Wien, 2017, Oct 12-14

Friday 28 July 2017

“VOICE OR EXIT? Causes and Consequences of the Destabilization of Monetary Unions”

Date: October 12 – 14, 2017

Venue: University of Vienna

The European Monetary Union as well as the European Union as a whole is in a serious crisis for some time past. That the EMU is one of the trouble spots is hardly surprising. Already a cursory glance at history shows that monetary unions during the time where often problematic and could evolve splitting power. Likewise, monetary changes have always provoked reactions of acceptance or rejection, with which we can compare in European history.

Money is not a purely financial concept. It is, in fact, implicitly related to cultural herit-age and societal relations. This has an impact on the success or failure of a monetary union. Understanding this point is central to solving the current EU identity crisis, and it demands a multidisciplinary approach that goes beyond economics (history, anthropol-ogy, economic anthropology, sociology, art history, economic history, linguistics, etc.). We will go beyond the purely economic and financial models of money, by employing social, anthropological, historical and cultural approaches.

Consequently monetary inte-gration and the governance of monetary unions cannot only be discussed under the as-pect of optimal or non-optimal currency area.

Our workshop will address the subject from a cultural and historical approach, going beyond the purely economic or monetary aspects usually adopted in most of the re-search focused on this question. It will adopt an innovative transnational, multi-period approach, which will promote a comparative synthesis of existing knowledge and deliv-er new insights into different aspects of money and currencies.

The aim of the workshop is to build a bridge between history, cultural aspects, econom-ics, society, and politics. By studying past and present examples it will reach a better understanding of the dynamics of monetary and currency unions and the practical im-plications for the development of a single and transnational currency (Peebles, 2010). This will allow us to re-think the future of the Euro, which is now faced with problems with which historians are all too familiar – inflation and crises of confidence, the col-lapse of central political authority, etc.

Furthermore – to take Hirschman’s concept – we will not only the voice option, but also the exit option. What are the causes for leaving a monetary union and what are the eco-nomic and political consequences of leaving a monetary integrated area?

And we have to face the question which role place loyalty reaching a decision whether to stay within the union and bargain for changes or to opt out. As we have in history a number of examples for monetary integration we to have not a few for the fall apart of monetary integrated areas.

On this workshop we want to intensify an interdisciplinary debate

  • on the interdependencies of the monetary regime and the economic, social, cultural and political framing of monetary policy
  • ideas and strategies of governing monetary unions especially under the aspect of sustainability and resilience to neo-nationalistic tendencies.
  • concepts and strategies of monetary disintegration.

The organizers try to get financial support for travelling expenses. But we hope you un-derstand that at this stage we cannot make any commitments regarding financial sup-port.

Papers will use history (modern and pre-modern, European and non-European historical cases) to analyze inter alia the driving forces behind monetary unification and disintegration; the alternative of voice and exit; the alternative of central steering institutions and decentralized financial competences, the role of culture, history, religion, ethnic and national antagonisms, the role of gaps in economic performance, trade, politics, economic ideas etc in these processes.

Organizers: Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jürgen Nautz
Department of Economics,
Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics University of Vienna
Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1,
A-1090 Vienna
Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe
Warburg Study Center
Prozessionsweg 1
D-34414 Hanseatic City Warburg

Prof. Dr. Georges Depeyrot
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
École Normale Supérieure
45 rue d’Ulm
F-75005 Paris


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