Sebastian Möller will participate in this year´s Master Class “Markets & Democracy” with Prof. Wolfgang Streeck at the University of Lucerne. The Lucerne Master Class 2015 enables doctoral students from Switzerland and from abroad to deepen their understandings of the relationship between markets and democracy and to go beyond common patterns of perception. Doctoral students will receive the opportunity to present their work to the other participants and to discuss it with Prof. Wolfgang Streeck.
During the week, Sebastian will present his research on the spread of financial market activities of municipal governments. In his dissertation project, Sebastian sets out to describe, compare, and understand the purchase of derivatives like interest rate swaps by local treasuries in different European countries. Particularly, he is interested in the the role of transnational service firms like banks, consultancies and law firms in the promotion and implementation of such activities. Since the adoption of financial market logics is likely to have considerable implications for local democracy, this topic can both contribute and benefit from the discussions at the workshop in Lucerne.