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Jakob Vestergaard

Associate Professor

  • Universitetsvej 1, 14.2

    DK-4000 Roskilde

    Denmark

20042019

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Research

Research

I have worked extensively on international financial regulation, from the financial crisis in Asia in the late 1990s to the global financial crisis in 2008 and the subsequent banking and sovereign debt crisis in the EU. I am particularly interested in mapping and analysing competing perspectives on financial crises, and on problematizing dominant policy responses to these events, that has so dramatic societal costs. Closely related to this is a firm interest in the conditions under which international policy norms for economic development and financial stability change, or not. I take an interest in these issues not only as a crucial economic policy concern, but also from a perspective of social theory. To what extent and how do these events – and the modes of reasoning and governmental techniques that are mobilized in dealing with them – lead to reconfigurations of what constitutes a ‘proper’ mode of organizing economies? In the US-China trade war as well as in issues of euro reforms, I surmise that we are witnessing a destabilization and recasting of what is considered legitimate state-market boundaries that I aim to document, analyze and problematize.

Within this broad set of research interests, I am currently working on completing a couple of specific projects:

  • The mobilization of the European Central Bank in the fiscal disciplining of member states
  • A quantitative forensics of the post-crisis bank capital regulation stasis in Europe
  • An analysis of the European Central Banks’ halfbaked supervision mandate
  • An exploration of the ‘deep causes’ of the euro reform impasse
  • A conceptual critique of Hall’s theory of policy paradigms

Teaching and supervision

My main areas of teaching are International Political Economy (IPE) and Macroeconomics. In terms of macroeconomics, my main interest is comparative and epistemological – but if pressed I identify mostly with Post-Keynesian economics. Most of my supervision tasks are in the broad fields of IPE and macroeconomics, but I also supervise International Relations (IR) projects, especially if they have a strong geoeconomic dimension. I have a (slightly rusty) passion for French historical epistemology (Canguilheim, Bourdieu, Foucault) and a strong interest in supervising projects that engages with economic discourse from constructivist or poststructuralist perspectives.    

Dissemination

Contributing to policy debates in Denmark and abroad is an important, personal objective. I have written more than 15 op-eds for leading international media (Financial Times, New York Times, etc) and more than 60 essays for Danish media (Information, Weekendavisen, Politiken, Ræson mm). 

Background

I have a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Copenhagen (Dept of Economics) and a PhD in International Political Economy (Copenhagen Business School). Throughout my studies, I took interest in the history and philosophy of science, as well as in economic sociology. I have been affiliated with London School of Economics (LSE) for most of my career, first as a visiting research student during my PhD, then as fully funded ESRC postdoc fellow (Dept of Accounting and Finance) and in recent years as Research Associate and Visiting Fellow (Dept of International Development). After my post doc at LSE, I was appointed Associate Professor at CBS (Dept of Management, Politics and Philosophy), before moving on to a position as senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS).

Keywords

  • Economics, Politics
  • History, Society

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Research Output

De rettroende hævder, at et årtis sparepolitik har bragt orden i EU. Men det passer ikke

Vestergaard, J., 19 Aug 2019, In : Information.

Research output: Contribution to journalContribution to newspaper - Newspaper articleCommunication

Det er den finansielle integration, der driver EU’s økonomiske ubalancer

Vestergaard, J., 1 Aug 2019, In : Information. Sektion 1, s. 8, p. Sektion 1, s. 8

Research output: Contribution to journalContribution to newspaper - Newspaper articleCommunication

Euroen er blevet spændetrøjen, der gør ondt værre

Vestergaard, J., 7 Aug 2019, In : Information. Sektion 1, s. 10, p. Sektion 1, s. 10

Research output: Contribution to journalContribution to newspaper - Newspaper articleCommunication

Euroen er i problemer, og det skyldes hverken italienske populister eller dovne grækere

Vestergaard, J., 16 Jul 2019, In : Information. Sektion 1, s. 8, p. Sektion 1, s. 8

Research output: Contribution to journalContribution to newspaper - Newspaper articleCommunication

Euroens problem – mellem sydeuropæisk umådehold og nordeuropæisk selvretfærdighed

Vestergaard, J., 26 Jul 2019, In : Information.

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Press / Media

Folketinget tillader ny version af lån, der medvirkede til finanskrise

Jakob Vestergaard

25/10/2018

2 items of Media coverage

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Professor: " Historisk svigt, hvis Trump bliver eftergivende"

Jakob Vestergaard

16/05/2018

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media