In the framework of the project, planned seminars for 2018 include:
- 14 November 2018 Seminar ‘The history of governance of trade and international finance‘, at the EUI in Florence.
The 1970s mark a sea change in economic governance. The growth of international capital flows, the internationalisation of banking activities, financial innovations, the development of offshore financial centres, the rise of international monetary instability, new geopolitical tensions and transnational dynamics: all these challenged the balance of the postwar international system. The 1990s represent just as important a landmark, as the end of the Cold War ushered in a new optimism for the build-up of a truly global governance system, including more countries and new fields of cooperation. This optimism looks misplaced in hindsight. But today’s challenges to multilateralism may echo those of the past. What can the history of the architecture of economic governance tell us about its challenges today?
- Climate change, to be organised with the Climate and Energy departments of the EUI’s Florence School of Regulation in December. While the threat that climate change poses to humanity has long been well understood, effective action is lacking. This seminar will examine the “regime complex” governing the mitigation of climate change and its effects, with a particular focus on the Paris Agreement and its shortcomings, and what avenues exist for reinforcing or reshaping it.
- Internet regulation, to be organised with the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin in late November/December. Digital governance evolved in an ad hoc, decentralized manner. The fast emergence of global digital oligopolies, actions of certain state powers giving rise to democracy and security concerns, and an increasingly vocal involvement of civil society, make digital governance a pressing problem.
Future sectoral seminars are projected for 2019 on global tax coordination; global financial safety nets; migration governance; and international investment.
Two topical seminars on the theory and the geopolitics of global governance are also envisaged.