Postdoc in project ‘Business corporations as political actors’

The application deadline is 1 February 2022.

Companies are being regulated by politics, but they also shape the political arena themselves, whenever they influence politicians and political parties. Moreover, companies fulfill public functions such as providing public goods, regulating their own business activities, or addressing societal problems, like environmental harms. Can such a mixture of private activity and public responsibility be legitimate, in a democratic society? Do traditionally state-oriented normative ideals such as democracy, social justice and human rights apply to them? These are central questions in the ERC-Consolidator Grant-project ‘The Business Corporation as a Political Actor’. For more information, please visit the project website.

The postdoc position will execute one of the subprojects within this larger project, namely the one on ‘Economic Theories of the Corporation’. This subproject seeks to integrate insights from prevailing economic theories of the firm into the debate about the political theory of corporations. For example, can economic theories account for corporate power? To what extent do economic constraints arising from market competition make it more difficult to render corporate political power legitimate? Since corporations are both economic and political actors, the subproject aims to understand whether and how these two sides can be integrated. This is crucial for the development of a sound political theory of corporations.

You will work under the supervision of the program leader, Rutger Claassen. You will be part of a research team consisting of two PhD-candidates and two postdoctoral researchers. You will play an active role in the research team, organize and take part in workshops, public events and other activities. The positions are based at the Ethics Institute, which is part of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies of Utrecht University, which provides a stimulating and internationally oriented research environment. The position starts at September 1st, 2022.

Qualifications

  • You have completed a PhD in philosophy or in a related field (or for Dutch applicants, a PhD dissertation in one of these fields has already been accepted by the PhD Committee), by the time the position takes effect (September 1st, 2022). Additional knowledge in a field relevant to the project (especially law, economics, political science, history, sociology or business/management studies) is a plus.
  • You are specialised in ethics and/or political philosophy, for example in the field of political authority/legitimacy, democratic theory and/or theories of justice.
  • You have an excellent track record and research skills, relative to experience; and excellent academic writing and presentation skills.
  • You have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • You have an active interest in interdisciplinary work which connects philosophical analysis to other relevant disciplines and societal challenges.

Offer

We offer a position of 0.8 FTE for 2 years. Initially the contract will be for one year. In case of good performance and a positive evaluation, the contract will be extended for the remaining period. The gross salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience  – ranges between €3,420 and €4,348 (scale 10 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. 

Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here

Apply

To apply, please upload the following documents:

(1) a one-page letter of motivation; followed by a one-page research note, setting out your ideas about how to work out the postdoc subproject (‘Economic theories of the Corporation’ see above).

(2) a curriculum vitae of maximum 3 pages, including the names and contact details of two scholars who can be contacted for a reference (NO reference letters at this stage).

(3) One writing sample of maximum 20 pages. 

Interviews are scheduled in the week of 21-25 February. Employment will become effective by 1 September 2022. Webversion of the job ad can be found here. To apply, please click here.

PhD position in Financial Economics (within a philosophy of economics-oriented project)

We run an interdisciplinary project “Values in Finance” that combines financial economics and the philosophy of economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam: https://www.eur.nl/en/research/erasmus-initiatives/dynamics-inclusive-prosperity/research-projects/values-finance

Within that project, we have a fully funded PhD position available, based in the Department of Finance at Rotterdam School of Management: https://www.erim.eur.nl/doctoral-programme/phd-in-management/phd-vacancies/values-in-finance/

The position would be an opportunity to work towards a PhD in financial economics at a top school, while also enjoying the context of an interdisciplinary research project that has a strong philosophy of economics component and enjoys close links to the “Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics” (EIPE), an international stronghold of the philosophy of economics in the last 25 years.

Do note this is a PhD in financial economics (and not philosophy), so a strong quantitative background and interest are a must.

For more information, please contact Dr. Conrad Heilmann, heilmann@esphil.eur.nl

‘Finance, Law, and Sustainability: the EU sustainable finance action plan’

A Phinance Online Seminar by Boudewijn de Bruin on 25 November 2021, 17:00 CET

Open to the public. Zoom link: https://uniroma1.zoom.us/j/83148274093

Finance, law, and sustainability are more and more interconnected.
When law takes over, important questions must be asked. What is the power of legislation and litigation, and what legal instruments and tactics are appropriate? Boudewijn will zoom in on legislative initiatives around sustainable finance deriving from the Action Plan Financing Sustainable Growth published by the European Commission in 2018.

He will discuss the appropriateness of various instruments proposed in the Action Plan, using a reflexive law approach coupled with insights from behavioural economics and epistemology. He will point to the challenges such an approach encounters, and gesture at some tentative suggestions on how to address them.

