Jean Monnet Lecture

On the opportunities for innovative government and governance

Jean Monnet (1888-1979) was a French civil servant, who, despite never having held elected office, is nonetheless viewed by many as “the chief architect of the European Union.” Bringing a new standard of excellence and rigour to public administration, he successively served world leaders on three continents (Europe, United States and China), where he is credited with advocating a host of important initiatives in the pre- and post-World War II period. Most notably, while serving as head of planning for the French government, he designed and created the famous “Monnet method,” which serves today as the model around which democratic governments coordinate policy at the European level.

The Jean Monnet Lecture focuses on the transformative power of governance and government in the 21st Century.