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Economic Ideas and the Network Structure of Economic Expertise in Germany and the U.S. During the Great Recession

Tuesday 17 April 2018
Diplomacy and Global Affairs Research Seminar Series 2018
Schouwburgstraat 2
2511 VA The Hague


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About the lecture

In his lecture, Alexandre Afonso will show how the network structure of economic expertise can influence the diffusion of ideas and economic policymaking in times of crisis. Applying social network analysis, he will analyse the networks of economic policy advice in the United States and Germany around the Council of Economic Advisors and the Sachverständigenrat. With the help of co-publication and institutional affiliation data, he will argue that the more fragmented structure of academic expertise in Germany fostered continuity in the austerity paradigm by providing fewer channels for the diffusion of ideas, while the more connected nature of economic expertise in the United States facilitated the diffusion of ideas and quicker changes in dominant ideas about economic intervention.

About the speaker

Dr. Alexandre Afonso is a comparative political economist and works as assistant professor at Leiden University. He focuses on labour market governance, labour migration and political parties in Western Europe. His work has been published in academic journals such as the Journal of European Public Policy, Socio-Economic Review, European Political Science Review, Governance, Social Policy and Administration and other outlets. Before joining Leiden University, he was a lecturer in the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London (2012-2015). He has held postdoctoral research fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne (2011-2012) and the European University Institute in Florence (Max Weber programme, 2010-2011). Alexandre has also been a visiting fellow at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS, Washington DC, 2011) and the University of Amsterdam (2008-2010). He earned his PhD in Politics at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) in June 2010.

About the seminars

Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar Series is a series launched by the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. The seminars of internationally acknowledged guest researchers and faculty members deal with current research topics in diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and political economy broadly conceived and target a broad audience through their interdisciplinary focus.

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