This meeting of the Phinance Online Seminars will discuss Boudwjin’s view with contributions from Arnaud Van Caenegem (KU Leuven), Joakim Sandberg (University of Gothenburg), and Boudewijn himself, which will be followed by an open debate.

Financial Ethics Workshop – September 16-17

The Financial Ethics Research Group (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) is organizing its first “Financial Ethics Workshop” on September 16-17. See the detailed schedule below.

The workshop will be held on zoom. Registration is free but mandatory. Please send an email to <louis.larue.2@gu.se> no later than September 14.

Following the workshop, a planned book on the philosophy of money and finance, edited by Joakim Sandberg and Lisa Warenski, is due to be published by Oxford University Press.

Note: Time indicated below is UCT+2 (Central European Summer Time)

Thursday 16 SeptemberTitle
10h30 – Joakim Sandberg (University of Gothenburg )Welcome address.
11h Adrian Walsh (University of New England, Australia)Financial Ethics and the Moral Status of the Profit Motive
12h Lunch 
13h Boudewijn de Bruin (University of Groningen)Reflexive Law and Epistemic Virtues: The EU Sustainable Finance Action Plan
14h Richard Endörfer (University of Gothenburg)What precisely is Wrong with Banks Contributing to Financial Crises?
15h Break 
15h30 Lisa Warenski (CUNY)Epistemic Dimensions of Culture and Conduct
16h30 Aaron James (University of California, Irvine)Rawls, Lerner, and the Tax-and-Spend Booby Trap
Friday 17 September 
9h30 – Welcome 
10h Marco Meyer (University of Hamburg)Credit and Distributive Justice
11h Christopher J. Cowton (Huddersfield Business School)Truth in financial accounting
12h Lunch 
13h Clément Fontan (UCLouvain)Beating around the (green) bush: central banks in face of the environmental meltdown.
14h Joshua Preiss (Minnesota State University)Freedom and the Ends of Financial Market Reform

Conference on Climate Change Adaptation Finance, September 6-7

The programme for the conference on “Climate Change Adaptation Finance: Normative and Empirical Perspectives” is now online. It includes a Keynote by Stacy-Ann Robinson (accessible without registration) and a Panel Discussion with representatives from governments, NGOs, policy advice and science. The full programme and further information are available at: https://www.adjust-climate.org/en/conference-2021/

The online conference takes place from September 6 to 7 and registration is free. Just send an email to Jochen Heubach (jheubach@philsem.uni-kiel.de) until September 1, saying that you want to participate in the conference.

The conference brings together leading scholars working on adaptation finance who will present their work on topics such as risk reduction, justice & equity, access to finance, reporting and allocative issues. From a variety of perspectives and disciplines, it aims at discussing how to achieve an effective and fair distribution of available adaptation finance and how to increase that funding.

Summer School on “The Workings of Capital: Perspectives on Exploitation in Law, Labor, and Distribution”

When: July 15-17, 2021

Where: The school will be held online. We will monitor existing conditions and regulations, and if possible, we will move the event to a blended format, featuring on-campus lectures and online sessions. In case of a blended format, the event will be hosted at the Auditorium of the Institute of Letters and Human Sciences (ILCH) at the ​University of Minho, Braga.

Organization: This event is co-organized by the Centre for Ethics, Politics, and Society of the University of Minho, and the Philosophy Department of the University of York

Convenors: Catarina Neves, Daniele Santoro, and Pedro Teixeira

Speakers:  Martin O’Neill (University of York), Katharina Pistor (Columbia University), João Rodrigues (Universidade de Coimbra), Nicholas Vrousalis (University of Rotterdam)

Website: https://12thsummerschoolcepsbraga.weebly.com

Description
Since Marx’s early theorization, exploitation has been identified as a defining feature of the capitalist mode of production. Exploitation sheds light on the causes of the unfair distribution of resources, opportunities, and wealth, the commodification of the labor market, as well as the plundering of natural resources. It also has the normative significance of both a moral wrongdoing and a structural aspect of an unjust system that calls for change, activism, and revolution once again. As inequalities soar and the concentration of wealth lacerates the social fabric of traditional welfare state societies, the exploitative nature of late-stage capitalism has drawn the attention of a new generation of political philosophers, both in the critical and the analytical tradition.

How does capitalist exploitation take place through legal, distribution, and productive means?  How should we understand the conceptual and normative dimensions of exploitation, and what policies should be pursued to create a less exploitative form of production? The goal of the 12th edition is to answer this question by exploring the role exploitation plays within new forms of capitalist production.

