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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).