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ERC grant: The struggle over economic ideas behind globalisation

Posted on 31 March 2020

In her ERC project, Professor Glenda Sluga will study the economic ideas and their often invisible authors that have fashioned alternative paths to globalisation.

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In March 2020, five EUI researchers were awarded ERC advanced grants. (Photo UN Photo/Kim Haughton)

Today globalisation, the integration of the world's economies, is blamed for crises of corporate excess, gaping economic inequality and revived populist nationalisms. “It is more pressing than ever to understand its complex history,” said Professor Glenda Sluga. 

Glenda Sluga and her team of PhD and postdoctoral researchers will go in search of a nuanced history of 20th century international economic thinking and imaginaries. They will focus on the generation of those ideas in and through intergovernmental organisations (IGOs) and associated international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which are distinctive to the 20th century. The researchers will pay particular attention to the role of women economic thinkers, who have often been ignored by male historians.

Our ambition is to put together a fuller picture of economic ideas and policies at understudied IGOs and NGOs, including the UN’s various regional Economic Commissions, and of the often invisible authors of those ideas,” Sluga explained.

Over the next five years, Professor Sluga’s team will work with collaborators such as the Oxford-based Women in International Thought, the ICC project at Lausanne university, the League of Nations programme at Aarhus University, development studies at Yale and Cold War studies at Ljubljana, the history department at Nankai University, and the University of Sydney.

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Project title: Twentieth-Century International Economic Thinking, and the Complex History of Globalization
Professor Glenda Sluga, Joint Chair in International History and Capitalism, EUI Department of History and Civilization & Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies