Erik Jones

Erik Jones, PhD

Director of European and Eurasian Studies
Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy
European and Eurasian Studies
International Political Economy

SAIS Europe

Expertise

Topics
  • Governance
  • Economics
  • Globalization
  • European Union and Transatlantic Relations
  • International Political Economy
Languages
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Italian

Background and Education

Erik Jones is Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. He is also Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College in Oxford, United Kingdom. Jones is author of The Politics of Economic and Monetary Union (2002), Economic Adjustment and Political Transformation in Small States (2008), and, together with Dana Allin, Weary Policeman: American Power in an Age of Austerity (2012). His most recent book is a collection of short essays called The Year the European Crisis Ended (2014). He is editor or co-editor of more than twenty books or special issues of journals on topics related to European politics and political economy including The Oxford Handbook of the European Union (2012) and The Oxford Handbook of Italian Politics (2015). Professor Jones teaches on topics in international and comparative political economy with a particular focus on Europe and the transatlantic relationship.

Professor Jones is a frequent commentator on European politics and political economy whose contributions have been published in, among others, Financial Times, New York Times, USA Today, and newspapers and magazines across Europe. He has written extensively on European monetary integration and macroeconomic governance and has been active in public debates about the European response to the global economic and financial crisis. Professor Jones is co-editor of Government and Opposition and he is a contributing editor to the Institute for International and Strategic Studies journal Survival.

Jones earned his AB at Princeton University (1988) and his MA and PhD at Johns Hopkins SAIS (1990, 1996). Prior to joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins, he worked at the Centre for European Policy Studies, the Central European University and the University of Nottingham. A US citizen, Jones has lived in Europe for the last twenty-five years; he is married with three children.


Fall 2016 
This course int...
This course introduces students to thinking about risk in the international political economy so that they can better understand the complex decisions that face economic and political leaders in a globalized world. The course begins with basic notions of risk and uncertainty, progresses to more complex models for financial and economic risk, and the proceeds to broader considerations of political, social, and cultural risk. The emphasis is on method 'how we should think about risk' and the empirical material builds on case studies of actual decisions. The course also includes a companion seminar series that involves a mix of conversations about ideas, experience, and careers in risk management. The course and companion seminar series was inspired and is supported by SAIS Bologna Center Advisory Council Member Robert S. Singer and builds on his experience as Chief Financial Officer at Gucci, and Chief Executive Officer at Abercrombie & Fitch and Barilla Holding S.p.A. (Crossed listed International Political Economy/International Relations) (T&H)
Fall 2016 
Introduces the ...
Introduces the national models for political and economic organization in Europe. The objective is to understand how Europe's economic patterns have developed through the more recent period of globalization, European integration and the end of the Cold War. (Crossed listed European and Eurasian Studies/International Political Economy)
Fall 2016 
The purpose of ...
The purpose of this course is to help students work through the challenge of understanding risk in international political and economic relations. That challenge is both methodological and substantive. Students will have to tackle 'how' we understand and 'what' we understand at the same time. Along the way, they will have to consider those things we cannot understand or anticipate with any meaningful degree of precision. They will have to deal with the 'uncertainty' that lies beyond the boundaries of 'risk'.

The subject matter is open-ended. Virtually every aspect of politics or economics can be cast in terms of risk and uncertainty, no matter whether we look to the future or reflect upon the past. Therefore, the course builds on a thematically structured, case study approach. Each week introduces a new principle that is useful in understanding risk; each week provides cases that illustrate the usefulness of that new principle. Moreover, as our understanding of risk becomes more sophisticated, the cases become more complex. The ultimate goal is to be able to analyze matters of risk and uncertainty as they manifest around decisions taken by leaders in government or business in the real world.
Spring 2017 
This seminar of...
This seminar offers students the opportunity to explore some of the major contributions to international political economy in the context of an evolving sub-discipline. The objective is to confront complex ideas about a complex global political economy. The central focus will lie on the nation state and the transatlantic economy. However, the course will also address concerns about North-South relations, non-state actors, interdependence, institutions, and ideas. The course is organized around a 'great books' approach-with students being asked to read a book a week in preparation for seminar discussion. This is a heavy preparation load and will require an equally weighty commitment on the part of the students. The expectation is that these students will be literate in politics and economics, but no more. The reading list contains questions to help guide you through the texts however the seminars are themselves open-ended and discussion-led. (Crossed listed International Political Economy/International Relations) (T&H)
Spring 2017 
The purpose of ...
The purpose of this course is to encourage students to develop a deeper understanding of European financial market integration. The course begins with the completion of the internal market in the late 1980s and ends with current efforts to form a European banking union. Along the way, it introduces both common institutions and distinctive national frameworks. It also looks at how regulations promulgated within Europe interact with those developed at the global level. Students should have a good understanding of Macroeconomics. Some background in international monetary theory and corporate finance would be advantageous but is not required. (Crossed listed European and Eurasian Studies/International Political Economy) (Videoconference)
February 11, 2017 
Erik Jones, Dir...

Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, is quoted on The Globe and Mail in an article entitled "When voters feel the world is broken, the Trumps rise."

February 10, 2017 
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Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, will speak at the Centre for European Studies Harvard about "The Current Turmoil in Italy (and Europe)."

January 31, 2017 
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Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, wrote a piece on The Freethink Tank entitled "The Rise of Populism and the Italian Referendum ."

January 10, 2017 
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Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, is quoted on CNBC in an article entitled "Rescued banks propose deal to rebuild lost trust in Italian banks."

January 9, 2017 
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Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, wrote an article for Eastonline entitled "European Conscience - Apple/EU, taxes and multinationals."

January 4, 2017 
Erik Jones, Dir...

Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, is interviewed on CNBC in an article entitled "Appetite for Italian bank shares could be on the rise."

December 15, 2016 
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Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, is interviewed on CNBC> in an article entitled "Italy could be heading for another risky referendum on reforms."

December 12, 2016 
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Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, is quoted on Wirtschaftswoche in an article entitled "Monte dei Paschi. Darum ist die älteste Bank der Welt so gefährlich (in German)."

December 10, 2016 
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Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, gives his insights on Sputnik News about "Matteo Renzi: Italian Drama to Be Continued."

December 9, 2016 
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Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, wrote an article for the Wirtschaftswoche entitled "Politisches Miteinander neu aushandeln (in German)."