Ten years after the financial crisis and Western democracies are still drowning in mountains of financial debt, both public and private. The political economy of debt has a range of normative implications for contemporary democracies as they confront rising inequality, populist movements, failures of elite accountability, and the complex governance challenges associated with transnational structures like the EU.
This mini-conference will deploy the tools of “applied political theory” to explore the politics of debt at the intersection of normative ethics and empirical political science in a European context.
10:45: Welcome and Introductions
11:00 - 12:00: Jens van’t Klooster (KU Leuven)
Global banking regulation, justice and the blind spots of Basel III
12:00 - 13:30: Lunch
13:30 - 14:30: Steven Klein (University of Florida, American Academy Berlin)
Keynote Paper: The Power of Money: Towards a Democratic Theory of Finance
14:30 - 14:45: Coffee Break
14:45 - 15:45: Josette Daemen (Leiden University)
Could Security Be a Metric of Distributive Justice?
15:45 - 16:00: Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:00: Janosch Prinz (Maastricht University) and Enzo Rossi (University of Amsterdam)
Financial Power and Democratic Legitimacy: How to Think Realistically About Public Debt
17:00 Drinks (Crea)