Jan-Werner Müller teaches in the Politics Department, Princeton University, where he is also the Founding Director of the Project in the History of Political Thought. Co-founder of the European College of Liberal Arts (ECLA), Berlin.
His recent publications include Wo Europa endet: Ungarn, Brüssel und das Schicksal der liberalen Demokratie, Suhrkamp, 2013, and Contesting Democracy: Political Ideas in Twentieth-Century Europe Yale UP, 2011. He is also author of: Another Country: German Intellectuals, Unification and National Identity, Yale UP 2000; A Dangerous Mind: Carl Schmitt in Post-War European Thought, Yale UP, 2003; Memory and Power in Post-War Europe: Studies in the Presence of the Past (ed.), Cambridge UP 2002; German Ideologies since 1945: Studies in the Political Thought and Culture of the Bonn Republic (ed.), Palgrave 2003; Constitutional Patriotism, Princeton University Press 2007.
Normative disintegration, normative disengagement
Should anti-democratic populism continue to cast a shadow across the continent, Europe may well succumb to a creeping process of disintegration, warns Jan-Werner Müller. Now is the time for renewed political engagement, if Europe's democracies are not to start slowly corroding from within. [more]
Protecting the rule of law within EU member states
Despite being well aware of the stakes involved in member states such as Hungary, writes Jan-Werner Müller, the European Commission still lacks fully convincing instruments to deal with constitutional capture: a government's systematic weakening of checks and balances. [more]
What, if anything, is wrong with a Copenhagen Commission?
Jan-Werner Müller deals with critical issues raised by his proposals for a Copenhagen Commission: an independent institution specifically tasked with alerting Europe to threats to democracy, the liberal rule of law and individual rights such as those currently seen in Hungary. [more]
Intellectuals have been accused of failing to restore a European confidence undermined by crisis. Yet calls for legitimating European narratives reflect the logic of nineteenth-century nation building, argues Jan-Werner Müller. [French, German and Italian versions added] [more]
Should Brussels intervene in EU member states?
Brussels is not empowered to be a policeman for liberal democracy in Europe. Not yet. But should it be? Following recent developments in Hungary and Romania, Jan-Werner Müller argues that it is legitimate for Brussels to interfere in member states as a democracy watchdog. [more]
An interview with Jan-Werner Müller
Germany's politicians lack deep European convictions yet are susceptible to calls for a more strident role in Europe; and while the mainstream is unlikely to give up what it sees as the recipe for German success, "constitutional patriotism" could allow for greater Europeanization. [more]
European commemorative culture is an integral component of the post-national process. But how can a "European memory" be justified if we aren't to refer to a continental, quasi-national entity? [more]
Possible ways to talk about the future of the EU today
The one-year "pause for thought" launched by Europe's elites after the rejection of the EU constitution in 2005 was extended in June 2006. This time could be used to discuss the pros and cons of competing Euro-visions, writes Jan-Werner Müller. [more]