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Europe in the World Research Seminar - "Institutions, trust and the governance of traditional security industries"

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  • Thu 17 Oct 2019 17.00 - 19.00
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At this EITW Seminar session Moritz Weiss will present some of the findings of his research project on the political economy of the defense-industrial sector. The focus of the presentation will be on a paper that seeks to expand the firm-centered logic of Varieties of Capitalism (VoC) to coordination between state and corporate actors. Why did corporatist Germany unconditionally privatise its aerospace and defense industries in the 1980s, whereas the neoliberal Thatcher government in the United Kingdom established significant ex post control? Weiss argues that Germany’s coordinated market economy enabled strategic exchanges within informal networks (i.e., the so-called Deutschland AG) that shaped a relationship of trust between government and business. This made control instruments, required by the UK’s liberal market economy, unnecessary. The introduction of trust as a causal mechanism contributes to institutionalist theorising, as it suggests how trust-based coordination within informal networks can substitute formalised ex post control. Weiss’ process-tracing analysis builds on original evidence such as formerly confidential archival material and interviews with contemporary witnesses. Weiss will conclude his presentation with some preliminary suggestions on how to push this institutionalist approach forward beyond traditional security sectors and towards the new cybersecurity industries.

Chair: Lola Wilhelm

Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia

At this EITW Seminar session Moritz Weiss will present some of the findings of his research project on the political economy of the defense-industrial sector. The focus of the presentation will be on a paper that seeks to expand the firm-centered logic of Varieties of Capitalism (VoC) to coordination between state and corporate actors. Why did corporatist Germany unconditionally privatise its aerospace and defense industries in the 1980s, whereas the neoliberal Thatcher government in the United Kingdom established significant ex post control? Weiss argues that Germany’s coordinated market economy enabled strategic exchanges within informal networks (i.e., the so-called Deutschland AG) that shaped a relationship of trust between government and business. This made control instruments, required by the UK’s liberal market economy, unnecessary. The introduction of trust as a causal mechanism contributes to institutionalist theorising, as it suggests how trust-based coordination within informal networks can substitute formalised ex post control. Weiss’ process-tracing analysis builds on original evidence such as formerly confidential archival material and interviews with contemporary witnesses. Weiss will conclude his presentation with some preliminary suggestions on how to push this institutionalist approach forward beyond traditional security sectors and towards the new cybersecurity industries.

Chair: Lola Wilhelm


Location:
Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia

Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies
Department of Political and Social Sciences
Department of History and Civilization
Max Weber Programme

Type:
Research seminar

Organiser:
Professor Ulrich Krotz (EUI - RSCAS and SPS)
Corinna Unger (EUI - HEC)
Robin Markwica (EUI)

Speaker:
Moritz Weiss (EUI)

Contact:
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