The critique of capitalism is a recurrent theme of the School. In past editions, we discussed alternatives to the existing capitalist regime, such as property-owning democracy (2014) and democratic socialism (2018). We also questioned the legitimacy of free-market capitalism and the role of corporations (2019). 

Our aim in this edition is to elucidate the concept of exploitation, investigate its distributive implications for public policy, its impact on labor and the labor market, and the legal framework enabling exploitative processes.

Among the questions we are particularly interested in debating are the following:   

  • What is exploitation? Is exploitation always unjust? How to distinguish exploitation from other forms of moral wrongdoing?
  • What taxonomy of exploitation can we identify in capitalistic and socialist regimes?
  • Are new forms of exploitation essentially distinct from traditional forms of exploitation?
  • Which are the forms of labor most affected by current forms of exploitation? How can decommodification mitigate individuals’ exploitation in the labor market?
  • How can policies of predistribution and/or redistribution address issues of exploitation?
  • Can egalitarian policies mitigate exploitation, and if so, which ones are the most effective?
  • Can exploitation happen in an egalitarian society, and what can we do about it?
  • What is the role of the law in perpetuating inequality and exploitation, especially through financial markets?

Format

The school will take place over three days. Two invited lectures will be delivered each day. We invite the participation of Ph.D. students, postdoctoral scholars, and established researchers to join us in the discussion and present their ongoing work on these topics or any related theme. Abstract proposals should not exceed 500 words. To submit a proposal, visit the School’s website.

Deadline for Abstract submission: May 30, 2021
Applicants who only wish to attend the summer school, and do not want to submit a proposal, should only register for the event (see information below).

Participation

Due to travel restrictions that could still affect on-site participation next Summer, the School is being organized in a digital format this year. We hope that delivering the event online will encourage proposals from many who might be hesitating to commit to an in-person event, giving the current uncertainty. We will follow the changes in travel restrictions and the regulations in Portugal regarding international academic events. In case the situation changes, we will consider a blended format for the school, and we will inform all participants. More information about the format will be provided closer to the date of the school. For now, participants will be asked to submit their preferences for the school’s format.

The participation fee is 30 Euros in case the school takes place online. In case we are able to organize a partial in-person event, we will ask participants to increase the fee up to 50 Euros to cover expenses.  Detailed information about registration and payment procedures are available on the School’s website.

Deadline for registration: June 20, 2021. ​​

Information about the program and the school format will be available later on the website. 

For other queries, contact: 12thbragasummerschool@gmail.com

Climate Futures Workshop 2021: Climate Solutions, Money, and Politics

Asynchronous / Online / June 16-30

https://cfi-onlineworkshop.net/2021-cfa

All solutions to climate change—whether mitigation, adaptation, or compensation—play out against a backdrop of domestic and global financial, economic, and political systems. Proposed climate solutions raise issues of justice as well as politics and finance. The complex interplay of these issues calls for conversation and collaboration across disciplinary boundaries.

Visions of a Just Transition, a Green New Deal, or a Green Recovery from COVID-19 have captivated imaginations: but to what extent should responses to climate change be intertwined with radical social, economic, or political transformation? Fossil fuel companies facing asset stranding have obstructed climate solutions: but do they hold the key to developing carbon dioxide removal technologies? Renewable energy remains generally capital-intensive: how can we incentivise breakthrough innovations? Future generations will benefit significantly from action on climate change today: should we “borrow from the future” to fund a clean energy transition?

Facilitating conversations addressing such questions is the aim of this year’s Climate Futures Workshop. We outline some other possible questions below:

Broad

  • What role should we take self-interest to play in climate finance and politics, and how should self-interested motivations be constrained and channeled?
  • Is it feasible or desirable for future generations to bear any of the costs of current mitigation measures?
  • How do climate solutions connect with social movements for political and climate justice?

Narrow

  • Can fossil-fuel firms transform themselves from part of the problem to part of the solution? Can and should they be forgiven for their past roles in causing climate change and obstructing action to mitigate it? What kinds of constructive contributions can they offer? How can the various resources of fossil-fuel companies be redirected for developing climate solutions?
  • Developed countries agreed in Paris to a goal of “mobilising” $100bn per year by 2020 in climate finance. How should “mobilisation” be understood? How can climate finance be made more effective?
  • Can payments for ecosystem services such as natural carbon sinks be both just and effective?
  • What balance of command-and-control or pricing instruments will best achieve climate justice?
  • What role should economic measurements of the social cost of carbon play in setting climate policy, given the theoretical and practical difficulties of an accurate assessment?
  • Is buying fossil fuel reserves in order to keep them in the ground a feasible strategy?
  • Can changes in corporate governance incentivise increased investment in climate change adaptation?

