SSE Invited Talk - Theo Toonen, "Complexity is not a Metaphor, Anymore"

Monday, October 22, 2012 ( 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm )

Location: Babbio 541B and Online via Wimba

How European Integration Changed Policy-Making

SSE Invited Talk
Complexity is not a Metaphor, Anymore:
How European Integration Changed Policy-Making
Theo Toonen
Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM)
TU Delft

The current crisis in the EU - which still is not a monetary,  but an institutional crisis (under reconstruction and repair) - triggers all kinds of speculation about the future, particularly the future shape of European Integration. Many perceive the inevitability of a further centralization of policymaking, along the lines of a 'United States of Europe' for the experiment to succeed. Reviewing some of the basic design characteristics and features of the emerging European institutional order of the past two decades, suggest that a different approach is more likely to do the job: understanding EU Integration as an exercise in 21st Century Complexity Science, rather than a 19th Century exercise in Federal Theory. Europe needs empirical rather than formal constitution building. Understanding the role of technology, infrastructure and systems dynamics are key to it. Will engineers come to the rescue?'

Prof. dr. Theo Toonen is Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM) at Delft University of Technology, and Professor of Institutional Governance and Public Administration at Delft University of Technology and Leiden University. 
He has been Chair of Institutional and Comparative Public Administration in Leiden since 1989 and became Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Leiden University in 2003. In March 2008 he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of TPM at Delft University of Technology.
Professor Toonen’ s research has focused on themes ranging from water management and governance, multi-scaled, multi-level (European) governance, (international) comparative public administration, and public sector and administrative reform to urban and regional government in international perspective.
He has been policy advisor to various Dutch Ministers, member of the Independent Dutch National Advisory Committee Water (AcW; 2004-2012), and is currently at the Intergovernmental Financial Relations Council (RfV) and the board of the StimulanSZ Foundation on Decentralization and Social Policy.