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Chinese Authoritarian Capitalism and the Role of Economic Ideology in Global Monetary Change

Chinese Authoritarian Capitalism and the Role of Economic Ideology in Global Monetary Change

Research seminar with Julian Gruin, University of Amsterdam and Åsa Malmström Rognes, Uppsala University

Julian Gruin presented a paper that investigates the resilience of the USD-dominated international monetary system under conditions of increasing flux and uncertainty in the world economy: a situation of ‘unsustainable stability’. Moving beyond economistic interpretations of monetary ‘fitness’, it provides a first-look into how economic ideology is related to change and continuity in the international monetary system. It presents the results of a pilot study mapping the economic ideological discourses present within the London transnational investment community and probes the ways in which these discourses potentially affect investment decisions with respect to Chinese RMB-denominated financial assets. The preliminary findings contribute to debates on the future of the ‘liberal’ global economic order and advance a growing research emphasis within international political economy on the ideational and macroeconomic underpinnings of global monetary and financial transformation.

Speaker: Julian Gruin, Assistant Professor of Transnational Governance at the University of Amsterdam and ESRC FRL Fellow at the University of Warwick. He holds a PhD from the University of Oxford.

Gruin works primarily within the disciplines of international political economy and economic sociology, with research interests in global financial governance, Chinese political economy, and the evolving nature of power in the global economy.

Discussant: Åsa Malmström Rognes, researcher at the Department of Economic History at Uppsala University.

The seminar was moderated by Nicola Nymalm, research fellow at UI's Asia Programme.

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