road to Maastrict: Negotiating EMU, OUP, 1999. He is currently working on The Politics of the Euro-Zone, to be published by Addison Wesley Longman in 1999.

Over the period of this research report seminars related to this project were given to a research workshop of the European Consortium for Political Science Research (ECPR) in Oslo; to the annual conference of the Association for the Study of German Politics (ASGP) in London: to the annual conferences of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France in London and in Bradford; to the annual conference of the Political Studies Association in Glasgow; to the 8th annual conference of the ‘Revue Politiques Publiques’ in Paris. In May 1996 a conference was organized with the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) on ‘Can Europe Manage a Multi-Speed EMU?’.

With Professor Featherstone he is organizing a series on Policy and Politics in the European Union, to be published by Longman from 1997. The series will include volumes on EMU by himself and on multi-speed Europe by Professor Featherstone. Again with Professor Featherstone, he began a new funded project on ‘flexible integration’, focusing on the current IGC, with Philip McGuin as research officer.

Professor Dyson also continued to work in two other areas. Firstly, he collaborated with Dr Walter Homolka on the volume Culture First!, which was based on his address to a conference organized by Second German Television (ZDF) and Bertelsmann in Frankfurt, to commemorate the 60th birthday of Dieter Stolte, director general of ZDF. Secondly, his work on German policies and politics was reflected in various current and planned publications.

His current work focuses on two topics. Firstly, the transition to stage three of EMU, particularly on the role of the Franco-German relationship in this transition. His interest is in the relationship between the EMU timetable of the Maastricht Treaty and domestic electoral timetables and politics in France and Germany. Secondly, the nature and implications of the Euro-Zone, especially for European states and their political systems and policy processes.

Professor Dyson was chair of the Higher Education Funding Council's Research Assessment Panel for European Studies for the 1996 research ranking process. He was a member of the panel in 1992. He is currently chairing the repeat assessment exercise for European Studies, to be completed in December 2001.

In 1997 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy, joining the Political Studies section.

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'Benign or Malevolent Leviathan? Social Democratic Governments and the Euro-Zone', The Political Quarterly, April 1999.

'Binding Leviathan: The Franco-German Relationship and the Politics of EMU', West German Politics, April 1999.

'Political Discourse and EMU under the Fifth French Republic', Modern and Contemporary France, April 1999.

(With K Featherstone) The Road to Maastrict: Negoitiating EMU, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1999.

'Tax Harmonisation in Europe', EuroFocus, January 1999.

(With K Featherstone and G Michalopoulos) 'Strapped to the Mast: Central Bankers between Global Financial Markets and Regional Logistics' in W Coleman and G Underhill (eds), Regionalism and Global Economic Integration, Routledge, London, 1998.

'Chancellor Kohl as Strategic Leader: The Scope of EMU' in C Clemens and W.Peterson (eds), The Kohl Chancellorship, Frank Cass, London, 1998.

(With K Featherstone) 'EMU and Presidential Leadership under François Mitterand' in M Maclean (ed), the The Mitterand Years: Legacy and Evaluation, Macmillan Cambs., 1998.

'La France, L'Union économique et monétarê et la constructiôn européenne: renforcer l'exécutif, transformer L'État' , Politiques et Management Public, September 1997.

‘Strains in the Franco-German Alliance’, Bundesbrief, March 1997.

‘Policy Transfer in Regional Economic Development: The Case of SME Policy’, The Regional Review, Vol 7, No 1, April 1997.

(With K Featherstone) ‘EMU and Economic Governance in Germany’, German Politics, Vol 5, No 3, December 1996.

‘European Environmental Policy in the 1990s’, The Regional Review, Vol 6, No 3, December 1996.

(ed. with Walter Homolka), Culture First! Promoting Standards in the New Media Age, Cassell, London, 1996.

‘Changing Perceptions of EMU in Germany: Implications for 1998-99’, Bundesbrief, October 1996.

‘National Interest Comes First’, Bundesbrief, October 1996.

‘Does Germany Have the Political Will to Implement Stage Three of EMU?’, Bundesbrief, September 1996.

‘EMU and Presidential Leadership under François Mitterrand’, Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France, Royal Holloway College, London, September 1996.

(With K Featherstone) ‘Italy and EMU as Vincolo Esterno: Empowering Technocrats, Transforming the State’, Southern European Society and Politics, Vol 1, No 2, Autumn 1996.

‘Towards a Stronger Regional Dimension in the EU?’, The Regional Review, Vol.6, No.1, 1996, pp. 21-23.

‘The German Party Book Administration: An Evaluation’ in K. Goetz (ed.), Germany II, Dartmouth, Aldershot, 1996.

‘The Economic Order: Still Modell Deutschland?’ in G. Smith et al. (eds), Developments in German Politics, Macmillan, London, 1996.

‘The EC and Regional Empowerment’, The Regional Review, Vol 6, No 2, August 1996.

‘Locking Partners into Parity’, Bundesbrief, 19, 1996, pp 3-6.

‘Deadlines Clash over EMU’, Bundesbrief, 18, 1996, pp 1-2.

‘Reinventing the French State: Construction Européene and the Development of French Policies on EMU’, 8ème Colloque International de la Revue Politiques et Management Publiques, Sénat, Palais du Luxembourg, Paris, June 1996.

‘Lessons of Maastricht: Retrospect and Prospects’, University for Contemporary European Studies, conference on ‘Can Europe Manage a Multi-Speed EMU?, King's College, London, May 1996.

‘EMU and Economic Governance in Germany’, Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of German Politics - ‘Economic Governance in Germany’, The Goethe Institute, London, May 1996.

(with K Featherstone) ‘Interlocking Core Executives: Explaining the Negotiation of EMU’, European Consortium for Political Research, workshop on the transformation of governance in the EU, Oslo, April 1996.

(with K Featherstone) ‘EC Central Bankers, the Maastricht Treaty and Global Financial Markets’, in The Evolution of Rules for a Single European Market: Part 1 - Industry and Finance, COST Programme A7, EC Commission, Brussels, 1995.

(with K Featherstone and G Michalopoulos) ‘Strapped to the Mast: EC Central Bankers between the Maastricht Treaty and Global Financial Markets’ in The Journal of European Public Policy, Vol 2, 1995.

‘Culture, Tourism and Regional Development’, The Regional Review, Vol.5, No.2, 1995, pp. 17-19.

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