Technology, Economy, Democracy


Date: Jul 07, 2014 - Jul 09, 2014

This conference addresses the interactions of technology and economy and how these disruptions give rise to new challenges and new opportunities for democracy. It focuses, in particular, on questions of valuation and governance using ideas drawn from science and technology studies to bridge research communities of political economy and economic sociology located in disciplines (political science and sociology, respectively) that too often operate in parallel even despite numerous calls for political economists and economic sociologists to learn from the complimentary methods, theories, and research traditions of the other.

Conference organizers: Isabela Mares, David Stark, Joshua Whitford

Conference Schedule:

Monday, July 7

9:00–9:30: Welcome and opening remarks

9:30–11:00: Plenary Presentation
Fabian Muniesa, Mines ParisTech, “Coping with the rule of business.”
Discussant: David Stark, Columbia University

11:15–12:30: Breakout Sessions

SESSION A
Rahul Mediratta, Northwestern University, “A Covert Commercial Peace? Findings from Smuggling Between India and Pakistan.”
Chair: Patrick Le Galès, Sciences Po
Discussant: Josh Whitford, Columbia University

SESSION B
Marie Pigagnol, Science Po, “Making Brownfields Green: re-commodification and valuation of industrial lands. The case of French “écoquartiers” projects.”
Chair: Jens Beckert, Max Planck Institute
Discussant: David Stark, Columbia University

1:45–3:00: Breakout Sessions

SESSION A
Josh Kaiser, Northwestern University, “The Hidden Sentence: Understanding the Historical Rise of a Broader, Lesser Known Form of Penal Control in the United States, 1952 – 2014.”
Chair: Pepper Culpepper, European University Institute
Discussant: Patrick Le Galès, Sciences Po

SESSION B
Joan Robinson, Columbia University, “Conceiving technology: How political alliance and legal opportunity brought the pregnancy test home.”
Chair: Christine Musselin, Sciences Po
Discussant: Fabian Muniesa, Mines ParisTech

3:15–4:30: Breakout Sessions

SESSION A
Nina Engwicht, Max Planck Institute, “Illegal markets in post-conflict societies: The Sierra Leonean diamond market.”
Chair: Jens Beckert, Max Planck Institute
Discussant: James Mahoney, Northwestern University

SESSION B
Brett Meyer, Columbia University, “Labor Market Polarization and Trade Union Decline: Evidence from OECD Countries and Linked Employer-Employee Data from Germany.”
Chair: Steve Nelson, Northwestern University
Discussant: André Kaiser, Universität Köln

4:45–6:00: Breakout Sessions

SESSION A
Lisa Kastner, Sciences Po, “Regulatory capture? The role of weak interests in financial regulatory reforms.”
Chair: Olivia Nicol, Columbia University
Discussant: Pepper Culpepper, European University Institute

SESSION B
Charlotte Haberstroh, European University Institute, “Managing Inequalities while Maintaining Advantage: School Choice Politics and the Middle Class in England and Sweden.”
Chair: David Stark, Columbia University
Discussant: Christine Musselin, Sciences Po

Tuesday, July 8

9:00–10:30: Breakout Sessions

SESSION A
Sanna Salo, European University Institute, “The Curious Prevalence of Austerity: Politics of Economic Policymaking in the Eurozone Crisis.”
Chair: Patrick Le Galès, Sciences Po
Discussant: Josh Whitford, Columbia University

SESSION B
Marcin Serafin, Max Planck Institute, “Taxi drivers and technology: prosthesis, mediation and power.”
Chair: Dan Wang, Columbia Business School
Discussant: Beth Bechky, The Stern School, New York University

11:00–12:15: Plenary Session
Beth Bechky, The Stern School, New York University, “When scientific truth meets legal proof: Creating ‘more scientific’ forensic evidence.”
Discussant: Gil Eyal, Columbia University

1:15–2:30: Breakout Sessions

SESSION A
Erin Lockwood, Northwestern University, “The Politics of Self-Regulation: Authoritative Practices in the Credit Derivatives Market Before and After the Financial Crisis.”
Chair: André Kaiser, Universität Köln
Discussant: Bruce Kogut, Columbia Business School

SESSION B
Solomon Zori, Max Planck Institute, “Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in Africa. A Comparative Institutional Analysis of Ghana and Nigeria.”
Chair: James Mahoney, Northwestern University
Discussant: Katharina Pistor, Coumbia Law School

2:45–4:00: Plenary Session
Bruce Kogut, Columbia Business School, “Governance by Networks: A Computational Social Science View on Clubs, Generating Rules, and Possible Alternative Worlds.”
Discussant: Pepper Culpepper, European University Institute

Wednesday, July 9

9:00–10:15: Plenary Session
Katharina Pistor, Coumbia Law School, “The Tragedy of Exclusion.”
Discussant: Steve Nelson, Northwestern University

10:45–12:00: Breakout Sessions

SESSION A
Tom Chevallier, Science Po, “Varieties of Youth Welfare Citizenship.”
Chair: Stephen Nelson, Northwestern University
Discussant: James Mahoney, Northwestern University University

SESSION B
Philipp Brandt, Columbia University, “Working Forms of Knowledge: The Composition of Data Science, 2007–2013.”
Chair: Christine Musselin, Sciences Po
Discussant: Jens Beckert, Max Planck Institute

12:00–12:30: Closing Remarks

Date: Jul 07, 2014 - Jul 09, 2014

This conference addresses the interactions of technology and economy and how these disruptions give rise to new challenges and new opportunities for democracy. It focuses, in particular, on questions of valuation and governance using ideas drawn from science and technology studies to bridge research communities of political economy and economic sociology located in disciplines (political science and sociology, respectively) that too often operate in parallel even despite numerous calls for political economists and economic sociologists to learn from the complimentary methods, theories, and research traditions of the other.