Presenters

  • Robert Keohane
  • John Broome
  • Rebecca Henderson
  • Michael Oppenheimer
  • Simon Caney
  • Alyssa Bernstein
  • Paul Kelleher
  • Rachel Kyte
  • Angel Hsu
  • Alexandre Gajevic Sayegh
  • Matto Mildenberger
  • Jessica Green
  • Thea Riofrancos

Organizers

The Climate Futures Workshop 2021 is sponsored by the Climate Futures Initiative, the High Meadows Environmental Institute, and the Center for Human Values at Princeton University.

Essay Contest ‘The Future of Capitalism in Europe’

The Future Markets Consultation invites students and young scholars to submit their ideas on a sustainable and just market economy for Europe in the shape of an essay. A prize is available in three categories: (1) bachelor students, (2) master & PhD students and (3) young scholars until 35 years.

What we are looking for
The length of your essay should be at most 3,500 words including notes and references. Your essay should be aimed at an educated, yet non-academic public. A preference will be given to essays that do not just analyze the current situation, but also suggest ways to move forward.

What happens to your essay
All essays will be taken into account as input for the final report of the Future Markets Consultation. A selection of the best essays will be published on both the consultation website and on the Moral Markets portal.

Essay topics
You can write an essay on any topic that is of relevance to the consultation, including but not limited to:

  • Markets, government & civil society
  • How to deal with growing inequality
  • The desirability & necessity of economic growth
  • Sustainability & markets
  • Economics & the common good
  • Democratizing the economy
  • The role of civil society in capitalism
  • Business as a force for good
  • Dealing with corporate power concentrations
  • The role of work in the economy of the future
  • Reforming finance & financial institutions
  • The mix of global & local / smart globalisation
  • The spiritual & moral foundations of capitalism
  • The potential for cooperatives
  • Stimulating sustainable growth
  • True pricing

For more suggestions for relevant topics, please check our website.

Deadline: 3 January December 2021
For information on the essay contest, please visit:
https://www.moralmarkets.org/futuremarketsconsultation/activities/essay-contest/

CFP: Ethics of Business, Trade & Global Governance – An Online Conference

Date:  Friday, December 4, 2020
Proposal Submission Deadline: September 15, 2020
Plenary Speaker: Douglas Irwin, John French Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College

The Saint Anselm College Center for Ethics in Business and Governance, in cooperation with the Department of Finance—University of Vienna and the University of St. Andrews Centre for Responsible Banking & Finance, announces a call for proposals for a one-day conference on the economics, ethics and governance of global commerce.

International trade policies and disputes have dominated domestic and international politics.  From the continued negotiations in the EU and the UK over Brexit to US/China tariff “battles,” the questions and debates over international trade and capital flows will not be going away, particularly in the midst, and in the aftermath, of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Many of these trade discussions highlight the economic benefits and costs of individual trade deals or policies without examining the diverse ethical, economic, social and political ramifications of globalization and trade for global actors as well as for local communities and businesses. What is needed now is a more comprehensive, interdisciplinary discussion of the complexities of international commerce.

The goal of this one-day conference is to bring together ethicists, economists, political scientists, international relations scholars, policy experts, and business leaders to examine not only the political and economic impact of globalization but also how international trade and investment can be conducted more ethically.

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Postdoc “Democratic Governance of Funded Pension Schemes” at Leiden University

The Institute of Public Administration of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs at Leiden University is looking for a post-doctoral researcher for the NORFACE-funded project  “Democratic Governance of Funded Pension Schemes” (DEEPEN). The position is for up to 3 years, with a start date  between September 1 and December 1, 2020.

The postdoc will be part of the research team at Leiden University, led by Dr. Natascha van der Zwan. Other research teams are based in Austria, Ireland and Spain. We’re looking for candidates with a PhD in political science, sociology, or related discipline. Candidates should also have a strong command of qualitative research methods. In addition to proficiency in English, a good command of Dutch is considered an important asset.

Deadline for applications is soon: *June 23, 2020*.

A full description of the position can be found here <https://nataschavanderzwan.com/2020/06/09/postdoc-for-deepen-project/>.

To apply, please use the Leiden University application portal <https://career012.successfactors.eu/career?_s.crb=gkRl6T%252bfNEZ9InAGuuUxS6knMFaVWIh5IZF%252fWRVXIKE%253d>.