dr.
(Karim) MKA Kniou

dr. (Karim) MKA Kniou
Associate Professor International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) Academic Staff Unit
Location
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam
Email
knio@iss.nl
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Profile

Karim Knio (PhD University of Birmingham UK) is Associate Professor in International Political Economy and Governance at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is currently the Chair of the ISS research group Governance, Law and Social Justice and was the Associate Managing Editor of European Political Science Review (EPSR). His research focuses on the intersection between international political economy, governance and public policy with a particular interest in the literatures on varieties of capitalism, variegated neoliberalism, institutional analysis, politics of crisis management, EU Neighbourhood Policies and Lebanese politics. He is the author of The European Union’s Mediterranean Policy: Model or Muddle? A New Institutionalist Perspective (Palgrave Macmillan 2013), and *The South China Sea and Asian Regionalism: A Critical Realist perspective-*with Thanhdam Truong (Springer 2016). His recent co-edited book (2019) with Bob Jessop entitled, ‘The Pedagogy of Economic, Political and Social Crises: Dynamics, Construals, and Lessons’ is published by Routledge.

Teaching

He is the academic coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus Master’s program in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP) at the Institute of Social Studies, where he teaches the following courses:

  • Contemporary Capitalism and Governance: Neoliberalism and Beyond (ISS 4212)
  • Thinking about Governance and Institutions (ISS ).
  • Politics of Global Development: Debating Liberal Internationalism (ISS 4307).
  • Power, Politics and Development (ISS 1104)

Research

His research interests and publication record can be traced along four overlapping tracks:

Track 1 – Governance and Institutional Analysis in the Euro-Mediterranean Area

The first track was a direct spill over from his PhD years and project. It focused on the political economy of EU-Mediterranean relations (the Barcelona process and European Neighbourhood Policy) and general topics in Middle Eastern and Lebanese politics.  His book on the EU-Med relations (The EU Mediterranean Policy: Model or Muddle? A New Institutionalism Perspective, by Palgrave Macmillan 2013);  his article on the rise and fall of the Euro-Mediterranean Development Bank (‘Investigating the two faces of Governance: the case of the Euro-Mediterranean Development Bank’ in Third World Quarterly 2010); and his book chapter on the transformation of Hizballah in Lebanese politics (‘Conceptualising Hizbollah's Transformation in Lebanon’s Post-Cedar Revolution: Proxy Client or Structural Path Dependency?’ in M. Salih (ed) Interpreting Islamic Political Parties, by Palgrave Macmillan 2009) constitute a sample of key publications which reflect the content of this track. Recently, his interests within this track includes gas extraction in the Euro-Mediterranean area.

Track 2 - Political Economy of Crisis, Learning and Institutions

The second track is more focused on the political economy of crises. More specifically, it highlights the implications and prospects of analysing dynamics of different types of crises from a variety of alternative theoretical standpoints. His co-authored book with Thanhdam Truong on the South China crisis (The South China Sea and Asian Regionalism: A Critical Realist perspective, published by Springer 2016); his article on Hezbollah’s crisis of identity after the Syrian revolution against the Assad regime (‘Structure, Agency and Hezbollah: A Morphogenetic View’, in *Third World Quarterly *2010); and his book chapter on the role of EU financial supervision experts amidst the financial crisis of 2008 (‘Role of Experts and Financial Supervision in the EU: The de Larosière Report’, in M. Ambrus, K. Arts, E. Hey, and H. Raulus (eds) The Role of ‘Experts’ in International Decision-making: Advisors, Decision-makers or Irrelevant? (Cambridge, 2014) constitute a sample of key publications which reflect the content of this track. 

