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W.Warren WAGAR: ”Crisis and Catastrophe”. This is an unpublished paper from 2004, originally meant for a TCS special issue on global democracy I was editing. Prof. Wagar died in November 2004 and only two of the papers meant for the TCS special issue were ever published (a dialogue about global democracy between me and David Held, available here, and Jamie Morgan’s interview of Michael Hardt). Please let me know if you have any ideas about suitable outlets for Wagar’s paper that is now, in 2017, more relevant than ever!

Early 2000s manuscript “Multiple Pasts, Converging Presents, and Alternative Futures for the European Union”. This is a paper I had been developing since the late 1990s. While I was never totally satisfied with it — I was just beginning to think about the future in a systematic fashion — I submitted it to the Journal of Common Market Studies in 2004, I think, and possibly to another journal as well around the same time. So it must have been rejected twice (a version came out in an edited volume on the future of Europe in 2007, in Finnish). Nevertheless, it is clearly one of the most prophetic papers I have ever written. Scenario 1 has become almost common sensical and perhaps the most likely future is Scenario 2 via Scenario 3. And what is the scenario 3? The EU partly disintegrates because of the conflict with the UK and the new Eastern European members with regard to the direction of the integration process and also because of a general legitimation crisis of the Union. This possibility was not properly spelled out in my later scenarios in Uusliberalismi Suomessa (2007) and The Political Economy of Global Security (2008), perhaps partly because of discouragement, but mostly because that would have complicated my global scenarios further. Of course there is also the possibility of more radical disintegration, which I now think is fairly likely as well.

With Lieven A. Denys: “Draft Treaty on Global Transactions Tax”. This is a slightly modified 2005 version of the Draft Treaty we originally composed in 2002. A parallel but somewhat more complicated project of preparing a fully-fledged draft treaty for a global greenhouse gas tax has been in progress for years.

2 x 2h lecture:On the Nature of Social Scientific Research“. This is a long lecture where I first criticise quantitative and qualitative versions of empiricism and their irrealist consequences, and then provide a better alternative that stresses the role of contrasts, aporias and dialectical argumentation. Among other things, the lecture shows how artificial the standard dichotomies between theoretical-empirical, quantitative-qualitative and factual-normative are. From 2011 onwards I have given this lecture many times in Helsinki, at least a couple of times in Tampere, and a few times in other universities.

With James K. Galbraith & Henning Meyer: “Governance of the EU: Problems and Reform Proposals”, Progressive Economy Policy Recommendation: Governance, published in August 2016. “We take as our premise that the ‘democracy deficit’ in Europe has become a crisis of legitimacy for the European Union, requiring early and dramatic action to begin to restore the trust, faith and confidence of European citizens in European institutions. The steps outlined below are feasible. And they are urgent.”