Flagship Programme

The Foundation's first programme of research commenced in the Autumn of 2012.
This programme, 'The Political Economy of Financial Markets', is based at the University of Oxford, in the European Studies Centre of St Antony's College, and is now affiliated with the Centre for International Studies in the Department of Politics and International Relations.

The programme aims to foster research into the political-economic drivers of changes in financial markets, in light of the global and euro area financial crises. It will focus in particular on issues at the intersection of macroeconomics and financial studies, and is concerned with the institutional setting in which policy towards financial markets is formed at the national and European levels. It will thus draw on expertise in the fields of politics, international relations, macroeconomics, law, business and global economic governance, with the support of UK and international experts in these fields.

A network of academic, official and private market experts was established and began work on initial projects in three areas:

  • Financial Integration in Europe;
  • the Role of Regulatory Capture in the Run-up to the Crisis; and
  • the Design of Macroeconomic Frameworks in a World of Imperfect Financial markets.
A summary of subsequent and substantial progress is contained in the Programme's Report of August 2016 to this Foundation.

The programme aims to benefit the public by holding workshops, seminars and lectures; by publishing discussion papers, and journal articles and press material; and by drawing its findings to the attention of policy-makers, though without engaging in political activity.

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