P&F Seminar on IMF – World Bank Collaboration

On June 29 (12:15-13:45), the “Transnational Political Ordering in Global Finace” research group will be hosting another “Politics & Finance” seminar at the University of Bremen. Matthias Kranke from the University of Warwick will talk about “The Politics of IMF-World Bank Collaboration: Rethinking Institutional Change”. Matthias is a PhD candidate at Warwick´s Department of Politics and International Studies and has studied Political Science and International Relations in Lund (Sweden), Trier (Germany), and Sydney.

The event will take place at the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS) at the University of Bremen (Mary-Somerville-Straße 7, Bremen) in room 7.2020.We invite all fellow scholars from the University of Bremen, students, members of the BIGSSS graduate school and anyone else interested in discussing current empirical research on global finance to participate in the seminars.

Abstract of the talk

Conventional accounts of institutional change in global governance tend to foreground either the macro level of international regimes or the micro level of one international organisation. In my talk, I seek to explore the middle ground that connects these two levels. At the meso level, we find, among other things, collaborative relationships between international organisations, such as between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. The political study of inter-agency relationships needs to cut through a ticket of technicalities, especially when we want to understand how collaborating organisations devise rules of interaction. I argue that institutional change between the IMF and the World Bank following the global financial crisis was highly uneven and specific to the field of interaction. The tentative findings suggest that bureaucratic actors from ideologically proximate organisations, or even from within the same organisation, may construe what appears to be the same crisis in largely different ways.