[CfP] Conference 2017 – Financialisation WG

IIPPE Financialisation Working Group (FWG) – Call for papers

8th Annual Conference in Political Economy:

The Political Economy of Inequalities and Instabilities in the 21st Century

September 13 – 15, 2017 / Berlin School of Economics and Law

The exponential growth of the financial sector after the end of the Bretton Woods system and its consequent collapse during the 2008-2009 financial crisis, has triggered a broad scholarly debate on finance in general and financialisation in particular. Over the past thirty years, the volume of global financial assets to GDP has risen three times. Financialisation has been used as an umbrella term first, to refer to such increasing volume of financial assets and transactions, the changing structure of financial sector itself along with the creation of new financial products such as Credit Default Swaps (CDSs), Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDOs) and associated operations and the increasing importance of financial institutions and actors in general. Second and more specifically, the extensive interdisciplinary research on financialisation has been concerned with the transformation of the functioning of the world economy at both micro and macro levels. Such transformation has been associated with several phenomena such as the impact of shareholder maximization strategies on balance sheet structure of firms, increasing significance of the financial sector relative to the real sector and the implications of these for economic growth as well as the increasing levels of income inequality and household indebtedness.

The eighth Annual Conference of IIPPE focuses on the political economy of inequalities and instabilities in the 21st century. In accordance with the general call for papers, contributions to the IIPPE FWG may include, but not limited to, proposals dealing with the following key issues:

  • Does financialisation relate to the observed high levels of income inequality? How is the relationship observed in developed and developing economies?
  • How can finance and financialisation be addressed in the current context of social and economic instabilities? Can financialisation lead to structural economic instability?
  • What are the future prospects for the world economy given the primary role of finance? How can appropriate economic and social policies be designed to capture such prominence and its implications?

The conference invites submissions of individual papers and panel discussion proposals. The submission deadline for abstracts is 1 April 2017. Submissions should be done via the Electronic Proposal Form, which you can access through the IIPPE website (http://iippe.org/wp/).

If you have any questions concerning your paper submission, please contact the working group coordinators at iippefinancialisationwg@gmail.com.

For further information, please visit IIPPE website.

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