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Dr Andrea Binder is the winner of the Körber Foundation's German Dissertation Award 2020 in the social sciences.

last modified Jul 29, 2020 02:18 PM
Dr Andrea Binder is the winner of the Körber Foundation's German Dissertation Award 2020 in the social sciences. The prize honors excellent PhD research with a high relevance for society. The annual competition is held under the auspices of Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble. The award is endowed with EUR25.000.
Dr Andrea Binder is the winner of the Körber Foundation's German Dissertation Award 2020 in the social sciences.

Andrea Binder

Andrea's thesis analyses the relationship between offshore finance and state power. 

Offshore financial services are used by wealthy individuals and corporations to access credit not available onshore, to minimise tax bills, to avoid government regulations and to obscure legally and illegally made fortunes. Seen from offshore, the shape of the contemporary international economy appears quite different from the conventional view. Some of its most fundamental elements appear bigger - for instance the amount of US dollar created offshore - or smaller - for instance the volume of foreign direct investment - than official statistics suggest. That is, important elements of the offshore economy remain invisible to researchers and the general public alike. The thesis employs Geoffry Ingham's notion of credit-money and compares the (ab)uses of offshore financial services in Britain, Germany, Mexico and Brazil based on a mixed-methods approach, combining banking statistics with elite interviews and historical analysis. The thesis demonstrates that offshore financial services are a central part of the international economy. Across all cases, offshore money creation in the Eurodollar markets is more consequential for the power of the state than is offshore tax planning. Yet, the nature of the effect varies from country to country. It depends on the historically grown domestic elite bargain over how to finance the state.

The award will be given at an event in December 2020.

The department of Politics and International Studies would like to congratulate Andrea on her success. PhD Thesis title: The politics of the invisible: offshore finance and state power. Supervisors: Helen Thompson and Jason Sharman

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