Track | Political Sociology of the Economy

This track facilitates multidisciplinary exchanges between the different approaches studying economical facts (i.e. sociology, political science, economy). The carried out investigations deal with the national and international changes of capitalism’s institutions.

Structured in the context of either a broad historical or contemporary perspective, the goal of this track is to analyze the historical interdependency between state and market, between public and private spheres, and particularly between public and private finance. The (re)shaping of the boundary between public and private finance is analyzed through three fundamental structuring processes: social fields (e.g. state bureaucracies, banks, firms, stock markets, intergovernmental organizations, universities), commonly used and legitimate knowledge, and apparatus (legal, statistical, econometric, etc.).

The topics that have been particularly addressed can be listed as follows: the development and the dissemination of public debt; the changes of pension funds and investment funds; the financialization of firms and of wage system; the privatization of stock markets; the morphology of economic elites; the modi operandi of the dominant players of globalization; the link between money and political sovereignty; the socio-genesis of the “economy” and “social” categories; the collision between educational and economic order; the redefinition of welfare state by an “economicization” rationale. These investigations cover a wide-ranging set of national configurations (e.g. European Union, France, Argentina, and China), and pay particular attention to international organizations (e.g. Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), International Monetary Fund (IMF), European Central Bank (ECB), and Group of 7 (G7)).