Track 3 – Politics of Social Ontology

The third track builds upon the previous two by making the link between the political economy of crises and the politics of social ontology more explicit. Key to these links are the deepened and recurrent manifestation of (variegated) neoliberalization processes within the Euro-Mediterranean context. His recent co-edited book with Bob Jessop on the nexus between crises and learning (The Pedagogy of Economic, Political and Social Crises: Dynamics, Construals and Lessons, published by Routledge in 2019);  his book chapter on the variegated neoliberalization nature of Euro-Med policies (Minding Development gaps in Euro-Mediterranean Policies: A Vareigated Neo Liberalization Thesis?- published in the handbook of Mediterranean Politics, Routledge in 2017); and his article on the differences between variegated neoliberalization processes in Egypt and Morocco (Diffusion of Variegated Neo liberalization processes in Euro-Mediterranean Policies: A Strategic Relational Approach,  in Globalizations in 2019) speak to these research interests. A more explicit focus on social ontology can be seen in his two recent articles in the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour: The Morphogenetic Approach and Immanent Causality: A Spinozian Perspective (2018) and Critical Realist Encounters: Morphogenizing the French Régulation Approach’ (2020). He is currently working on a manuscript that studies the intersection between political economy and social ontology.

Track 4 - Political Economy of Crisis, Complexity and Causality

The fourth track combines all the previous streams and focuses on the political economy of crisis, complexity, and causality. Along this track, he organized a workshop in the Fall of 2019 entitled Critical Causality Between Complexity and Complex Systems. Building upon the collaboration during the workshop, he is coordinating a small conference called Realist Complexity Between Causal and Complex Systems from 7 – 9 April 2021 at ISS. The papers presented during the conference will appear in a special issue of the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour.

He is interested in supervising PhD candidates working on institutional analyses, varieties of capitalism(s), the political economy of crisis and learning, neoliberalization processes, politics of social ontology, Euro-Mediterranean and Middle Eastern politics. 

PhD Supervision

Completed/ Graduated

  • Sara Salem (2016)

The old is dying and the new is not yet born. The 2011 Egyptian revolution: labour, capital, time'

  •   Juan David Parra (2018)

Critical realism and the persistence of poor school performance in northern Colombia: the difference it makes

  • Sonia Lopez (2020) - Cum Laude

 The Stratified Emergentist Polanyian Perspective: A Relational Approach for the Study of the Economy'.

  • Aleksandra Piletic (2020) – Cum Laude

Varieties of Urban Capitalism: A Multiscalar Analysis of Neoliberal Restructuring in and through New York City, Johannesburg and Stockholm 

Current Supervision

  •  Zuzana Novakova

‘EU-Ukraine foreign relations and the construction of neo-Gramscian common sense’

  • Yazid Zahda

‘National Palestinian development plans and variegated neoliberal processes’.

  • Brandon Sommer

‘Labor precarity and industrial and labor transformation in newly industrialized zones in China using the French Regulation and Morphogenetic Approach’

  • Andrew Dryhurst

‘Artificial Intelligence and Neoliberalism’

