GOVERNMENT DEBT CRISES: POLITICS, ECONOMICS, AND HISTORY (Deadline: January 31, 2012)

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Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies / Pierre du Bois Foundation
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debt.crises@graduateinstitute.ch

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
Pierre du Bois Foundation

CALL FOR PAPERS
The Graduate Institute is glad to announce a
trans-disciplinary conference:

GOVERNMENT DEBT CRISES: POLITICS, ECONOMICS, AND HISTORY

CONVENER: PROF. MARC FLANDREAU,
GRADUATE INSTITUTE, GENEVA

December 15, 2012 Graduate Institute, Geneva

The recent European debt crisis, which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Latin American debt crisis, has again raised important issues which have been part of the international policy debate over at least the past century.
Important and still not fully understood questions include: the ability or inability of markets to monitor debt accumulation, the logic of government debt crises including the forms and patterns of speculation and policy remedies, political economy, the interaction between political models (federalism, confederalism) and crises, constitutional remedies (“golden rule”), regulatory remedies, relations with Central Banks, etc.
An important take of this conference is that, while Europe has developed its own brand of problems, its experience is not unique. There are many relevant parallels between this experience and that of previous government debt crises. Relevant crises include the US crises of the 19th century (which raise important issues on the interaction between constitutional provisions and crises), the interwar debt crisis, and the Latin American debt crisis exactly 30 years ago.
Our goal is to bring together leading scholars from economics, international political economy, economic history, political science and finance to provide a trans-disciplinary perspective on the European debt crisis. The conference will also include a panel with senior policymakers who will offer reflections on the crisis.

Proposals: We cordially invite proposals for papers examining comparisons, connections and entanglements between government debt crises situated in, or spanning, different regions of the world. There is no time or geographical boundaries, although the unifying theme of the conference is the current European debt crisis. We invite proposals for papers on any topic that is relevant to the issue of government debt crises. Inquiries and proposals should be sent to Trevin Stratton (debt.crises@graduateinstitute.ch), the conference assistant at the Graduate Institute. In addition to the name, affiliation, e-mail and snail-mail addresses of the applicant, proposals should include a title and an abstract of the submission (100-300 words). Proposals should be sent in by January 31, 2012. Authors will be notified of decisions by March 30th, 2012.

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