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Debt, Democracy, Citizenship



Debt, Democracy, Citizenship

A Political History of Public Debts

(Europe and the United States, from the Late Eighteenth Century)

Symposium – Monday 24 June 2013
Sciences Po, Meeting Room Jean Monnet, 56 rue Jacob, 75006 Paris


• 9-9:30am: Welcome and introduction (Nicolas Barreyre, Nicolas Delalande)

• 9:30-10:30am: Public Debt and the Making of Citizenship

o Patrik Winton (Uppsala Universitet), “Government borrowing and the growth of citizenship in Sweden, 1760-1776”
o Julia Ott (New School for Social Research), “‘Be a shareholder in victory’: the American citizen-investor in World War I”

• 11:00am-12:00pm: The State and Financial Markets

o Benjamin Lemoine (Sciences Po) and Roi Livne (Berkeley University), “Public debt management techniques and the making of state agency. France, Israel and the financialization of government debts”
o Noam Maggor (Vanderbilt University), “The ‘money machines’ revisited: urban public finance in the era of property taxation”


• 12-12:30pm: General discussion

2-3pm: Democracy, Authoritarianism and Public Debt

o Stephen Sawyer (American University of Paris), “Adolphe Thiers and the payment of the Franco-Prussian war reparations”
o Adam Tooze (Yale University), “Hitler’s Third Reich and the puzzle of authoritarian public debt”

3-4pm: Foreign Bondholders and National Sovereignty

o Robert Radu (Rostock Universität), “Public debts and public opinion. The role of the European Press in Italy’s late nineteenth century financial crisis (1889-1894)”
o Tassos Anastassiadis (McGill University), “It’s all Greek to me! Foreign actors’ perceptions of elites and democratic governance while dealing with debt control in three Greek crises (1898, 1922, 1947)”

• 4:30-5:30pm: Conclusion

o Nicolas Barreyre and Nicolas Delalande: “The political history of public debt: where are we at?”


Conveners: Nicolas Barreyre (EHESS),
Nicolas Delalande (Sciences Po),

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