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Prof. Luo Chih-mei’s New Book Published Worldwide

With expertise in EU research, Prof. Luo Chih-mei (羅至美) from the Department of Public Administration and Policy recently published her latest work “The EU’s Crisis Decade: Reflecting on EU Capitalism and Governance.”  This book inspired new observation and analysis of EU from a non-western point of view.  All kinds of crisis and how EU dealt with crisis between 2008 and 2018 are available in Luo’s new book as well.

The title of the book was also the title of Luo’s research program and her research earned herself “Jean Monnet Chair Professor” by the EACEA in 2018.  Upon the approval by the London-based Palgrave Macmillan, the collection of Luo’s research work was published in more than 50 countries in the world.  Palgrave Macmillan used to publish lots of books with the concentration of China or East Asia related issues.  Luo’s book was the first publication by Palgrave Macmillan that was focused on EU by an Asian author.

The debt crisis for European countries, the changes of labor market, the rising right-wing politics, the Brexit, and the concept of capitalism were all highlighted in Luo’s new book.  The professor said in her book that the EU is actually dealing with various kinds of challenges but the EU took advantage of sole solution to fit it all.  It made the EU’s economic problem go from bad to worse while new social problems were also created, which led to the rising right-wing politics in the Europe and the Brexit.

She also said in her book that the core problem was EU leaders, that they continued their misunderstanding toward capitalism during the past decade.  Luo believes that the misunderstanding is the real crisis for EU.  If nothing changes, she said she will expect the crisis and challenges EU has been dealing with between 2008 and 2018 will become regular, that history will repeat itself.