      • T. Truong & M.K.A. Kniou (2016). The South China Sea and Asian Regionalism. A Critical Realist Perspective (SpringerBriefs in Environment, Security, Development and Peace, 24). Cham (Switzerland): Springer doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-13551-9
      • M.K.A. Kniou (2013). The European Union's Mediterranean Policy: Model or Muddle? A New Institutionalist Perspective. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
      • M.K.A. Kniou & B. Jessop (2019). Introduction: Organizational perspectives on crisiology and learning. In B. Jessop & K. Knio (Eds.), The Pedagogy of Economic, Political and Social Crises: Dynamics, Construals, and Lessons (pp. 3-24). Abingdon: Routledge [go to publisher's site] doi: 10.4324/9781315161587
      • M.K.A. Kniou (2019). The diversity of crisis literatures and learning processes. In B. Jessop & M.K.A. Knio (Eds.), The Pedagogy of Economic, Political and Social Crises: Dynamics, Construals, and Lessons (pp. 25-48). Abingdon: Routledge [go to publisher's site] doi: 10.4324/9781315161587
      • B. Jessop & M.K.A. Kniou (2019). Critical realism, symptomatology and the pedagogy of crisis. In B. Jessop & K. Knio (Eds.), The Pedagogy of Economic, Political and Social Crises: Dynamics, Construals, and Lessons (pp. 265-283). Abingdon: Routledge [go to publisher's site] doi: 10.4324/9781315161587
      • M.K.A. Kniou (2017). Minding development gaps in EU Mediterranean policies: a variegated neoliberalization thesis? In R. Gillespie & F. Volpi (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Mediterranean Politics (pp. 255-267). Abingdon: Routledge
      • M.K.A. Kniou (2014). Structure, Agency and the Hizballah Dilemma in the Arab Spring. In B. Ezbidi & A. Knudsen (Eds.), Popular Protest in The New Middle East: Islamism and Post-Islamist Politics (Library of Modern Middle East Studies, 147) (pp. 140-163). London; New York: I.B.Tauris
      • M.K.A. Kniou (2014). Role of Experts and Financial Supervision in the EU: The de Larosière Commission. In M. Ambrus, K. Arts, E. Hey & H. Raulus (Eds.), The Role of ‘Experts’ in International and European Decision-Making Processes: Advisors, Decision Makers or Irrelevant Actors? (pp. 341-360) Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press
      • M.K.A. Kniou (2013). Investigating the two faces of governance: the case of the Euro-Mediterranean Development Bank. In W. Hout (Ed.), EU Strategies on Governance Reform: Between Development and State-Building (ThirdWorlds) (pp. 105-120). London: Routledge
      • M.K.A. Kniou (2013). Investigating the Two Faces of Governance: the case of the Euro-Mediterranean Development Bank. In W. Hout (Ed.), EU Strategies on Governance Reform: Between Development and State-building (ThirdWorlds) (pp. 105-120). Routledge
      • A. Sharma & M.K.A. Kniou (2011). Financial Globalization and the Mechanisms of Migrants¿ Remittance: Formed by Supply or Demand? In T-D Truong & D Gasper (Eds.), Transnational Migration and Human Security: the Migration-Development-Security Nexus (Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace, 6) (pp. 103-116). Springer
      • M.K.A. Kniou (2009). Conceptualising Hizbollah's Transformation in Lebanon's Post- Cedar Revolution Lebanon: Proxy Client or Structural Path Dependency? In M.A.M. Salih (Ed.), Interpreting Islamic Political Parties (pp. 259-268). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan
      • M.K.A. Kniou (2009). Governance, Politics and the European Mediterranean Partnership (EMP): Problems of Implementation or Policy Design? In W. Hout & R. Robinson (Eds.), Governance and the Depoliticisation of Development (Routledge/GARNET series: Europe in the world, 4) (pp. 77-91). London: Routledge
      • M.K.A. Kniou & Z. Novakova (2015). The Politics of Marketising Asia. Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy. [Bespreking van het boek The Politics of Marketising Asia.]. Journal of Contemporary Asia, 1-3. doi: 10.1080/00472336.2015.1054129
      • M.K.A. Kniou (2007). Book Review Poverty and Social Deprivation in the Mediterranean (Petmesidou, M and Paptheodorou, C eds (2006) London: CROP). Mediterranean Politics, 12(3), pp 437-454 [Bespreking van het boek Book Review Poverty and Social Deprivation in the Mediterranean (Petmesidou, M and Paptheodorou, C eds (2006) London: CROP). Mediterranean Politics, 12(3), pp 437-454.]. Mediterranean Politics, 12, 437-454.
      • M.K.A. Kniou (2010). Investigating the two faces of Governance: The case of the Euro-Mediterranean Development Bank. Annual Convention: New Orleans (2010, februari 17 - 2010, februari 20).
      • M.K.A. Kniou & W. Maas (2009). Does Europeanisation undermine the Right to Seek Refugee Status? The Case of Frontex. Annual Convention: New York (2009, februari 15 - 2009, februari 18).
      • M.K.A. Kniou, K. Ryner & S. Hurt (2008). Neoliberalism and the Politics of Resistance: The Case of the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership in Tunisia. Annual Convention: San Francisco (2008, maart 26 - 2008, maart 29).
      • M.K.A. Kniou (2008). Post Washington Consensus at the Cross Road: How Socially Sensitive is the EU policy in the Mediterranean? Annual Convention: San Francisco (2008, maart 26 - 2008, maart 29).
      • M.K.A. Kniou (2008). Interrogating Neo liberalism: Policies, Theories and Dilemmas.
      • M.K.A. Kniou & A. de Vries (2008). Leiden Economische Hervormingen tot meer Democratie?
      • M.K.A. Kniou (2008). Politics of Governance in the Euro-Mediterranean region: Liberalisation of Services without Financialisation. GARNET Workshop on The European Union, Governance and Development Policies: (2008, november 26).
      • M.K.A. Kniou (2007). Macroeconomic management and the European Mediterranean Partnership (EMP): Is it Time for Discretionary Fiscal and Monetary Policies ( Paper presented at 48th Annual International Studies Association (ISA) Convention, held in Chicago between February 28th-March 3rd, 2007).
      • M.K.A. Kniou (2007). Can Hezbollah join the 'Cedar Revolution?': An Analysis from a Nested Games Perspective. Seminar April 19th 2007: Institute of Social Studies.
      • M.K.A. Kniou (2007). Can Hezbollah join the 'Cedar Revolution?': An Analysis from a Nested Games Perspective. British International Studies Association (BISA) workshop, Europe's Legacy? From Colonialism to Democracy Promotion. The Case of the Mediterranean: .
      • M.K.A. Kniou (2007). Governance and its adjectives: What are they and who defines them?
      • M.K.A. Kniou (2007). A Critical Review of Democratisation Processes Today: From `Transitology¿ to `Consolitology¿ or Vice Versa?
      • M.K.A. Kniou (2006). Good Governance and Failing States (Paper presented at the Public Address in Derde Kamer Stadhuis, The Hague, 8 June 2006).
      • M.K.A. Kniou (2006). Macroeconomic management in the Arab Mediterranean region: Crisis of Economic Lliberalism? (Paper presented at the GARNET Conference on Governance, ISS, The Hague, 6-7 April 2006).
  • General Information