Conference organizers: Isabela Mares, David Stark, Joshua Whitford

Conference Schedule:

Monday, July 7

9:00–9:30: Welcome and opening remarks

9:30–11:00: Plenary Presentation
Fabian Muniesa, Mines ParisTech, “Coping with the rule of business.”
Discussant: David Stark, Columbia University

11:15–12:30: Breakout Sessions

SESSION A
Rahul Mediratta, Northwestern University, “A Covert Commercial Peace? Findings from Smuggling Between India and Pakistan.”
Chair: Patrick Le Galès, Sciences Po
Discussant: Josh Whitford, Columbia University

SESSION B
Marie Pigagnol, Science Po, “Making Brownfields Green: re-commodification and valuation of industrial lands. The case of French “écoquartiers” projects.”
Chair: Jens Beckert, Max Planck Institute
Discussant: David Stark, Columbia University

1:45–3:00: Breakout Sessions

SESSION A
Josh Kaiser, Northwestern University, “The Hidden Sentence: Understanding the Historical Rise of a Broader, Lesser Known Form of Penal Control in the United States, 1952 – 2014.”
Chair: Pepper Culpepper, European University Institute
Discussant: Patrick Le Galès, Sciences Po

SESSION B
Joan Robinson, Columbia University, “Conceiving technology: How political alliance and legal opportunity brought the pregnancy test home.”
Chair: Christine Musselin, Sciences Po
Discussant: Fabian Muniesa, Mines ParisTech

3:15–4:30: Breakout Sessions

SESSION A
Nina Engwicht, Max Planck Institute, “Illegal markets in post-conflict societies: The Sierra Leonean diamond market.”
Chair: Jens Beckert, Max Planck Institute
Discussant: James Mahoney, Northwestern University

SESSION B
Brett Meyer, Columbia University, “Labor Market Polarization and Trade Union Decline: Evidence from OECD Countries and Linked Employer-Employee Data from Germany.”
Chair: Steve Nelson, Northwestern University
Discussant: André Kaiser, Universität Köln

4:45–6:00: Breakout Sessions

SESSION A
Lisa Kastner, Sciences Po, “Regulatory capture? The role of weak interests in financial regulatory reforms.”
Chair: Olivia Nicol, Columbia University
Discussant: Pepper Culpepper, European University Institute

SESSION B
Charlotte Haberstroh, European University Institute, “Managing Inequalities while Maintaining Advantage: School Choice Politics and the Middle Class in England and Sweden.”
Chair: David Stark, Columbia University
Discussant: Christine Musselin, Sciences Po

Tuesday, July 8

9:00–10:30: Breakout Sessions

SESSION A
Sanna Salo, European University Institute, “The Curious Prevalence of Austerity: Politics of Economic Policymaking in the Eurozone Crisis.”
Chair: Patrick Le Galès, Sciences Po
Discussant: Josh Whitford, Columbia University

SESSION B
Marcin Serafin, Max Planck Institute, “Taxi drivers and technology: prosthesis, mediation and power.”
Chair: Dan Wang, Columbia Business School
Discussant: Beth Bechky, The Stern School, New York University

11:00–12:15: Plenary Session
Beth Bechky, The Stern School, New York University, “When scientific truth meets legal proof: Creating ‘more scientific’ forensic evidence.”
Discussant: Gil Eyal, Columbia University

1:15–2:30: Breakout Sessions

SESSION A
Erin Lockwood, Northwestern University, “The Politics of Self-Regulation: Authoritative Practices in the Credit Derivatives Market Before and After the Financial Crisis.”
Chair: André Kaiser, Universität Köln
Discussant: Bruce Kogut, Columbia Business School

SESSION B
Solomon Zori, Max Planck Institute, “Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in Africa. A Comparative Institutional Analysis of Ghana and Nigeria.”
Chair: James Mahoney, Northwestern University
Discussant: Katharina Pistor, Coumbia Law School

2:45–4:00: Plenary Session
Bruce Kogut, Columbia Business School, “Governance by Networks: A Computational Social Science View on Clubs, Generating Rules, and Possible Alternative Worlds.”
Discussant: Pepper Culpepper, European University Institute

Wednesday, July 9

9:00–10:15: Plenary Session
Katharina Pistor, Coumbia Law School, “The Tragedy of Exclusion.”
Discussant: Steve Nelson, Northwestern University

10:45–12:00: Breakout Sessions

SESSION A
Tom Chevallier, Science Po, “Varieties of Youth Welfare Citizenship.”
Chair: Stephen Nelson, Northwestern University
Discussant: James Mahoney, Northwestern University University

SESSION B
Philipp Brandt, Columbia University, “Working Forms of Knowledge: The Composition of Data Science, 2007–2013.”
Chair: Christine Musselin, Sciences Po
Discussant: Jens Beckert, Max Planck Institute

12:00–12:30: Closing Remarks

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