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Currently, part of Antoine Vauchez research is on the notion of “independence” as a governing principle. In this seminar he will discuss the issue of the European Central Bank.

Event details of From Scientific to Governing Principle. Independence and Its Politics at the European Central Bank
Date 25 September 2019
Time 15:30 -17:00
Location Roeterseilandcampus - building B/C/D (entrance B/C)
Room C2.01


This presentation will consider the formation and transformation of central bank “independence” between the 1990s and the post-crisis present. Vauchez will look at how independence, born as a principle of scientific banking, became a symbolic device in the internal government of the European Central Bank (ECB) as much as in its relations to the other actors in the field economic and monetary governance. More specifically, drawing on legal, archival and interview-based evidence to trace the arc of independence from a 1990s principle of monetary policymaking, formulated in the globalizing economics profession, to an organizational and relational principle in the ECB’s internal practices as well as external policies.


The Speaker

Antoine Vauchez is a CNRS Research Professor (Directeur de recherche) in political sociology and law at the Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique (Ehess - Université Paris 1-Sorbonne) and a Permanent Visiting professor at iCourts Research centre (Univ. of Copenhagen).

His research engages with the field of historical sociology, political sociology and critical sociology of law, researching extensively the interactions between forms of expertise, transnational knowledge communities and transnational politics with a particular emphasis on law, economics and European Union polity. He also focuses on issues connecting « law and politics », processes of « judicialization » and the transformation of Western States.

Recently, he has brought to an end a series of four books on law, politics and democracy in the European Union, a monograph providing a renewed narrative of Europe’s legal integration (Brokering Europe. Euro-lawyers and the Making of a Transnational Polity, Cambridge University Press, 2015 ; also available in French and in German), an edited volume on the transnational field of European law (with Bruno de Witte, Lawyering Europe. European Law as a Transnational Legal Field, Oxford, Hart, 2013), an essay Democratizing Europe (Seuil, 2014 ; Palgrave, 2015, Hamburger Verlag, 2016) and an intervention book with Thomas Piketty, Stéphanie Hennette and Guillaume Sacriste : Pour un traité de démocratisation de l’Europe (Seuil, 2017) which has been translated in nine languages.

His last book Sphère publique, intérêts privés. Enquête sur un grand brouillage (Presses de Sciences Po, 2017), provisionally entitled Neoliberalism, French Way Corporate Lawyers, Technocrats and the Rise of the ‘Public-Private’ State.

Roeterseilandcampus - building B/C/D (entrance B/C)

Room C2.01

Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam