School of Transnational Governance
Students take part in an executive training session at the European University Institute. Photo by the European University InstituteCredit

Managing Crises: the Economics and Politics of Reform


Date: 19-20 November 2020

Place: European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Course Coordinator: George Papaconstantinou (School of Transnational Governance, EUI) 



Participants of this executive training will gain an understanding of the methods and tools required to become 'Agents of Change' within both national and international administrations. At the same time, they will gain valuable insights through interactive exercises with a network of peers.

The training will apply a rigorous, evidence-based approach to economic reform efforts drawn from the hands-on experience of senior policy practitioners. The thematic focus will lie on the constraints and opportunities of the broader economic and geopolitical environment and the political economy aspects of designing and successfully implementing reform programmes. Moreover,  it will address the specific foundational issues in structural fiscal reforms (e.g. budget and tax) as well as the reform of social protection systems.


How you will learn during the training:

  • Interactive exchange of knowledge on key areas of structural reform and on political and administrative issues that play a role in shaping a comprehensive economic reform programme.
  • Case study presentation and discussion of successful reform efforts presented by experienced policy makers and policy analysts.
  • Simulated negotiations in the preparation of comprehensive reform packages with internal political constituencies and external funding institutions.


What you will gain from this training: 

  • Analytical skills and substantive knowledge in key areas of programme design.
  • Capacity to approach the issue of effective implementation of public structural reform policies.
  • Critical understanding of the opportunities and constraints intrinsic to such reform efforts
  • Understanding of the administrative and political preparation and prioritization, to include communication of goals and measuring progress and results.


Fees: 1,300 € 

A discount of 25% will be applied to the charges for international European and national civil servants, as well as to members of the NGOs. 
The fees cover the cost of the course as well as coffee and lunch breaks. Travel and hotel costs are not included in the fees.


Meet your trainers:

Megan Greene Senior Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

George Papaconstantinou Part-time Professor at the School of Transnational Governance (European University Institute) and former Finance Minister of Greece

Bob Traa Economist and Independent Consultant