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Brief portrait

In his PhD project Florian Fastenrath examines processes of financialization, focussing specifically on the multifaceted relationships between the state and the financial sector. His analysis is based on a theoretical synthesis of political economic approaches and an economic-sociological perspective. Empirically, he explores the financialization of sovereign debt management of 23 OECD countries between 1980 and 2010, the transformation of the German mortgage banking sector from 1970 to 2005, and the utilization of financial innovations by German, US American and British municipalities in the time period from 1980 until 2010.

Before he started his PhD in October 2014, he studied political science and economics at the University of Cologne and at the Royal Melbourne University of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, Australia. During his studies he worked as a student assistant at the CCCP and as a tutor for the undergraduate course “Comparative Political Economy”.  In May 2015 he received a PhD scholarship by the Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne (http://www.cgs.uni-koeln.de/de/cgs/). Since February 2016, he works as a research fellow within the DFG project “Municipalities and their Expectations on Pay-Offs of Swap Deals” (https://www.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/de/forschung-und-projekte/spp1859/projectsfile/pmunicipalities ) at the Chair of International Comparative Political Economy and Economic Sociology (Prof. Dr. Christine Trampusch).

Research

  • International and Comparative Political Economy 
  • Economic Sociology 
  • Financialization
  • Political Economy of Public Debt 
  • The role of economic ideas

Publications

"From Economic Gains to Social Losses: How Stories Shape Expectations in the Case of German Municipal Finance", forthcoming (together with Agnes Orban and Christine Trampusch)

Fastenrath, Florian/Schwan, Michael/Trampusch, Christine (2017): Where States and Markets Meet: The Financialisation of Sovereign Debt Management. In: New Political Economy 22(3), 273-293

Presentations

2017

The 24th International Conference of Europeanists of the Council for European Studies, Glasgow, Scotland, July 12-14, 2017

  • "Technocrats as a buffer against learning in times of crisis: Resilient expectations in the cases of US and Germany city swaps" (together with Christine Trampusch)

Conference "Experience and Expectation", University of Mannheim, February 2-4, 2017

  • Numbers and Fashion: How the ‚Active Debt Management Story’ Shapes Expectations in German Municipal Finance

2016

The 23rd International Conference of Europeanists of the Council for European Studies, in Philadelphia, USA, April 14-16, 2016

  • “Patient Financiers or Secret Gamblers? - Institutional Change in German Mortgage Banking"

First year kick-off conference of the DFG priority programme 1859 “Experience and Expecatations: Historical Foundations of Economic Behaviour“, Humboldt Universität, Berlin, February 23-25, 2016

  • “Municipalities and their Expectations on Pay-Offs of Swap Deals“ (together with Agnes Orban and Christine Trampusch)

Workshop “The Future in Economic Decision Making”, Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne.

  • “Municipalities and their Expectations on Pay-Offs of Swap Deals“ (together with Agnes Orban and Christine Trampusch)

2015

The 22nd International Conference of Europeanists of the Council for European Studies, in Paris, France, July 8-10, 2015.

  • “The New Room to Move: Convergence and Variation in the Financialization of Sovereign Debt Management in 23 OECD-countries between 1980 and 2010” (together with Christine Trampusch and Michael Schwan)

26.Wissenschaftlicher Kongress der Deutschen Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft in  Duisburg, Germany, September 21-25, 2015.

  • “The New Room to Move: Convergence and Variation in the Financialization of Sovereign Debt Management in 23 OECD-countries between 1980 and 2010”

Fellowships

2016:           IPaK Travel Grant, University of Cologne

2015:           DAAD Travel Grant, German Academic Exchange Service

2015-2016:  Scholarship for Doctoral Studies at Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics and Social Sciences, University of Cologne