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"The Financial Crisis in Comparative Regional Perspective": Program und Registration

News from Nov 06, 2012

Convened by KFG Associated Fellow Dr. Arie Krampf, the international conference "The Financial Crisis in Comparative Regional Perspective: Can Europe Learn from Other Regions?" will bring together international scholars at the Freie Universität Berlin (Hotel Seminaris Campus Berlin // Takustraße 39)  from 23-24 November 2012. The conference is generally open to the public, however, space is limited. The registration is now open and is possible by sending an e-mail to ariekrampf@zedat.fu-berlin.de until 20 November the latest. Furthermore, the program for the conference is now available:

Conference Program (PDF)

Conference Program (DOC)

Paper Abstracts (DOC)


About the Conference

The European financial crisis, the Asian crisis in 1997 and the Latin American crisis in 1982 are all regional phenomena. Due to political, economic and financial regional interdependencies of private and sovereign financial institutions, the crises spread within the regions. The responses to the crises required a regional and transnational coordinated response. The workshop seeks to explore the factors that shaped the different regional responses to the crises with an emphasis on regional architectural designs, historical paths, regional ideational legacies, inter-regional social learning and diffusion of ideas.

The conference will address three sets of questions:

First, on the descriptive level, how did actors — local, regional and international — frame each of the three crises? What types of bodies of knowledge were used to frame them? What kinds of “solutions” were considered, and how were they legitimized?

Second, on the causal level, how can we explain the differences between the responses to the three crises? Can liberal, realist and functional theories provide sufficient explanations? What was the role of regional path dependencies? Can we identify regional policy legacies that shaped the responses?

Finally, what are the likely effects of a crisis on the region’s future institutional path and architecture?

The conference seeks to contribute to the literature of comparative regionalism, EU studies, social learning literature, epistemic communities and IPE.

See also the Call for Papers for the conference for further information.