    Title
    General Information
    Year
    2020

    4180 Governance and Institutions

    Title
    4180 Governance and Institutions
    Year
    2020

    4181 Devt Economics and Public Policy

    Title
    4181 Devt Economics and Public Policy
    Year
    2020

    4182 Comparative Public Policy

    Title
    4182 Comparative Public Policy
    Year
    2020

    4212 Contemporary Capitalism, Governance

    Title
    4212 Contemporary Capitalism, Governance
    Year
    2020

    4280 Study Visit

    Title
    4280 Study Visit
    Year
    2020

    4307 Politics of Global Development

    Title
    4307 Politics of Global Development
    Year
    2020

    4380 Thesis Report

    Title
    4380 Thesis Report
    Year
    2020

    3105 Research Paper Preparation

    Title
    3105 Research Paper Preparation
    Year
    2020

    5401 Research Paper

    Title
    5401 Research Paper
    Year
    2020

    Mundus MAPP

    Title
    Mundus MAPP
    Year
    2020

    1104 Politics, Power and Development

    Title
    1104 Politics, Power and Development
    Year
    2020

    Social Ontology and Political Economy

    Title
    Social Ontology and Political Economy
    Year
    2020

    The CERES PhD Training Course (full)

    Title
    The CERES PhD Training Course (full)
    Year
    2020

    Overview of Methods in Dev Stud (Mod 3)

    Title
    Overview of Methods in Dev Stud (Mod 3)
    Year
    2020

    Board of Examiners

    Title
    Board of Examiners
    Year
    2020
  • European Political Science Review

    Role
    Associate Editor
    Start date approval
    Jan/2015
  • Associate Professor

    University
    Erasmus University Rotterdam
    School
    International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
    Department
    Academic Staff Unit

Address

Visiting address

Burg. Oudlaan 50 3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738 3000 DR Rotterdam