About me

Regan_Aidan HDI am a lecturer in European political economy at the School of Politics, University College Dublin (UCD), and co-director of the Dublin European Institute. I have previously worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, the European University Institute in Florence, and the University of Amsterdam.

My approach to European political economy stems from the historic-empirical and institutionalist tradition, especially the classical work of Marx, Schumpeter, Weber, Polanyi, Kalecki, C Wright Mills and contemporary authors such as Peter Hall and Wolfgang Streeck. Rather than seeking generalised laws to explain the dynamics of European integration this tradition seeks empirical knowledge of the causal processes through which institutions and politics interact to produce variation in policy outcomes. Outside the silos of my teaching and research I can be found arguing about the origins and policy consequences of the Eurozone crisis, and the legitimation crisis of the democratic state in contemporary capitalism.

Co-Director Dublin European Institute
Lecturer in European Political Economy
UCD School of Politics and International Relations
Room G307, Newman Building,
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 716 8154
Email: aidan.regan@ucd.ie
Website: http://www.aidanregan.com
Blog: http://www.aregan.wordpress.com

14 responses to “About me

  1. Søren Bo Poulsen

    Hi Aidan
    I am interested in the article Governance – Social Partnership article. However, I have difficulties with reviewing the table. Will it be possible to mail the article to me or only the table. Many thanks for your assistance.

  2. I am a French academic and wish to congratulate you on your website! well done!
    I do write research on the Irish economy and find your remarks quite interesting!
    No mention of Europe?I wrote a book on Ireland’s integration into the EU.
    By the way what is the subject of your thesis?

  3. Best of luck with the site Aiden, looking forward to more posts.

    – Dan

  4. We share obsessions Aidan. I’ll follow this blog with interest. Bon chance!

  5. Just happened across your response to the LBS article on the Irish Economy blog and I can only rejoice for the fact that there are people (though few) such as yourself who have the wherewithal to apply succinct rationality and clarity to our current collective woes.

    Regards and keep up the good fight!

  6. Great blog Aidan! I’ll read it with interest.

  7. My God – that is a SCARY article – but so glad I read it. Thanks.

  8. I assume you mean the Goldman Sachs article Carol, cheers!

  9. I do – sorry, got lost on links and log outs! LOVE what I’m reading here – regards, aidan.

  10. I must say, what you have written about the tentacles of G.S., is obvious to anyone who reads the papers, however you have put two and two together and given a harrowing answer! I recently Googled ” who are the Anglo Irish Bondholders” and they sure as hell ain’t Pension funds. Check it out, if you have not already done so, you will be one annoyed bunny
    Very best wishes for 2012

  11. Hi, I noticed your comments defending a job guarantee on irisheconomy. I also see you were in UCD and are going to be in the Max Weber programme. I have been reading Bill Mitchell’s blog for some time and went to see Wray when he was in Croke Park in May. I’ve been hanging around UCD since 2003 and am doing the MA in Economics at the moment, aiming to do my thesis on MMT. I have an interview coming up for the PhD in Economics at the EUI so I might see you in Florence in September if I don’t mess it up!

  12. Hi there,

    I am a new Political Economy student in London who has just begun to dip his toes into economic thought and public policy, a highly daunting but equally fascinating ordeal! I just wanted to say how excited i am at stumbling over this blog and I look forward to reading it now and in the future!

    All the best

  13. Hi Aidan,

    I have only just come across your site and enjoyed what I have read. I agree with your analysis of the imbalances in Europe but would have to disagree that an export led growth will see Ireland come out of it’s present financial difficulties. The internships that the government have introduced are certainly one way of reducing the unit labour cost, but one has to ask where it will end. If they keep introducing such measures it won’t be long before there is no demand for domestic goods as people will have no money to purchase them. The end result will be that we may pay the debt back but the cost to the citizen and the country would be catastrophic. We are a small nation with a very large debt that increases by the second. If it were to somehow dig its way out of the black hole, it will be at the peril of the citizens, who are already paying in huge austerity measures. Entering into a new fiscal policy could be the final nail in the coffin.

    All the best,


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