The democratization of finance on a global scale? – Financial literacy education and the making of a transnational policy project
Researcher: Marcus Wolf
The dissertation project looks into the regulatory narratives and political institutionalization of ‘financial literacy education’ and tries to reconstruct the development of the policy programme since the 2000s. Financial literacy education is regarded as a political project of everyday finance which gathers support from both industry associations, parts of consumer organizations and public institutions. One central aspect to the dissertation project will be to understand the mechanisms and actor constellations that have contributed to the global ascent of the project, which makes the triangulation of methods from content analysis, network analysis and social sequence analysis.
Conference presentations related to the project
- 10/2016: The ambiguous role of consumer organizations in EU financial regulation – the fight between market expansion and consumer protection. Paper for the Workshop “Réguler, conseiller, éduquer? Comment les politiques publiques encadrent-elles l’argent des ménages?” at the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations, Sciences Po Paris.
- 07/2016: Debtor and investor organizations in post-crisis financial regulation. Presentation at the 3rd International Sociological Association (ISA) Forum of Sociology in Vienna, Session ‘Reconsidering Debt, Money, and Other Relationships’.
- 05/2016: Financial literacy and the making of a transnational policy project. Presentation at the Center for Transnational Studies (ZenTra) of the University of Bremen.
- 03/2016: Financial literacy education and the role of debtors and investors in financial regulation. Paper for the workshop “Debt trails: Mapping relations of debt and credit from everyday actors to global credit markets” at ELTE University Budapest, organized by ELTE and the Journal of Cultural Economy (JCE).
- 10/2015: Consumption and Democracy. The role of financial consumer organizations in post-crisis EU regulation. Paper for the FESSUD annual conference in Lisbon.